Husker Football Release vs. Kansas State

Game #10

The Matchup:
No. 7/6 (AP/Coaches) Nebraska (8-1, 5-1) vs. No. 5/5 Kansas State (9-0, 6-0)

Game Date:
Saturday, Nov. 13 Kickoff Time: 2:35 p.m.

Site:
Lincoln, Neb. Stadium/Capacity: Memorial Stadium (74,031), 233 Consecutive Sellouts

Field:
Tom Osborne Field, Surface: FieldTurf

The Coaches:
Nebraska–Frank Solich (Nebraska, ‘66), 17-5, 2nd year career/at Nebraska;
Kansas State--Bill Snyder (William Jewell, ‘63), 86-39-1 in 11th year career/at Kansas State

TV: 
ABC Regional Broadcast (PBP--Brad Nessler; Color--Bob Griese; SL--Lynn Swann)

Radio:
Pinnacle Sports Productions (Play-by-Play–Warren Swain; Color–Adrian Fiala)

Live Internet Radio Broadcast:
http://huskerwebcast.com

No. 7/6 Nebraska (8-1, 5-1) vs. No. 5/5 Kansas State (9-0, 6-0)
Lincoln -- The No. 7/6 (AP/Coaches) Nebraska Cornhuskers are 8-1 on the season, 5-1 in Big 12 action and are fresh off a 37-0 shutout of No. 18/21 (AP/Coaches) Texas A&M. The Huskers defense has been dominating and recorded its first shutout of a nationally ranked opponent since 1994. Nebraska has defeated two teams in the top 25 polls, in defeating Southern Miss, 20-13, and A&M last week. The Huskers’ only blemish is a 24-20 loss at Texas on Oct. 23. The Huskers appear ready for another tough test this weekend when NU will host the No. 5/5 Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. Kansas State is one of five undefeated top 25 teams and had scored more than 35 points in every game this season until last week when the Wildcats defeated Colorado, 20-14, in Manhattan. KSU is the only undefeated team in the Big 12 Conference, boasting a 6-0 record. The 5-1 Huskers must defeat the Wildcats, a fellow North Division team, to get to the fourth-annual Big 12 Championship game. With No. 2 Penn State losing to Minnesota (24-23), No. 7 Georgia Tech losing to Virginia (45-38), and No. 8 Mississippi State needing a last-second field goal to defeat Kentucky (23-22), Nebraska moved up three spots in the coaches poll to sixth, and two spots in the AP poll to seventh, while the Wildcats moved up one notch to fifth in both polls. This year’s matchup of AP’s No. 5 and No. 7 teams, marks the sixth straight year both teams are ranked and the second straight year that KSU has been the higher ranked team (last year KSU was second and NU was 11th). Kansas State defeated the Huskers last year in Manhattan, 40-30, ending Nebraska’s 29-game series winning streak but the Wildcats have not beat the Huskers in Lincoln since a 12-0 shutout in 1968. The Huskers have already secured their 38th consecutive winning season (a streak which leads the nation and ties Alabama for second-longest all time behind Notre Dame’s 42) and with a win will extend their nation-leading streak of consecutive nine-win seasons to 31. This week’s game is again slated for a 2:35 p.m. regional broadcast on ABC.

Big 12 Conference Race Heats Up
North division leader Kansas State (6-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Big 12 Conference, but Nebraska (5-1) would get the Big 12 Championship game berth by virtue of head to head action if the Huskers defeat KSU and both teams finish with just one loss. Nebraska has a couple of tough weeks remaining as NU will conclude the regular season at Colorado (4-2) with the fourth-annual post-Thanksgiving Friday matchup on Nov. 26. Texas (5-1) has control of the South Division, leading Texas Tech (4-2) and Oklahoma (3-2). K-State finishes its regular-season at home against Missouri; Colorado is at Baylor before hosting NU; Texas hosts Texas Tech and concludes at A&M; Oklahoma plays at Iowa State and Texas Tech and concludes hosting Oklahoma State; and Tech plays at Texas and hosts Oklahoma. Four of Nebraska’s eight conference opponents have an open week to prepare for the Huskers, including Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Texas and Colorado. The 1999 Husker schedule features games against four opponents that are currently ranked, including Southern Miss (unranked at gametime when NU won 20-13, ranked No. 21/20 by AP/Coaches), Kansas State (5/5 AP/Coaches), Texas (10/10) and Texas A&M (--/23).

Head Coach Frank Solich
Coach Frank Solich (Nebraska, 1966) is 17-5 in his second season at the helm of the Huskers. Solich was named Nebraska’s 26th head coach on Dec. 10, 1997, after serving as an NU assistant for 19 years. Solich, who was born in Johnstown, Pa., spent most of his childhood in Cleveland, Ohio, and came to Nebraska in 1962. He played for Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney, lettering in 1963-64-65, and was the first Husker running back to rush for 200 yards in a game. He also lettered for the Husker baseball team in 1965. After serving as a local high school football coach for 14 years, Solich took over the Nebraska freshman program and posted a 19-1 record from 1979 to 1982. He was elevated to NU’s running backs coach after four seasons, a position he held for 15 years (1983-97). He was promoted to assistant head coach in 1991.

Solich is 17-5 at the helm of the Huskers, 11-1 at home, 5-3 on the road, 1-1 at neutral sites); 3-4 vs. AP ranked teams (1-2 vs. AP top 10 teams); 14-1 vs. unranked teams (8-1 at home, 6-0 on road); 10-4 vs. Big 12 Conference opponents (6-1 at home, 3-3 away, 1-0 at neutral site); 1-0 in August, 7-0 in September, 6-3 in October, 3-1 in November and 0-1 in December.

Coach Solich became just the third first-year Nebraska head coach to record nine wins in his first season at the helm, joining a pair of Hall of Fame Coaches–Tom Osborne (9-2-1 in 1973) and Bob Devaney (9-2 in 1962). Solich’s 17 wins in his first two years is the third-most by a Husker coach in his first two seasons. Only Devaney (19) and Osborne (18) have more victories in their first two years than Solich. Solich has led Nebraska to its 38th consecutive winning season and is looking to extend NU’s 30 consecutive nine-win seasons and 30 consecutive bowl bids. Solich is 0-1 vs. Kansas State and 0-1 vs. KSU Coach Bill Snyder.

Last Week’s Game...Nebraska 37, Texas A&M 0
The No. 9/9 Nebraska Cornhuskers defeated No. 18/21 (AP/Coaches) Texas A&M, 37-0, in Lincoln. It marked Nebraska’s first win over a ranked opponent this season and improved the Huskers to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Big 12 Conference. A&M dropped to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in Big 12 Conference action. The win was Nebraska’s sixth straight at home and first over A&M since the 1997 Big 12 Championship game.

The Huskers took a 6-0 first-half lead. In the first half, Nebraska had two fumbles lost, including one on the first play of the game, but A&M failed to take advantage of the turnover. The Blackshirts forced A&M to attempt a field goal, which NU right rush end Kyle Vanden Bosch blocked. Seven series later, Vanden Bosch blocked another Terence Kitchens’ field goal attempt. Texas A&M had one fumble lost and two interceptions, both were pickoffs by NU rover Mike Brown. Nebraska converted A&M’s fumble (caused by Mike Brown) to a 20-yard Josh Brown field goal with 5:29 remaining in the first half and the second interception to a 31-yard Josh Brown field goal. There were five turnovers and three missed field goals (two by A&M, and one by NU’s Josh Brown) in the first half.

