LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Cody Hodges tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Joel Filani with 12 seconds left, lifting No. 15 Texas Tech to a 34-31 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

The Red Raiders (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) squandered a three-touchdown lead and then had to rely on good fortune to have a chance to score the winning touchdown.

Le Kevin Smith intercepted Hodges near the goal line with 1:11 left, but fumbled on the return. Danny Amendola recovered for Tech, setting up the Raiders at the Nebraska 18.

On fourth-and-2 from the 10, and with Titus Adams and Wali Muhammad in his face, Hodges threw into end zone, where a diving Filani pulled in the ball for the winning touchdown.

The Huskers (4-1, 1-1), who lost 70-10 in Lubbock last year, trailed 21-0 early in the second quarter. But they were in position to avenge their worst loss in school history with their greatest comeback. Zac Taylor’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn gave Nebraska its first lead, 28-27, with 10:10 left. Jordan Congdon’s 27-yard field goal made it a four-point cushion.

The Raiders, off to their best start since 1998, converted two fourth downs in the last two minutes.

Hodges, the nation’s leading passer, completed 34 of 45 attempts for 368 yards and four touchdowns – three to Filani, who had 11 catches for 163 yards.

Taylor was 21-of-35 for 229 yards and two touchdowns, with two interceptions.

The Huskers committed five turnovers but still almost stole a victory after Jay Moore punched the ball out of Hodges’ hands with 11:53 to play. Bo Ruud picked up the ball and ran 46 yards to the Tech 14.

Four plays later, Taylor lofted a pass to Nunn over Antonio Huffman in the back corner of the end zone.

Taurean Henderson became Tech’s all-time leader in receptions. He caught six passes for 51 yards to raise his career total to 262, tying him for the NCAA record for receptions by a running back with Long Beach State’s Mark Templeton (1984-87). Henderson led Tech rushers with 50 yards on 11 carries.

Cory Ross ran 15 times for 68 yards and caught four passes for 51 yards. Mark LeFlore led Nebraska receivers with five catches for 53 yards.

Tech, playing its first road game, scored on three of its first four possessions to lead 21-0.

Henderson took a short pass from Hodges and slipped out of the grasp of safety Daniel Bullocks for a 23-yard touchdown on the game’s opening series.

Hodges threw passes of 14 and 19 yards to Filani for the big lead early in the second quarter.

Despite left tackle Cornealius Fuamatu-Thomas’ two false starts and holding penalty, the Huskers moved 80 yards in 13 plays on their ensuing possession for the first of Cody Glenn’s two touchdowns in the final 5:21 of the half.

Fuamatu-Thomas’ first false start put Nebraska in a first-and-25, but Taylor kept the series alive with passes to Isaiah Fluellen and Grant Mulkey and, later, with a 13-yard pass to Frantz Hardy on third-and-12. Then Glenn bulled into the end zone from 5 yards out.

After Tech went three-and-out, the Huskers started their final drive of the half at the Red Raiders 29 after Cortney Grixby’s 20-yard punt return and Dwayne Slay’s second personal foul of the second quarter.

The Huskers were at the Tech 2 after Khalid Naziruddin’s pass interference penalty, and two plays later Glenn ran in from the 1.

The Huskers lost a homecoming game for the first time since 1968.

AP-ES-10-08-05 1952EDT


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