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Nebraska-Virginia Tech Pregame Notes

With 4 rushing yards against Nebraska, Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor will pass Michael Vick for third place in career rushing yards by a Hokies' quarterback. Taylor is a junior. Vick played only two seasons.

The No. 13 Hokies (1-1) host No. 19 Nebraska (2-0) at Lane Stadium.

Last year, Taylor had his best performance of the season against the Cornhuskers. Taylor threw for 171 yards on 9-of-15 passing and ran for 87 yards. He marshaled the Hokies to a 35-30 win in Lincoln in a taut game that saw Nebraska make a late charge.

After Nebraska cut the Hokies’ lead to 5 points, Taylor showed mettle in leading the Virginia Tech on an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive with 2 minutes 28 seconds remaining. Although Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz responded with a quick touchdown, Virginia Tech's defense held off the Cornhuskers to emerge victorious.

Here are some other notes:

-- Last year, the teams met at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium and played before a record crowd of 85,831. It was the third-largest crowd that Virginia Tech has ever played football in front of, trailing only Louisiana last season (92,739) and Southern California at FedEx Field (91,665).

-- This is the third football meeting between Virginia Tech and Nebraska. It is Nebraska's first trip to Blacksburg.

-- Virginia Tech has won 31 straight non-conference home games. Its last loss was in 1998, a 36-32 defeat by Virginia.

-- Since 2001, Nebraska and Duke are the only programs from a Bowl Championship Series conference that have not defeated a top 20 team. The Cornhuskers are 0-24 in the regular season against top-20 teams in that time.

-- Nebraska has not finished in top 20 since 2003.

By Mark Viera  |  September 19, 2009; 1:49 PM ET
 
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