In the second half, the Husker offense came alive. NU scored on its first possession of the third quarter on a third Josh Brown field goal (36 yards). NU added 28 second-half points, scoring two touchdowns on A&M interceptions, while the Husker defense kept the Aggies off the board. It marked Nebraska’s second shutout this season (also shut out California 45-0) and the first time NU has shut out a ranked opponent since a 31-0 shutout of No. 24 West Virginia on Aug. 28, 1994 in the Kickoff Classic. It is the first time A&M has been shut out since a 27-0 loss to LSU in 1988. NU was led by a pair of 100-yard rushers in Dan Alexander (135) and Eric Crouch (137) and an award-winning performance by the Husker defense, which included two interceptions by All-America candidate Mike Brown, one by All-America candidate Ralph Brown and two blocked field goals by Kyle Vanden Bosch. The Husker Blackshirts held A&M quarterback Randy McCown to 116 yards on 11 of 30 attempts and four interceptions. The Huskers rushed for 335 and totaled 430 yards in the game, while A&M had two yards rushing and 118 total yards, both bests by the Husker defense.

Coach Frank Solich said, “Right off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other defense that played dominating football for four quarters against a good offense like that. Without question, our defense controlled the football game.”

* All-America Candidate Mike Brown...Brown had yet another standout game for the Husker defense. In the first half alone, Mike Brown had two interceptions (1-17, 1-20), two fumbles caused, one sack and five tackles. Brown also had a breakup in the second half and four more tackles to give him nine in the game. His totals included nine tackles (six solo), two tackles for 13 yards lost, two interceptions for 37 yards, one sack for 10 yards lost, one breakup and two forced fumbles. Brown’s two pickoffs mark the second time this season a Husker has done so as Keyuo Craver had two picks vs. USM. With the nine tackles, Brown now has 68 on the season and 259 in his career to move up from eighth to fifth on the NU career tackle chart, 10 away from fourth. Brown was named the ABC/Chevrolet player-of-the-game and co-defensive Big 12 player of the week (with KSU’s Mark Simoneau).

After the game, Coach Solich said, “Mike Brown is a tremendous player. I hope that he is able to get the recognition and honors that a great football player deserves. He’s been tremendous for us throughout his career here, but certainly this year, he has been great. You just see him game after game making plays. His attitude is outstanding and he’s a tremendous team leader. A guy like that deserves to get it all.” Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride seconded the motion. He said, “Mike had an awesome day. He was like a heat-seeking missile and played unbelievable.”

* All-America Candidate Ralph Brown...Brown increased his school-record career pass breakup total to 45 with three pass breakups in the A&M game. Brown also picked off McCown (Jeremy Slechta hurry) with about a minute and a half remaining in the third quarter. He returned it 31 yards to the A&M 2-yard line, and NU quarterback Eric Crouch punched it in on the next play to give the Huskers a 23-0 lead with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. Ralph now has 10 career interceptions (second this season) to move up to a tie for sixth all-time at NU. He also had one tackle in the game. Left cornerback Keyuo Craver also had a pickoff (no return) to give the Huskers four in the game. NU also picked off four earlier this season against USM.

* I-back Dan Alexander...recorded his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 135 yards on 20 carries. Alexander had eight carries for 27 yards in the first half, but piled up 108 yards on 12 second-half carries. Alexander has had three 100-yard rushing games this season (also 135 vs. ISU and career-best 136 vs. Texas) and has had four in his career. Alexander is the Huskers’ leading rusher with 664 yards (5.9 ypc, 73.8 ypg) and five TDs.

* Quarterback Eric Crouch...was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week as he rushed 15 times for a career-high 137 yards against a tough A&M defense. Crouch scored on a 2-yard run after Ralph Brown’s interception to give the Huskers a 23-0 lead with 1:13 remaining in the third quarter. That score marked the sixth straight game Crouch has scored a rushing touchdown and eighth game this year (every game except USM). Crouch rushed three times for 89 yards on NU’s 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter (longest drive by yards of the season) to put the Huskers up 30-0 with 11:06 remaining in the game. On that drive, Crouch had a career-long 62-yard run. Crouch and Alexander combined to give the Huskers two 100-yard rushers in a game for the second time this season (also Alexander, 135 and Correll Buckhalter, 127 vs. Iowa State) and 39th time since 1973. For Crouch, it was his first 100-yard rushing game this season (had 92 vs. Iowa and Missouri) and third of his career (108 vs. Texas and 108 vs. Kansas State in 1998). Crouch also completed nine of 20 passes for another 95 yards and did not throw an interception, extending his streak to five games (23 quarters, 87 attempts) dating back to the first quarter vs. Missouri. Crouch leads the team in scoring (72 points), rushing TDs (11), total offense yards (1,637) and passing yards (1,101) and is second in rushing yards (536). Crouch has 1,101 passing yards on the season (334 off the school top 10 list), completing 55.6 percent of his passes with a 7 to 3 touchdown to interception ratio. Crouch is just 256 yards away from the top 10 Nebraska total offense seasons and 696 from Jerry Tagge’s school record (2,3333 in 1971). Crouch’s pass efficiency rating of 149.22 is best in the Big 12 and would rank sixth in the nation if he had the prerequisite 15 attempts per game. It ranks eighth best all time on the NU season chart. Crouch is now 10-3 as NU’s starting QB and has 1,702 career passing yards to rank 14th on the NU all-time career chart. He also has 995 rushing yards in two seasons, five yards from becoming NU’s 48th 1,000-yard rusher.

* The Huskers totaled 335 yards rushing and have now won 94 straight games when rushing for 300 or more yards. In addition to Crouch (137) and Alexander (135), Dahrran Diedrick had 27 yards and scored his first career TD on a 3-yard run, and Correll Buckhalter had six carries for 16 yards, including a 2-yard TD run. Both scores were in the fourth quarter.

* Junior rush end Kyle Vanden Bosch blocked two Terence Kitchens field goal attempts in the first half. Kitchen’s first attempt came after Nebraska‘s Bobby Newcombe fumbled the first offensive play of the game (recovered by Harold Robertson) at the NU 11. After three plays and one yard lost, Kitchens attempted a 28-yard field goal, which Vanden Bosch blocked. Vanden Bosch blocked Kitchens on a 31-yard field goal with 9:28 remaining in the second quarter. Vanden Bosch’s two blocked field goals were the first blocked field goals for the Huskers this year, but give NU seven blocked kicks this year (first five were all blocked punts). Kitchens has had seven of 23 field goal attempts blocked this year. Vanden Bosch started at right rush end and had one quarterback hurry and caused an interception (Mike Brown’s first pickoff).

* Freshman Place-Kicker Josh Brown...Brown kicked a career-high three field goals against Texas A&M. After missing a 21-yard attempt at the end of an 80-yard drive with 6:13 remaining in the first quarter, Brown hit his next three, hitting a 20-yarder with 5:29 in the second quarter and a 31-yarder with :46 remaining in the first half to give NU a 6-0 halftime lead. His third field goal was a 36-yarder with 8:06 in the third quarter to give NU a 9-0 lead. The four attempts were also a career best. Counting two misses to end the KU game two weeks ago, and a miss in the first quarter vs. A&M, Brown had missed three consecutive field goals, before making three straight vs. A&M. Brown is now 9-14 on the season.

* Punter Dan Hadenfeldt averaged 43.8 yards per punt (4-175) and stuck two inside the A&M 5-yard line (5-yard line and 1-yard line), both were downed by linebacker Randy Stella. Hadenfeldt’s season punting average of 44.86 ranks sixth in the nation and second in the Big 12.

* Sacking the quarterback...All-America candidate Steve Warren had a career-best three sacks for 23-yards lost against A&M, plus three quarterback hurries. On the season, Warren leads the team in sacks with six for 51 yards lost. Nebraska had a season-best eight sacks for 64 yards lost (previous best was five, three times this season, vs. Cal, USM and KU). Huskers with sacks in the game included 3-23 by Warren, Mike Brown (1-10), Eric Johnson (1-2), Aaron Wills (1-5), Brian Shaw (1-13), Justin Smith and J.P. Wichmann (1-11). The Huskers lead the Big 12 with 36 sacks for 284 yards (three more than last year’s total of 33-233). All-America candidate Carlos Polk tied for the team lead with 10 tackles against A&M. He also had three hurries and one tackle for loss and has 9-44 on the season. Aaron Wills also had 10 tackles against A&M with two tackles for loss and one hurry.

