Scores

Final

Nebraska 20

(5-3, 2-2 Big Ten)

Baylor 10

(3-5, 0-4 Big 12)

12:30 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, TX

1 2 3 4 T
NEB 10 10 0 020
BAY 0 0 10 010

Top Performers

Passing: N. Florence (BAY) - 222 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Robinson (NEB) - 13 CAR, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Gettis (BAY) - 7 REC, 124 YDS

Green guides Nebraska past Baylor in first start

Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Freshman Cody Green led Nebraska to points on its first three drives in his first college start as the Cornhuskers ended a two-game losing streak, beating Baylor 20-10 on Saturday.

Justin Blatchford returned a blocked punt for a touchdown, Dontrayevous Robinson added a rushing score and Jared Crick had a school record of five sacks to help Nebraska (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) beat Baylor (3-5, 0-4) for the 10th-straight time.

Green, a Texas high school star from a town about 200 miles southeast of Waco, was 12 of 21 for 128 yards passing to stake Nebraska to a 20-0 lead. The Huskers had scored a just 17 combined points in recent home losses to Texas Tech and Iowa State, and they matched a school record with eight turnovers against the latter.

Baylor lost its fourth in a row and hasn't beaten Nebraska since 1956. Clifton Odom returned an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter to bring the Bears within 10.

Nebraska coach Bo Pelini promised personnel changes earlier this week after watching his offense sputter in consecutive lackluster performances. The biggest move came at quarterback, where junior Zac Lee had started the first seven games of the season.

Green got a hand from the Huskers' special teams before he even took the field.

Eric Martin came up the middle and blocked Derek Epperson's punt on the first series of the game. Blatchford scooped up the loose ball at 25 and dove into the end zone right in front of the red-clad Nebraska contingent.

Green and the Huskers offense received a hearty applause from Nebraska's fans when they first took the field.

The 18-year-old from Dayton, Texas scrambled for 10 yards to earn a first down on third-and-5 during Nebraska's opening offensive series, which ended in Alex Henery's 45-yard field goal.

Green was 3 of 5 passing on his second drive, including a 22-yard toss to Kyler Reed that set up another Henery field goal.

Green dropped a perfect throw just over Niles Paul's shoulder for 45 yards, giving the Huskers the ball at the Baylor 1. Robinson scored two plays later, extending Nebraska's lead to 20-0 with 9:28 left in the first half.

Nebraska had 273 yards of offense, 30 fewer than what it averaged in conference play. The Huskers, though, capitalized on their opportunities, something they didn't do when they turned the ball over four times inside the 5 last week.

The Huskers then went more than a quarter without a first down to help Baylor get back in the game.

Ben Parks kicked a 41-yard field goal to cap the Bears' first possession after halftime, then Green made his biggest mistake of the game.

Odom stepped in front of Paul and intercepted Green's pass, returning for a touchdown with 3:27 left in the third.

The Bears drove inside the Nebraska 20 twice in the fourth quarter but came away with no points. Parks missed a 24-yard field goal and turned the ball over on downs as Baylor failed to cut into Nebraska's lead.

Nebraska's defense constantly badgered quarterback Nick Florence, who started the season third on the depth chart before he was forced into action because of injuries.

Florence, 19 of 38 for 222 yards, was intercepted twice and sacked seven times. David Gettis caught seven passes for 124 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NEB
BAY
1st Downs1118
Total Yards273276
Passing128222
Rushing14554
Penalties6-654-25
3rd Down Conversions5-155-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-2
Turnovers23
Possession29:5230:08

Passing Leaders

NebraskaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Green12/211286.101
BaylorC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Florence19/382225.802

Rushing Leaders

NebraskaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson13614.7123
Green8435.4010
BaylorCARYDSAVGTDLG
Finley8192.407
Wright4153.807

Receiving Leaders

NebraskaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Paul25427.0045
Robinson3227.3019
BaylorRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gettis712417.7041
Wright44912.3028

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNEBBAY
TD13:31Justin Blatchford 25 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Alex Henery Kick) 70
FG05:43Alex Henery 45 Yd 100
SECOND QUARTERNEBBAY
FG12:16Alex Henery 22 Yd 130
TD09:28Dontrayevous Robinson 1 Yd Run (Alex Henery Kick) 200
THIRD QUARTERNEBBAY
FG09:22Ben Parks 41 Yd 203
TD03:27Cliff Odom 45 Yd Interception Return (Ben Parks Kick) 2010