While Graham Harrell wasn't spectacular; neither did he do anything to hurt Texas Tech while they were on offense. The game against the ‘Huskers could draw comparisons to last years loss to Colorado but one of the biggest difference is that Harrell didn't throw three interceptions.
Harrell does have some things that he'll need to address during practice this week, but overall he had a very efficient game.
Running Backs: A-
Who would have thought that there would ever be a game where the Red Raiders would outrush the Cornhuskers, though this was it. Tech rushed for 137 yards including a 49-yard gallop by Baron Batch to set up the Raiders only field goal of the day.
Overall, a very strong day from the running backs including several big catches by Baron Batch.
Offensive Line: A-
While the offensive line did a good job blocking on several key screen plays, they did have some issues at times with Nebraska's pass-rush.
However, they also did a magnificent job of run-blocking throughout the game and helped the Raiders out-rush the Huskers.
Wide Receivers: B+
A solid day from the receiving corps including a somewhat rare 50+ yard reception from Edward Britton, there was also more than one instance where Michael Crabtree had the opportunity to make a big play and was unable to do so, including losing the handle on a pass that was nearly intercepted in the closing minutes of the game.
Defensive Line: B-
Anyone who felt that Rajon Henley missing a game wouldn't be a big blow to the Swarm defense was proven to be completely mistaken. Henley, who is so talented one-on-one when his line-mate Colby Whitlock is drawing double-teams, was not on the field and it showed early and often.
Redemption was sweet for Dixon, who had a tackle for loss negated late in the game on a questionable Brandon Williams personal foul , as he began to tackle Ganz forcing the game-ending Jamar Wall interception.
The Texas Tech linebackers looked more like the unit circa early 2007 as opposed to the sure tackling unit that has been one of the defense's strengths early this season.
Overall, the linebackers were about as ineffective as they have been at any point under Ruffin McNeil and will need to work on play recognition throughout the week leading up to a big game at Texas A&M.
Jamar Wall had an atypical day as he struggled against the pass and was actually beaten for Nebraska's touchdown that sent the game into overtime. However, Wall's redemption was not long in the coming as two offensive plays later he intercepted Joe Ganz for the game-sealing interception.
Daniel Charbonnet had several key tackles and actually led the Raiders with nine tackles during the game while Darcel McBath had a very workman like day, quietly notching 8 tackles and nearly an interception to end the game on Nebraska's last drive.
Overall Grade: B-
A win is a win and it's a good thing that style points aren't awarded. While Tech played defensively about as poorly as they have since a 41-10 shellacking at the hands of Missouri last year, they made the big play when it counted to help seal the win.
The offense played a strong game, though they did let go 3 and out on an important series in the fourth quarter.
Donnie Carona has given just about every Tech fan an ulcer any time that he walks onto the field for an extra-point or a field goal, though perhaps this was supposed to be the game that Tech loses thanks to his kicking difficulties this season.
This could very-well be the best thing that could have happened to the Raiders, however, because it is a wake-up call as Tech heads into the most difficult part of its schedule.