* Rushing yards....The Blackshirts held A&M to three yards rushing in the first half. The Huskers have allowed a total of 279 first-half rushing yards this season. A&M had the least yards at half this year (three), while Kansas had the most (64). Nebraska had 61 first-half rushing yards. In the game, NU totaled 335 yards rushing while A&M had a net of two. QB McCowan had -67 as he was sacked eight times. The two rushing yards is the lowest for a Husker opponent this season (previous low was 25 by USM and Missouri), and the least against the Huskers since Louisiana Tech had -21 against NU in the 1998 season opener. The Huskers rank in the top six nationally in every defensive category.

* Firsts and Bests...Redshirt freshman tight end Aaron Golliday had a career-best two catches for 29 yards. He had a 24-yard snag in the first quarter, his first catch since catching 1-24 in the first game vs. Iowa. Free safety Dion Booker earned his first career start in place of Clint Finley. Redshirt freshman Dahrran Diedrick rushed for his first career TD with 3:02 remaining in the game to give the Huskers a 37-0 lead. In the game, Diedrick rushed six times for 27 yards. Nebraska had a season low one penalty for just 10 yards.

* SE Matt Davison had one catch for six yards. With the catch, Davison now has 68 receptions for 1,020 yards in his career and ranks fifth in NU career receptions, passing Irving Fryar’s 67 receptions. Davison leads the Huskers with 25 catches for 394 yards and two TDs. He has caught at least one pass in eight of nine games this season and in 24 of the last 25 games overall.

* Turnovers...A&M had one fumble lost and four interceptions for five turnovers lost...Nebraska converted four, two to field goals and two to TDs for a total of 20 points. On the season, the Husker defense has forced 24 turnovers and has converted 12 to TDs and two to field goals for a total of 90 points. The Huskers had three fumbles lost and no interceptions thrown, but A&M did not convert on any, even though A&M got the ball on the NU 11 on the first drive of the game.

* In five home games this season, Nebraska has allowed a total of seven points in the first half (TD by Southern Miss). In all games, NU has given up just 22 first-half points in nine games and just 99 total on the season. This was the third shutout under Coach Frank Solich, all at home.

Secondary to None
George Darlington’s Husker secondary continues to prove itself to be one of the best in the nation. The Huskers are led by Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist Ralph Brown at right corner, and rover Mike Brown, who is on the Bronko Nagurski Watch list. Both Browns are top candidates for All-America honors. In nine games, the starting four–Mike and Ralph plus right corner Keyuo Craver and free safety Clint Finley have picked off 14 passes with Craver recording two vs. USM and Mike Brown picking off two vs. Texas A&M. Mike Brown leads the team with four. Including rover/nickel back Joe Walker, the five have broken up 30 passes led by Craver’s 11 and Ralph’s 10, and totaled 161 tackles, led by Mike’s team-leading 68.

Starting his first game as a true freshman and 48 straight games, right corner Ralph Brown owns the school records for pass breakups in a game (seven), season (14) and career (45). He had three vs. A&M and has double the number of career breakups as Bret Clark (safety, 1982-84) who ranks second all time at NU with 21. Ralph ranks tied for sixth with 10 career interceptions (school record is 14). He earned third-team All-America honors last year and is looking for his third-straight All-Big 12 honor this season. Rover Mike Brown led the team in tackles last season with 102. He had 77 tackles as a sophomore and has a team-leading 68 in 1999. This week he moved up to fifth on the NU all-time tackle chart with nine tackles vs. A&M and now has 259, 17 short of second. Brown was named to the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

The numbers among the top six are incredible. The six veterans have 616 career tackles in 116 starts and with 81 breakups and 31 interceptions and have put 49 points on the board. Craver is the only one who hasn't scored.

Dangerous Weapons
Nebraska has had 12 different players score touchdowns including six by rush (Eric Crouch-11, Correll Buckhalter-6, Dan Alexander-5, Bobby Newcombe-3, Dahrran Diedrick-1 and Willie Miller-1); five on receptions (Newcombe-3, Matt Davison-2, Tracey Wistrom-2, Sean Applegate-1 and Crouch-1); two on fumble returns (Julius Jackson-1, Demoine Adams-1); one on an interception return (Jackson-1); one on a punt return (Newcombe) and one on a blocked punt/punt return (Ralph Brown-1). Crouch became the first Husker since Johnny Rodgers (1973 Orange Bowl) to run, pass and receive a TD in the same game, accomplishing the feat in the second quarter against Cal. Jackson joins Crouch as one of three Huskers who have scored TDs at least two different ways and Newcombe has scored TDs four ways, by pass, receiving, rushing and punt return. Although the Huskers have only completed 76 passes this season, nine of those have gone for scores. The only way the Huskers have not scored this season is via a kickoff return (although Randy Stella had one called back against USM).

Injury Update
The Huskers are healthy for the KSU game, only those who are out with season-ending injuries are expected to miss the KSU game. NU lost two offensive linemen to season-ending knee injuries this fall, including fifth-year senior starting right tackle Jason Schwab (left ACL/MCL) and redshirt freshman Matt Shook (right ACL). Schwab was the only lineman to have started every game last year. He was replaced by sophomore Dave Volk. Rover Mike Demps was also lost for the season with an ACL injury. Cornerback Erwin Swiney, who had groin surgery this summer and was also held out of fall drills, and freshman DeAntae Grixby (torn right ACL in spring) had reconstructive surgery in April, have returned to practice, but plan to redshirt this season.

In the Polls
With a little shakeup in the top 10, the Huskers moved up three notches in the coaches poll from ninth to sixth, but only two in the AP poll, from ninth to seventh. Nebraska began the season ranked sixth in both preseason polls and had moved up to third before the Texas loss. Nebraska (8-1) has 1,296 AP points and 1,120 points in the coaches poll, to rank behind Florida State (9-0), Virginia Tech (8-0), Tennessee (7-1), Florida (8-1) and Kansas State (9-0) in the coaches poll. In the AP, Penn State only dropped to sixth after losing to unranked Minnesota at home. The Big 12 has four ranked teams in the polls, including Kansas State (5/5, AP/Coaches), Nebraska (7/6), Texas (10/10) and Texas A&M (--/23). Oklahoma received votes in both polls.

Statistically Speaking
The Huskers rank among the top six in all four defensive categories and among the top 15 in two offensive categories, plus NU ranks among the top 30 in net punting (26th) punt returns (21) and total offense (30th, see page four for complete listing). Individually, Dan Hadenfeldt ranks sixth nationally and second in the Big 12 in punting at 44.86 ypp; QB Eric Crouch leads the Big 12 and would rank sixth in the nation in pass efficiency with a 149.22 rating, but does not have enough pass attempts (needs 15 per game). He ranks 31st nationally in scoring averaging at 8.0 ppg. Bobby Newcombe would lead the nation in punt return average at 21.4 ypr if he had the prerequisite 1.2 per game (has 10-214, needs 11).

Huskers Continue Quest for Big 12 Title
Nebraska and Texas A&M have won the last two Big 12 titles. NU has won one of the three possible and played in two of the championship games losing to Texas (37-27) in the inaugural championship in St. Louis and defeating Texas A&M in 1997 in San Antonio (54-15). Nebraska’s conference fate is in its own hands as the Huskers (5-1 in the North Division) host Kansas State (6-0) this week and play Colorado (4-2) in Boulder on Nov. 26. The Huskers hope to be playing in their third Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 4. In the last seven years, Nebraska has won four conference crowns (three Big 8, one Big 12), posting a 47-4 conference record. Nebraska is 26-4 in the Big 12 (13-1 at home), losing to Texas A&M in College Station (28-21), Texas in Lincoln (20-16) and Kansas State in Manhattan (40-30) last year, and to Texas (24-20) in Austin this season. Nebraska has won 42 football conference championships overall, including eight under Coach Bob Devaney and 13 under Coach Tom Osborne.

