September 2, 2006

Herian answers the call

Any questions or doubts that existed before Saturday afternoon about tight end Matt Herian's return to the starting lineup and his effectiveness in the Nebraska offense were quickly answered in the Huskers' 49-10 victory over Louisiana Tech.

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound All-America candidate, who hadn't played in a game since breaking his leg against Missouri in October 2004, scored a touchdown on his first reception of the season and would finish the day as Nebraska's career leader for reception yards by a tight end.

"What I've been through the last year or year and a half, everything just kind of came together right there," Herian said of his 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zac Taylor. "It felt good to get out there and do the same thing again."

Herian's touchdown catch came late in the first quarter and accounted for the Huskers' first points of the 2006 season.

"Me and Terrence (Nunn) had a little switch route on the outside there," Herian said of the play. "I saw he had one guy covering him and there was nobody else. I knew when I made my move that I was going to take him with me and have Terrence wide open or he was going to stick with Terrence and I was going to be wide open. I knew it was a good play right when I popped up out of my stance and was running down field."

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