For all of the hype about this being the biggest home game in Southern Mississippi history, the stands didn't exactly reflect it.
Despite a M.M. Roberts Stadium record crowd of 36,152, there were many empty seats in the upper deck on the east side toward the south end zone. Other vacant seats were scattered in portions of the stadium.
The vacant seats became more prevalent after halftime, even though Nebraska led by only 10 points at the break.
So how did Southern Miss set a stadium record without even filling the stands? Well, officials, predicting an overflow crowd, brought in 3,000 extra bleacher seats behind the south end zone.
An estimated 4,000 Nebraska fans attended the game.
Senior linebacker Demorrio Williams, a Butkus Award candidate, had a 3-yard sack in the first half, giving him a team-leading four for the season. Cornerback Lornell McPherson also collected an 11-yard sack, the second of his career.
On the other hand, Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord also suffered his first sacks of the season. He was sacked twice in the first half.
Nebraska safety Philip Bland watched the fourth quarter of the game from the sidelines on crutches. Bland sprained his ankle on a pass breakup in the third quarter. The severity of his injury wasn't immediately known.
Josh Bullocks grabbed his nation-leading fourth interception in four games when he snagged a Dustin Almond pass tipped by Nebraska cornerback Fabian Washington in the first quarter. He returned the ball 41 yards to the Southern Miss 4-yard line to set up David Horne's touchdown run.
Bullocks' four interceptions this season already tie NU's season best last year by Washington and DeJuan Groce.
Nebraska linebacker Barrett Ruud recovered a third-quarter fumble and tied the school record for most fumble recoveries by a linebacker in one season. He holds the record along with his father, Tom, who first accomplished the feat in 1974.
Barrett's three fumble recoveries are also the most by a middle linebacker in season. Nebraska has converted those fumbles into 17 points this season.
Thankfully for the Husker offense, freshman place kicker David Dyches did most of his work Thursday night kicking extra points instead of field goals - although he did show again he's not bad from long range, either.
Dyches booted a 40-yard field goal in the first quarter for a 10-0 lead. He's 9-of-10 on field goals this season, all in the last three games. The most field goals in any three-game series by a Husker is 10 by Dale Klein in 1985.
It was a long wait, but senior nose tackle Jason Lohr finally played Thursday night.
Lohr, in his sixth year with the Huskers, came into the game in the fourth quarter. It was his first game action in more than two years, since he left the 2001 Notre Dame game with a knee injury.
Lohr missed the rest of that season, then suffered another season-ending knee injury last year in a preseason scrimmage. Back problems prevented him from playing earlier this season, although he did suit up for the Penn State game.