Nebraska on FieldTurf or Grass
Nebraska is 5-0 on FieldTurf (Memorial Stadium), 2-1 on grass, and 1-0 on AstroTurf this season (Kansas). The Huskers replaced their Astroturf with FieldTurf, a synthetic grass, before the start of the season. NU defeated Iowa and Missouri on natural grass fields and lost to Texas. NU will play six games on FieldTurf, four on grass and one on Astroturf.

On ABC TV
Nebraska’s final three regular-season games, along with a possible Big 12 title game will all be televised by ABC. The Huskers are 60-25 all time on ABC and have won 31 of their last 36 appearances on the network. Since Sept. 21, 1991, when NU lost 36-21 to Washington on ABC television, NU has posted a 31-5 record on ABC (losing to Texas in 1996 Big 12 Championship game and to A&M in College Station, Texas in Lincoln, K-State in Manhattan in 1998; and Texas in 1999). In games aired on ABC this year, NU defeated Iowa in the season opener, 42-7, California in game two, 45-0, lost 20-24 at Texas, and defeated A&M in Lincoln, 37-0.

NU Wins 100 Games in Back-to-Back Decades
Nebraska recorded its 100th win of the 90s with a 40-10 win over Missouri in Columbia and posts a 104-16-1 mark this decade (second in NCAA Division I-A behind Florida State). Nebraska is the first Division I program to win 100-plus games in consecutive decades as NU was 103-20-0 in the 80s. The only other team to post 100-plus wins in the 80s was Brigham Young with 102 wins and 26 losses. Oklahoma (102-13-3) and Alabama (103-16-1) posted 100-plus wins in the 70s. Florida State is 106-13-1 in the 90s, but had just 87 wins in the 80s. By decade, the Huskers were 75-30-1 in the 60s (.712); 98-20-4 in the 70s (.820, fifth nationally) and 103-20-0 in the 80s (.837, first).

Huskers Post Second Best Record in ‘90s
With three national championships, there's no doubt that the Nebraska Cornhuskers are the team of the 90s. Nebraska has 104 wins this decade, just two wins behind Florida State (106), the leader of the decade. NU's 60-3 five-year run from 1993-97 was not only impressive, but unprecedented in NCAA Division I-A. NU is 77-8 over the last seven years and its five-year record of 58-6 from 1994-98, led the nation. In 1993, the Huskers went 11-1 losing only to Florida State, 18-16, in the Orange Bowl for the national championship. That began a run of wins, records and crystal collections. NU followed 1993 with three perfect seasons in four years, winning national titles in 1994 (13-0), 1995 (12-0) and 1997 (13-0).

In the Past Seven Years, the Huskers Have...

  • Played in four national championship games (1993-94-95-97) and won three titles (1994-95-97)
  • Posted a 77-8 record
  • Won four conference crowns (three Big 8, one Big 12)
  • Posted a 47-4 conference record
  • Won 42 of 43 home games
  • Gone 20-7 vs. AP top 25 teams (11-3 vs. AP top 10 teams)

Nebraska Tradition Established by Devaney
Retiring as the winningest active coach in the nation, Tom Osborne took over a program firmly entrenched in solid ground in 1973, when Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney named Osborne as his successor. Devaney posted a 101-20-2 record in his 11 years at Nebraska, won two national championships (1970 and 1971) and was the winningest active coach in the nation upon his retirement in 1972 (136-30-7, .806 career record including 35-10-5 at Wyoming). Osborne followed suit and was selected to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame shortly after he announced his retirement (inducted on Dec. 8, 1998). Osborne retired as the nation's winningest active coach, posting a 255-49-3 record (.836). Among all divisions of coaches with career winning percentages of .800 or better over a span of at least 10 years, Osborne is the fifth winningest coach in Division I-A history, while the late Devaney is not far behind at No. 11. Devaney and Osborne were the third Division I coaching duo to post back-to-back 100-win careers at the same institution (following Penn State's Rip Engle and Joe Paterno and Georgia Tech's John Heisman, Bill Alexander and Bobby Dodd), but were the first pair to do so in an unbelievable 21 years. Devaney and Osborne had a combined 356-69-5 record for an incredible .834 winning percentage (36 years, 430 games). Solich went 9-4 in his inaugural season, matching the wins of Devaney and Osborne in their first years. Devaney posted a 10-1 record his second year (1963) winning his first Big Eight Championship, while Osborne first won 10 games his third year when he also won a share of his first Big Eight title (1975).

Unprecedented Winning Tradition Continues
Nebraska, the nation's seventh winningest program all time, boasts a 739-297-40 record in 1,076 games (.705). In the last 30 years, NU is tops, posting a record of 306-55-5 for an .843 winning percentage (366 games), an average of more than 10 wins per year. In terms of wins, the Huskers are third in NCAA Division I-A history with 739. NU has won 10-or-more games 19 times in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich eras, went undefeated and untied through the regular season seven times, played in nine national title games and won the championship five times. Since the first Nebraska season in 1890, Husker teams have won 11 or more games 10 times, including five of the last six years. NU has won 12 or more games six times; and 13 or more three times (in 1971, 1994 and 1997). No one can match Nebraska's current 38-year winning season streak, or its 30-year nine-win streak, and by the same token, no other school has averaged 10 wins per season over the last 30 years. Nebraska's 38 years of winning records is tied for second all time behind Notre Dame's 42 (1889-1932) and Alabama's 38 (1911-50).

Happy at Home
Nebraska is 73-3 at home the last 11 years, losing to two teams who went on to win share of the national championship (Colorado in 1990 and Washington in 1991), and to Texas in 1998. The Huskers are 441-122-20 (.774, 583 games) in Lincoln, 316-99-13 (.754, 428 games, 77 years) in Memorial Stadium (since 1923) and 11-1 at home under Coach Solich with a current six-game winning streak. Nebraska has not lost more than one home game in a season since a 5-2 home record in 1980. Since 1980, the Huskers are 117-10 at Memorial Stadium, with eight of those losses coming against teams that finished in the top six in the final AP poll. Included in that stretch are three of the six longest home winning streaks in school history, including a school-record 47-game streak (fifth longest in nation all time) from 1991 to 1998, a 19-game streak from 1988 to 1990 and 21 straight from 1981 to 1984. Nebraska also had a 33-game home winning streak from 1901-1906 (which is tied for the 11th-longest streak in Division I-A). Since 1986 (13 years), NU is 86-5 in Lincoln, with losses to Colorado, Washington, Oklahoma (twice) and Texas. Those five teams posted a combined mark of 53-6-1 in their respective seasons. Nebraska has not been shut out at home since a 12-0 loss to Kansas State in 1968 (197 games). NU has posted 37 unbeaten and untied home seasons. The Huskers set a new attendance record in Memorial Stadium vs. USM when 77,826 fans attended, bettering the previous record of 77,617 who saw the home season opener vs. California.

The 232-Game Consecutive Sellout Streak
Nebraska's Memorial Stadium boasts an NCAA-record 232 consecutive sellouts, dating back to Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney's first year in 1962 (vs. Missouri on Nov. 3). The Kansas State game is a sellout, which will bring the streak to 233 games. NU is 206-26 during the 232 sellouts (50-9 under Devaney, 145-16 under Osborne, 11-1 under Solich). The mark includes a 34-18 record against ranked teams. NU is 4-0 in the four milestone sellouts during that period (50th, 100th, 150th and 200th sellouts), including a 24-7 win over No. 2 Colorado on Oct. 29, 1994, for the 200th sellout. NU's straight sellouts rank ahead of Notre Dame (143) and Penn State (48, numbers before 1999 season began).

