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October 30, 1999
Nebraska-Kansas Scouting Report

Quarterback: Nebraska’s Eric Crouch continues to lead the Big 12 in passing efficiency and is on pace to produce 1,881 total yards, the most by a Husker sophomore quarterback since Dave Humm finished the 1972 season with 1,958 yards. Kansas’s Dylen Smith has thrown for nine TDs. Edge: Nebraska

Running Backs: Nebraka’s Dan Alexander has established career highs in his past two games (135 against Iowa State, 136 against Texas) and is averaging 83.5 yards per game in Big 12 contests. Kansas’ Moran Norris also is coming off a career-high effort of 106 yards against Missouri. He’s the first Jayhawk fullback to top the 100-yard mark since 1992. Edge: Nebraska

Receivers: Michael Chandler ranks 14th on Kansas’ career receiving chart with 69 catches, and has been held without a reception just twice in the past 25 games. Husker tight end Tracey Wistrom has more receiving yards (337) than half of the 12 receivers on the Big 12 leading receivers chart. Wistrom’s 10 catches aren’t enough to qualify under the league’s 2.0 catches per game minimum. Edge: Nebraska

Secondary: Nebraska smarting from breakdowns against Texas but ranks second in league in pass efficiency defense – opponents have completed just 44.1 percent of their passes and Huskers have nine interceptions. In contrast, Kansas is last in the league and 102nd nationally. Edge: Nebraska

Offensive Line: Nebraska has allowed just four sacks in four conference games and has cut down on penalties that plagued effectiveness early in the season. Kansas ranks next to last in total offense in the league, and Jayhawks have allowed 16 sacks. Edge: Nebraska

Defensive Line: Defensive tackle Steve Warren is coming off strong game against Texas that saw the senior record five tackles, including two for losses. Husker front four held without a sack against Longhorns. Jayhawks front three of ends Dion Johnson and Dion Rayford and nose tackle John Williams spearhead Kansas’ defense. Edge: Nebraska

Linebackers: Middle linebacker Carlos Polk coming off season-low one tackle effort against Texas. Still, Polk leads Nebraska in tackles for losses (7) and sacks (3), while ranking second with 43 total tackles. Sophomore Andrew LeClair is emerging star for Jayhawks. Edge: Nebraska

Special Teams: In spite of missing two games with turf toe, Kansas’ Henri Childs is dangerous return man (12.6 average leads Big 12 in punt returns) and is fourth in all-purpose yardage. Huskers’ return games still looking to break loose. Edge: Kansas

Intangibles: Nebraska has outscored opponents 625-218 in games coming off losses this decade. Kansas, meanwhile, has been outscored by Nebraska 180-10 in the past four games. Edge: Nebraska


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