Texas Tech Holds on to Beat Nebraska

Joel Filani came through big in the clutch to help pull Tech past the Cornhuskers 34-31.

The last 36 opponents who have come into Lincoln for a homecoming game have left disappointed and with an additional loss on their season record. Texas Tech came to Nebraska looking to change that trend and were successful, beating the Cornhuskers 34-31.

Cody Hodges turned out another great performance, going 34-45 with 368 yards and 4 TD's. He helped Texas Tech come alive in the first half leading the Red Raiders to a 21-0 lead in front of a sold out crowd. The Nebraska defense made some great adjustments at halftime and held Texas Tech to only 2 FG's with a few minutes left in the game. Tech trailed by 4 when the offense came alive again, driving 67 yards for the game winning touchdown.

In previous years, some have questioned Joel Filani's hands, however it seems that his breakout Holiday Bowl performance wasn't just a fluke. He showed his ability to make difficult catches and become the go-to receiver that the Red Raider faithful thought he could be, catching 11 passes for 163 yards and 3 scores.

The defense made big play after big play throughout the game helping to secure the victory. The Tech defense caused 5 turnovers, stifling many of Nebraska's drives. With 8:37 left to go in the 4th, Nebraska got the ball in excellent field position on the Texas Tech 40 yard line. The Cornhuskers began driving and had first and ten on the Red Raider 11, when the Tech defense came through big allowing only 2 yards over the next 3 plays, forcing a Nebraska field goal and giving the Red Raider offense a chance to win the game.

With the Nebraska win, Texas Tech is 5-0 for the first time since 1998. The Red Raiders will try to continue their perfect season in their homecoming game against Kansas State next Saturday at 11 a.m.


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