AP Poll Record Streak Hits 303
Ranked seventh in this week’s Associated Press Poll, Nebraska extended its AP Poll record to 303 consecutive weeks (every weekly AP Poll since Oct. 17, 1981). Nebraska’s nation-leading streak of consecutive weeks in the AP top 10 ended at 96 with the 1998 loss to Texas, but NU has been ranked in the top 10 for 108 of the 114 weeks from the 1993 preseason poll to now. Nebraska was the preseason No. 1 team in 1965, 1972, 1976, 1983 and 1996. Nebraska has been in 477 of the last 480 AP polls since 1969 (30 consecutive years), missing one week in 1977 and two in 1981.

Nebraska was ranked No. 1 by AP eight weeks in 1994, seven in 1995, the first five weeks in 1996, three weeks in 1997 and a total of 61 times in the history of the poll, which began in 1936. The Huskers were ranked No. 1 for 12 consecutive weeks spanning the 1995-96 seasons (Oct. 29, 1995 after a 44-21 win over No. 7 Colorado, until Sept. 22, 1996 after a 19-0 loss to Arizona State). After a 14-week hiatus, NU returned to No. 1 on Oct. 19, 1997, where it has been for at least a couple of weeks in four of the past seven seasons (1993-99). In 1993, NU was No. 1 by the coaches for three weeks, but never higher than No. 2 in AP, but from 1994 to 1997, Nebraska was No. 1 by AP for at least two weeks. Its two streaks of 15 consecutive weeks being ranked No. 1 (1970-72, and entire 1983 season) still rank in a tie for third. The Huskers have played in 47 games as the No. 1 AP team (40-6-1).

Nebraska’s No. 6 preseason AP ranking marked the 24th time in the last 27 years that NU has opened the season in the top 10. NU is the nation's sixth most successful program based on AP rankings since the poll began, scoring 502 points, and NU is the only team to be ranked in every poll of the 90s.

Against Associated Press Ranked Teams
Nebraska is 83-88-3 (.486, 174 games) all time vs. ranked opponents. Over the last seven seasons, the Huskers have gone 21-6 against ranked foes, losing to No. 1-ranked Florida State in the 1994 Orange Bowl, to No. 17 Arizona State in Tempe in 1996, to No. 18 Texas A&M on Oct. 10, 1998, to No. 2 Kansas State on Nov. 14, 1998, to No. 4 Arizona in the 1998 Holiday Bowl, and to No. 18 Texas in Austin in 1999. Nebraska has won 11 of its last 13 games against top 10 AP teams (since 1994), including five straight at home. Last year, Nebraska went 2-3 vs. AP ranked teams. Over the last 27 years, NU is 64-41-1 (.609, 106 games) vs. ranked teams. In this decade, NU is 24-10-1. Solich is 3-4 vs. ranked teams (1-2 vs. top 10 AP teams) and has not lost at home to a ranked AP team (3-0 at home, 0-3 away, 0-1 at neutral site). Nebraska plays No. 5/5 Kansas State this week. Nebraska plays at 5-4 Colorado on Nov. 26, a team that was ranked earlier in the season. USM is 6-3 and is ranked 21/20 this week but was unranked at game time.

Huskers vs. the Unranked
The Huskers have lost just 13 of 223 games to unranked opponents since 1973 (14-1 under Solich). Nebraska’s most recent loss to an unranked foe was Texas at home on Oct. 31, 1998. Nebraska has lost just five games to unranked opponents at home in that time period. NU’s last road loss to an unranked opponent was to Texas in the 1996 Big 12 Championship game. In both losses to Texas, the Longhorns were not ranked in the top 25, but had enough votes to rank in the top 30. In a regular-season road game, the Huskers have not lost to an unranked opponent since Iowa State upset the Huskers, 19-10, in 1992. In fact, in the last 27 years, Nebraska has gone 208-13-2 against unranked opponents (.935, 223 games, five losses in the 90s) and suffered only one loss to a team that finished the season below .500 (Iowa State in 1992).

NU Posts Second-Best On-the-Road Record
Counting games at neutral sites, the Huskers are second to Florida State with a .763 “On-the-Road” record in the ‘90s (among Division I-A schools). Nebraska is 43-13-1 on the road for a .763 winning percentage, behind Florida State’s 52-12-0 (.813). Not counting neutral site games, the Huskers are tops in the ‘90s with a 35-8-1 record (.807), which includes a win and a loss to Miami in Orange Bowl games. Nebraska is 30-6 away from home since 1993 (10-5 vs. ranked teams--includes neutral sites).

Adding up the Points
The Husker offense has averaged 35 or more points for 13 of the last 14 years and rank second behind Marshall (4,776) with 4,741 points scored in the 90s. The Huskers have averaged 30 or more points for 21 straight years (since 1977) and have averaged 40 or more points seven times since 1983, including three of the past four years. In 1999, NU averages 35.0 ppg to rank fourth in the Big 12 and 14th in the nation. NU has scored at least 35 points in 51 of the last 68 games. The Huskers have ranked among the nation's top 10 in scoring average for 20 of the last 21 years (since 1978) and finished first four times. NU has won 219 consecutive games when scoring 35 or more points and is 283-1 all time when scoring 35 or more points, losing only to Oklahoma, 49-35, in 1950. The last time the Huskers were shut out, was a 19-0 loss at Arizona State in 1996. Before that, NU had scored in 50 straight games since a 22-0 loss to Miami in the 1992 Orange Bowl. NU’s current streak of games in which it has scored is 46 games. Nebraska has not been shut out at home since KSU shut out the Huskers on Homecoming in 1968 (0-12). Nebraska was held scoreless in the first half at Kansas this season, marking the first time that an opponent has accomplished that feat since the Arizona State game in 1996. The Huskers have scored 40 or more points in three of their last four bowl games, including a school-record 62 vs. Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. Offensively, the Huskers have been shut out just five times since 1962 (once at home, 12-0 to KSU in 1968). NU has scored 35 or more points in six of nine games this season.

It's a Rush
NU is 172-5 in the last 27 years when rushing for 300 or more yards in a game (since 1973) and has won 94 straight when rushing for 300-plus yards since a loss to Michigan in the 1986 Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, when the Huskers rushed for 304 yards. Nebraska is 88-0 since 1973 when rushing for 400 or more yards (1-0 in 1999). NU's 524 yards vs. Florida in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl set an NCAA bowl record for rushing yards. Nebraska has won the NCAA rushing title 13 times, most recently in 1997, averaging 392.6 yards per game. NU has won the rushing title five times in the last eight years and 11 of the last 18 titles. Since 1978, Nebraska has ranked in the top six in rushing average every year and ranks sixth in 1999 with a 254.7 ypg average. NU has had 327, 100-yard rushing performances all time (14 under Coach Solich), including 39 games in which there were two or more 100-yard rushers (most recently Eric Crouch’s 137 and Dan Alexander’s 135 vs. Texas A&M, 1999). The Huskers have had 28, 200-yard rushing performances (most recently 209 by Ahman Green vs. Iowa State and 202 vs. Colorado on consecutive weeks in 1997, and an Orange Bowl and Husker bowl-record 206 vs. Tennessee). Three Huskers rushed for more than 100 yards in a game once, vs. ASU, 1988 (Ken Clark, Steve Taylor and Terry Rodgers). Nebraska is 7-0 under Coach Solich when the team rushes for 300 or more yards; 3-0 when rushing for 400 or more. Nebraska rushed for a season-high 439 yards in the 49-14 win over Iowa State on Oct. 9. Solich is 9-3 when a Husker rushes for at least 100 yards, and 3-3 when an opponent has a 100-yard rusher. OSU is the last conference team to hold the Huskers to less than 100 yards rushing, when NU had just 73 last year in Arrowhead Stadium against the ‘Pokes.

