No one knows how many touchdown passes Tanner Lee will throw while wearing a Nebraska uniform.
What’s known is this: Stanley Morgan will go into the record books as the Husker to catch Lee’s first touchdown pass. And it was a beauty.
Lee lofted a 44-yard scoring toss to Morgan late in the first quarter of Nebraska’s 43-36 victory against Arkansas State on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Morgan leaped over a defender at the goal line and came down with the ball.
“That one felt good,” Lee said. “I was able to put it up and I knew he’d come down with it.”
When Morgan saw the ball in the air, the junior wideout had just one thought.
“Catch it,” he said.
Part of that mentality goes back to Morgan’s goal to win more 50-50 balls.
“That’s really a big thing to me now,” Morgan said.
The touchdown, which gave momentum back to Nebraska in the form of a 17-14 lead, kick-started a big night for Morgan, who finished with five catches for 102 yards — both career highs.
Morgan had four catches for 92 yards by halftime. He also had catches of 17 and 26 yards.
“I think there’s a lot of confidence in our team with throwing him the ball and it showed,” NU offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf said.
Seven different Huskers caught passes from Lee.
Two freshmen expected to make an impact this year showed some flashes. JD Spielman, in addition to his 99-yard kickoff return for a score, had two catches for 44 yards. True freshman Tyjon Lindsey, seeing his first game action in nearly a year and a half, had three catches for 14 yards, including an 8-yard catch on the Huskers’ second offensive play of the game.
“It was very overwhelming getting used to the collegiate hits and getting up to the speed,” Lindsey said. “Coach (Keith Williams) and Coach (Langsdorf) got me out there so I could get used to it, it helped me feel really good.”
As for Morgan, he increased his career receiving yardage total to 859, moving him within 141 yards of becoming the 25th Husker with 1,000 in a career.