KU feels the pain after Saturday's loss

By David Wilson
Senior staff writer

Huskers regain confidence after KU shutout

Gameday Notebook

If anyone thinks the Nebraska football program is having an off year, don't tell Kansas Coach Terry Allen.

He won't buy it.

Though he's only been with the Jayhawks for two seasons, Allen's teams have been outscored by Nebraska 76-0.

The Cornhuskers, who pounded KU 41-0 Saturday, have now won the last 30 meetings between the two teams.

Three turnovers, Allen said, were what killed the Jayhawks in their most recent visit to Memorial Stadium.

"You can't shoot yourself in the foot," Allen said. "I don't know when the last time somebody won here, but you have to come in, and you have to play flawlessly and you can't turn the ball over. Consequently, we got what we probably deserved."

Kansas, which fell to 2-5 and 0-5 in the Big 12 Conference, put up 220 yards of total offense, but gave the ball away two of the four times it was in Nebraska territory.

The Jayhawks came as close as the NU 17-yard line, when Kansas quarterback Zac Wegner tossed up a pass that was snagged at the goal line by leaping Husker rover Joe Walker in the first quarter.

After that, KU never crossed mid-field by more than five yards.

But it wasn't necessarily the shutout that hurt the most, receiver Michael Chandler said.

"It's frustrating to play anybody and not score," Chandler said. "I guess we kind of take it a little harder since it's been two years since we have scored on them. But they're a great team.

"We thought we could come in here and at least make it a game. I think that's the most frustrating - it was such a blowout."

With the exception of Wegner, Chandler put up more yardage than any Jayhawk with 52 yards on three receptions.

Wegner completed just eight of 25 passes for 121 yards and, though he was not sacked, did not attempt to run the ball.

"I just didn't think we had things clicking," Wegner said. "Granted, they're one of the best defenses in the nation, but we've played against just as good of athletes in the past."

Wegner, a junior, will have another shot at Nebraska next season in Lawrence. Senior left tackle Dan Dercher isn't that lucky.

"I just feel sorry for our team and our coaches," Dercher said. "We're a good team, we think. We know we can move the ball. It's just one of those games where Nebraska is coming off a big game they lost.

"It's tough. It's one of those games you just want to forget. There's nothing that really came good out of this game."

Kansas will return home to play host to Colorado this Saturday at 6 p.m.

"I think we have a good chance to be competitive with them, but we have to get ready to go and get our heads back in it," Dercher said.

With four games left this season, giving up on the season is not an option, halfback Mitch Bowles said.

"There better not be any quitters on this team," Bowles said. "We don't work all year round just to get to the season and quit."

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