Defending the Score
The 1999 Huskers held Iowa to seven points, shut out Cal, gave up 13 to Southern Miss, 10 to Missouri, 14 to OSU and ISU, a season-high 24 to Texas and 17 to Kansas, and shut out Texas A&M for 99 points on the season (11.0 ppg). When Nebraska holds its opponents to 10 or less points, the Huskers have posted 91 straight wins (since losing 10-7 to Iowa in 1981 season opener). In fact, NU is 199-5-1 since 1962 (Devaney’s first year) when holding opponents to 10 or less points (9-0 under Solich). Nebraska has recorded 61 shutouts since 1962 (four in season openers, most recently vs. Cal and A&M in 1999 (three under Solich). Nebraska ranks first in the Big 12 and third nationally in scoring defense allowing 11.0 points per game.

Defense Solid in '90s vs. the Rush
After going to the 4-3 attack defense in 1993, the Husker "D" has posted four of the school’s top six rush defense averages in the last six years, allowing 79.3 ypg in 1994, 78.4 ypg in 1995 (back-to-back national championship teams), 83.8 ypg in 1996 and an average of 73.4 ypg in 1997. The 1997 average ranked second-best all time at NU and third nationally. Nebraska has never led the nation in rushing defense, but has ranked in the top 20 in each of the last six years, including a No. 16 ranking in 1998 (116.8 ypg). Since 1946, the Nebraska defense has allowed 100 or fewer rushing yards per game over the course of the season just 12 times, the first of which was 1963. The school record is 67.5 yards allowed in 1967. In 1999, NU ranks sixth, allowing just 73.4 yards per game rushing, which is tied for second best all time with the national championship 1997 team.

Husker Snippets...
* When Nebraska Trails...The last time Nebraska trailed in a game but won, was against Kansas last week. NU has trailed in three games this year, vs. USM, Texas and Kansas. NU trailed KU 9-0 at halftime but won 24-17. Nebraska also trailed but defeated USM, 20-13 (led 12-7 at halftime), but lost to Texas 24-20. The Kansas win in 1999 marked the first time NU trailed at halftime but won, since the 1998 season when NU trailed Missouri 13-6 at the half, but won 20-13. The last time NU trailed entering the fourth quarter, but won was last year against Colorado. NU trailed 14-13 entering the final period but won 16-14. Against Kansas, NU led 10-9 entering the fourth quarter and a Jayhawk TD and two-point conversion tied the score at 17-all, but Kansas did not lead in the fourth quarter.

* Positively Speaking...In the last 26 years, NU has had just one season in which the Huskers had a negative turnover margin (minus five in 1984). Under Solich, NU has a cumulative turnover margin of plus 14 and is plus five in 1999. In 1999, NU ranks third in the Big 12 and 23rd nationally with a +0.56 turnover margin.

* Current Husker Coaches Boast Experience...The Current NU staff has 145 years of combined coaching experience and 145 bowl games. The 20-year veterans include Solich (21 years), secondary coach George Darlington (27), offensive line coach Milt Tenopir (26) and defensive coordinator Charlie McBride (23).

* The Husker Defense...Nebraska's defense has ranked among the nation's top 10 in all four statistical categories four times. Three of those were under Defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride, including 1996. NU has ranked in the top 13 in all four categories in three of the past five years. In 1999, NU ranks sixth in rush defense (73.4), third in pass efficiency defense (88.3), fourth in total defense (234.6) and third in scoring defense (11.0).

* O-Line active in NFL...Nebraska has six offensive linemen on NFL rosters in 1999. They are Aaron Graham (Arizona), Will Shields (Kansas City), Brenden Stai (Pittsburgh), Zach Wiegert (Jacksonville), Chris Dishman (Arizona) and Adam Treu (Oakland). The first five have all earned starts. Shields and Wiegert were Outland Trophy winners for the Huskers (in 1992 and 1994, respectively).

* Huskers in the NFL...On opening day rosters for the 1999 NFL season, there were 33 former Huskers active on National Football League teams (best in Big 12). The Huskers had two first-round selections in 1998 when Grant Wistrom was the sixth pick by St. Louis and Jason Peter was the 14th pick by Carolina, giving NU 30 first-round draft picks, including 11 in the last 13 drafts.

* Osborne Named as the 2000 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award Winner...Former Husker Coach Tom Osborne has been named the 2000 winner of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. This award has been given out by the AFCA annually since 1940 to honor those "Whose services have been outstanding in the advancement of the best interests of football." It will be presented to Osborne at the Sears/AFCA Awards Luncheon on Jan. 11 during the 2000 AFCA Convention in Anaheim, Calif. Osborne is the third coach with Nebraska to receive the AFCA's most prestigious award. His predecessor in Lincoln, Bob Devaney received the award in 1994. Dana X. Bible, who coached at Nebraska from 1929 to 1936, received the award in 1954.

1999 Team Tidbits...
* Plenty of Speed on Defense...Three of Nebraska’s top return men are defensive players, including rover Joe Walker (24-192, 8.0 punt returns; 5-81, 16.2 kickoff returns), linebacker Randy Stella (1-8 punt returns; 7-158, 25.4 kickoff returns) and cornerback Keyuo Craver (8-90, 11.3 punt returns). Before Stella, Nebraska never had a linebacker assigned to kickoff returns in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich era. Wingback Bobby Newcombe would lead the nation with a 21.4 punt return average, but does not have the prerequisite number of returns (10-214, needs 11, 1.2 per game).

* Productive Receivers...Four different tight ends have caught at least one pass this season, including Tracey Wistrom (11-349-2), Aaron Golliday (3-53-0), T.J. DeBates (1-18-0) and Jake McKee (1-6-0). Split end Matt Davison leads the team with 25 receptions for 394 yards and has two TDs, while wingbacks Bobby Newcombe (14-222-3) and Sean Applegate (5-103-1) have also caught TD passes. While Davison’s streak of 20 games with at least one reception ended vs. OSU, he has caught at least one pass in 28 of his 35 career games and in 24 of the last 25 games. Davison ranks fifth on the NU career receptions chart with 68. Wistrom and Davison have each had two career 100-yard receiving games. (Wistrom -- 2-102-1 vs. Cal, 4-116-1 vs. Oklahoma State, 1999; Davison -- 10-167-0 vs. Texas A&M, 1998; 6-108 vs. KU, 1999).

* Interior Linemen Producing...Charlie McBride’s front men on defense had been alternating nearly every series, showing depth that NU lacked last year. However, Jeremey Slechta did not play in three of the last four games with a knee strain/ankle sprain. He saw limited action vs. A&M. Steve Warren (nose tackle) and Loran Kaiser (defensive tackle) are backed by Jason Lohr and Slechta, respectively. Warren leads the team in tackles for loss with 11-57; while Slechta has 4-14, Kaiser has 4-11, and Lohr has 2-11. Combined, the four have 21 of the team’s 75 tackles for loss.

* Huskers Boast Fast, Play-Making Linebackers...With the return of Butkus nominee Eric Johnson at Will linebacker, the Husker linebackers are back to full speed and continue to wreak havoc. MLB Carlos Polk is second on the team in tackles with 62 and is second on the team in tackles for loss with 9-44 and sacks with 4-35; SLB Brian Shaw has blocked two punts; WLB Julius Jackson has three interceptions and a fumble and an interception return for TDs; and SLB Tony Ortiz has three sacks and six tackles for loss and is fifth on the team with 32 tackles. Johnson has four sacks and six tackles for loss. Rush ends Kyle Vanden Bosch (25 tackles, eight hurries, two blocked field goals and seven tackles for loss) and Aaron Wills (46 tackles, five hurries, five tackles for loss) have also been productive.

* Husker Kicking Solid...The kicking game continues to be solid for NU. Senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt ranks sixth nationally with a 44.86 punting average and has led NU to a team net punting average of 38.1, nearly six yards better than NU opponents (ranks 26th nationally). Freshman place-kicker Josh Brown is 9-14 on field goals made with a long of 37, and is 37-38 on PATs (made last 25 consecutive). True freshman snapper John Garrison is errorless in nine games.

* Nebraska has two student-athletes on the team who earned their degrees this summer. Center Matt Baldwin and linebacker Tony Ortiz earned their degrees in communication studies and sociology, respectively, at the end of August 1999 summer sessions.

* Walk-ons Remain Crucial to Success...On the preseason depth chart, 31 (15 offense, 15 defense, one kicker) of the 89 Huskers listed (35 percent) were walk-ons when they first came to Nebraska. Four have started games in 1999, including Sam linebacker Brian Shaw (started four games in 1998 and one in 1999), wingback Sean Applegate, senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt, who was a reserve in 1998, and Tyrone Uhlir, who started the Iowa State game in place of injured fullback Willie Miller. Shaw was named to Sports Illustrated's 1997 All-Walk-on team (Jason Schwab would have been a former walk-on named starter, but is out for season with injury).

* Nebraska Natives...Thirteen Huskers who hail from Nebraska started at least one game in 1999, including WB Sean Applegate (Lincoln), QB Eric Crouch (Omaha), SE Matt Davison (Tecumseh), RG Russ Hochstein (Hartington), LT Adam Julch (Omaha), FB Willie Miller, (Omaha), SE Wilson Thomas (Omaha), FB Tyrone Uhlir (Battle Creek) and RT Dave Volk (Battle Creek). On defense, native Nebraskans include DT Loran Kaiser (Farwell), RRE Chris Kelsay (Auburn), SLB Brian Shaw (Deweese) and LRE Aaron Wills (Omaha). In addition, tight end T.J. DeBates was born in O'Neill, Nebraska, but has called Stewartville, Minn., home since he was 2-years old.

* Family Connections...While only two sets of brothers currently play for Nebraska (senior rush end Aaron Wills and freshman rush end Colin Wills; and sophomore OT Dave Volk and freshman OT Cody Volk), there are numerous other family connections on the 1999 team. Those who followed in their older brothers' footsteps to play for Nebraska include: Chad (1995-98) and Chris Kelsay (freshman rush end); Grant (1994-1997) and Tracey Wistrom (sophomore tight end); Michael (1994-96) and Dion Booker (sophomore free safety); Mike Vedral (1990-92), Jon Vedral (1994-96) and Mark Vedral (sophomore WLB); and Todd (1987-89), Troy (1994) and Tyrone Uhlir (sophomore fullback). Second-generation Huskers include sophomore MLB Jamie Burrow (father Jim played in 1974-75); senior rover Gregg List (father was the late Jerry List, 1970-71-72); and IB Josh Davis (father Tony played in 1973-75). In addition, senior fullback Ben Kingston is the nephew of former All-American and current Husker orthopedist Dr. Tom Heiser (1974-75).

* Frosh Players...Three true freshmen have played for the Huskers in 1999 including left offensive guard Toniu Fonoti (who will not turn 18 until the Colorado game on Nov. 26); free safety Taylor Gehman; and snapper (center) John Garrison. Fonoti is the No. 2 left guard behind James Sherman and became only the third Nebraska offensive lineman in the modern era to play as a first-year freshman, joining center Jake Young (1986) and guard Will Shields (1989).

*  Non-Redshirts...In addition to the above freshmen who are not redshirting this year, several other Huskers did not redshirt and played their first year including three in 1998–CB Keyuo Craver, DTs Jeremy Slechta and Jason Lohr; six in 1997–CB Erwin Swiney (redshirting in 1999), Rover Joe Walker, QB Bobby Newcombe, IB Correll Buckhalter, SE Matt Davison and RE Kyle Vanden Bosch; and four in 1996–CB Ralph Brown, Rover Mike Brown, LB Eric Johnson and NT Steve Warren.

* NU has seven current players who have made all six Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall and Spring Honor Rolls. The group consists of rover Mike Brown, fullback Dan Alexander, tight end T.J. DeBates, offensive tackle Adam Julch, linebacker Brian Shaw, fullback Ben Kingston and fullback Willie Miller.

* Huskers Nominate 15 to GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America Team...Nebraska nominated 15 athletes who qualified with a 3.2 cumulative GPA and were starters or important reserves for the Huskers to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America team (see complete listing on next page). Rover Mike Brown and linebacker Brian Shaw are both three-time nominees for the award. Shaw earned second-team honors last season and is one of two current Huskers on the football team (also redshirt freshman Will Dabbert) to boast a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average.

* Shaw Earns Burger King Scholar-Athlete Award...Nebraska senior linebacker Brian Shaw boasts a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA in animal science, earned second-team GTE Academic All-America honors in 1998 and is a three-time academic All-Big 12 team member. He was honored before the Oklahoma State game as a Burger King Scholar-Athlete. In his name, Burger King donated $10,000 to the University of Nebraska general scholarship fund in his name. Now in its sixth year with college football, the Burger King scholarship program will donate a total of $5.3 million in college scholarship funds to 211 colleges. Shaw is set to become just the third Husker to be named a four-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, joining Mike Stigge (P, 1989-90-91-92) and Rob Zatechka (OT, 1991-92-93-94).

* Alexander Named to Good Works Team...I-back Dan Alexander was selected as one of 11 members of the 1999 American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for Division I-A. The team honors those athletes who show exceptional dedication to community service and to the betterment of the communities in which they live. Alexander was previously named to the 1997 and 1998 Brook Berringer Citizenship Teams for his involvement in the community. He has been a volunteer at the Peoples City Mission, the Food Distribution Center, St. Elizabeth’s Burn Unit and for the Make a Wish Foundation. He is in his second year as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and is also member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Alexander becomes the fourth Husker to earn the Good Works team honor, joining Troy Branch (1992-1993), Donta Jones (1994) and Jared Tomich (1996).

* Coach Charlie McBride Nominated for Honor...NU defensive Coordinator Charlie McBride has been nominated for the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award. The winners will be announced and honored during the AFCA Kickoff Luncheon at the 2000 AFCA Convention.

* Husker Starting Experience...Sixteen Huskers on offense and 17 on defense have at least some starting experience. Of all the Huskers with at least one start, nine on the offense hail from the state of Nebraska and four on defense are native Nebraskans (13 total). Seventeen Huskers now have double-figure career starts to their credit, led by Ralph Brown, who leads all Huskers and is on school-record pace with 48 consecutive starts (39 before start of season), starting every game since he arrived on campus. Nebraska had never played 13 games in three consecutive seasons before 1996-97-98, and if he continues starting every game this season, Ralph could tie and pass place-kicker Kris Brown’s school record of 51 (1995-96-97-98) if NU plays in the Big 12 Championship game and bowl game.

Charting the Husker All-America and Big 12 Candidates...

On Defense...
* Rover Mike Brown...Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year candidate, All-America candidate, Jim Thorpe Award nominee, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa and Texas A&M...Mike Brown leads the team with 68 tackles and could become just the fourth Husker (second defensive back) to lead NU in tackles for three straight years. He is fifth on the NU career tackle chart with 259 tackles and last week passed three outstanding former linebackers, including Ed Stewart (257, 1991-92-93-94), Marc Munford (256, 1983-84-85-86) and Jim Wightman (254, 1975-76-77). Brown is two away from the Husker top 10 with 14 career pass breakups and is tied for 10th with eight career interceptions (two vs. A&M) in his third year as a starter. This season, Brown has 68 tackles (42 solo), seven tackles for loss, four interceptions for 40 yards, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and one sack. He has led the team in tackles five times this year. He is a co-captain and has assisted the Huskers to top six rankings in all four statistical categories.

* Right Cornerback Ralph Brown...Preseason All-American, Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist, Two-Time All-Big 12...Ralph Brown is seventh on the team with 27 tackles, he has two interceptions (for 66 yards), 10 pass breakups, one forced fumble and two tackles for loss. Brown and company have assisted the Blackshirts to a top six ranking against the rush a top four ranking in total defense and top three numbers in pass efficiency and scoring defense. Brown has 48 straight career starts and was the first Husker position player to start the NU season opener as a true freshman since WWII. He has 130 career tackles and holds Husker school records with 45 career breakups (double the number Bret Clark had, 21, to rank second) and ranks tied for sixth with 10 career interceptions. Brown is a co-captain and with freshmen and sophomores starting opposite him the last three years, has seen few passes thrown at him, but has come through big for the Huskers.

* Middle Linebacker Carlos Polk...Junior MLB Carlos Polk is having an All-America season. Polk is the difference maker in the middle, and is second on the team with 62 tackles. He is also second with nine tackles for 44 yards lost and in sacks with 4-35. He leads the team with 13 quarterback hurries, has one breakup and one forced fumble. Polk has been a big factor in holding opponents to an average of 73.4 rushing yards per game. No opponent this season has rushed for more than 64 yards in the first half (KU) and no opponent has rushed for more than 188 (OSU) in a game. Polk had nine tackles in the KU game despite needing three stitches in his chin.

* Nose Tackle Steve Warren...Defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said Steve Warren is playing as well as any nose tackle ever has at Nebraska. Warren is sixth on the team with 29 tackles and leads the team in tackles for loss with 11 for 67 yards lost. Warren also leads the team in sacks with 6-51, has seven quarterback hurries and two pass breakups, extending his NU position record for PBUs in a career to 10.

On Offense...
* Quarterback Eric Crouch...One of 25 nominees for the Davey O'Brien Award, sophomore quarterback Eric Crouch is making a great case for All-Big 12 honors. Crouch leads the Big 12 and would rank sixth in the nation with a 149.22 pass efficiency rating (but is short of the national prerequisite 15 attempts per game). He is second on the team in rushing with 536 yards and has a team-leading 11 rushing touchdowns. He has an outstanding 4.8 ypc and averages 59.6 ypg. He was named the Big 12 offensive player of the week for his play against No. 21/18 Texas A&M when he rushed for a career-high 137 yards and passed for another 95. Crouch has completed 55.6 percent of his passes (65-117) for 1,101 yards, with three interceptions and seven TDs. Crouch is now 10-3 as NU’s starting QB and has not thrown an interception since the first quarter vs. Missouri (five games, 23 quarters, 87 attempts). Crouch also leads the team in scoring (72 points) and total offense yards (1,637) and is just 256 yards away from the top 10 Nebraska total offense seasons. Crouch has 1,702 career passing yards to rank 14th on the NU all-time career chart and 995 rushing yards in two seasons. An incredible athlete, Crouch runs a 1.55 electronic 10-yard dash time, a 4.47 40 and has a 35-inch vertical jump.

* Split End Matt Davison...Junior SE Matt Davison ranks fifth on NU's career reception chart with 68 and is just 14 catches away from tying for second with Jeff Kinney, who had 82 from 1969-71. He is 75 catches away from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers’ 143 (from 1970-72). Davison now has 1,120 career receiving yards to rank 10th and became the second Husker to reach the 1,000 mark in his junior season, joining Rodgers. He has caught at least one pass in 24 of the last 25 games and has a team-leading 25 catches for 394 yards this season, equal to his team-leading 394 yards in 1998. Davison has three career touchdown catches, the game-saver at Missouri in the 1997 national championship season, one this season in the same end zone at Missouri and a 47-yard TD catch vs. Iowa State. Davison has had two 100-yard receiving days, a school-record 167 vs. Texas A&M last season and 108 vs. Kansas this year.

* Tight End Tracey Wistrom...A great receiver, Tracey Wistrom is third in receiving at NU behind Davison and Newcombe with 11 catches for 349 yards. He averages 31.7 yards per catch and has two TDs on the season, a Husker-best 70-yard TD from Crouch and a 16-yard TD reception from Crouch vs. Oklahoma State. On the season, seven of Wistrom’s 11 receptions have been for 25 or more yards and three have gone for more than 45 yards. Wistrom has had two 100-yard receiving days, 2-102 vs. California and a career-best 4-116 vs. OSU.

* Offensive Linemen...Center Dominic Raiola and Right Guard Russ Hochstein...All-Big 12 candidate, center Dominic Raiola leads the team with 103 pancakes (knock-down blocks) in nine games. He led the team in pancakes in each of the first three weeks with 10 against Iowa, 17 against Cal and a career-best 18 vs. Southern Mississippi and again led the team against Texas A&M with 15, his fifth double-figure pancake day this year. Raiola is approaching Aaron Taylor’s school record for pancake average with 11.4 per game. Taylor averaged 11.64 pancakes per game in 1997. Right guard Russ Hochstein, also an All-Big 12 candidate, is second with 92 (10.2 average) and led the team with 15 vs. OSU, 11 vs. ISU and 14 vs. Kansas. He also had double-figure cakes vs. Iowa (10), and Texas A&M (10). Raiola and Hochstein have assisted the Huskers to a Big 12 leading and No. 6 national rank in rushing, averaging 254.7 ypg.

Specialists....
* Wingback/Punt Returner Bobby Newcombe...One of the fastest players on the team, Bobby Newcombe has been a difference maker in 1999. Newcombe started the first two games at quarterback, leading NU to a 42-7 victory at Iowa and a 45-0 shutout vs. California. Then, in order to help the offense and get more snaps with Crouch and Newcombe on the field at the same time, Newcombe willingly moved to wingback, where he was a key contributor in NU’s 1997 national championship season. The move also enables him to return punts, and two weeks ago vs. Kansas, Newcombe gave the Huskers their first lead with an 86-yard return for a score. On the season, Newcombe has 10 punt returns for 214 yards and averages 21.4 yards per punt return. That mark would lead the nation if he had the prerequisite 1.2 per game. (Newcombe has 10 but needs 11 to qualify for national rank). He is second on the team with 14 receptions for 222 yards and three TDs and has 36 carries for 84 yards rushing and three TDs. Newcombe passed for 246 yards and two TDs and has accounted for scores in four ways, via pass, reception, rushing and punt return. Newcombe had a career-best four catches for 89 yards and a TD vs. Kansas and 4-32 vs. A&M.

* Punter Dan Hadenfeldt...Former walk-on and senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt is having an excellent season, even though this is his first year punting for the Huskers. Hadenfeldt ranks second in the Big 12 and sixth nationally with a 44.86 punting average. He is on school-record pace matching Bill Lafleur’s 44.9 average which broke the school record last season. On the season, Hadenfeldt has averaged more than 40 yards in all but one game. He has hit 11 punts of 50 yards or more, pinned opponents inside their own 20, 16 times, pinned opponents inside their own 10, 12 times, and forced four touchbacks. Week by Week Average...44.0 vs. Iowa, 49.5 vs. Cal, career-best 49.8 vs. Southern Mississippi, 46.8 vs. Missouri, 40.8 vs. Oklahoma State, 45.5 vs. ISU, 39.3 vs. UT, 40.6 vs. KU, 43.8 vs. A&M. Hadenfeldt has been Nebraska’s nominee for Big 12 Specialty Teams Player of the Week three times.

Others to Watch...
* Senior Will linebacker Julius Jackson became the Husker starter in game three when Eric Johnson went out with a knee injury and has played so well, he was named a half-All-American by CNN/SI, was on the early Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year Watch list and was named to the Football News Defensive player of the week semifinal list. Jackson has 25 tackles, 6-20 TFL, two sacks, three interceptions for 40 yards (one for a 28-yard TD return vs. USM), two fumble recoveries (one for a 16-yard TD return vs. USM), two breakups and five quarterback hurries.

* Senior Will LB Eric Johnson returned to action vs. Texas after sitting out three games with a left MCL knee injury suffered in the Southern Mississippi game. He resumed his starting role against Kansas. Entering the season, Johnson was on the Butkus Watch list. Despite missing three games, Johnson is seventh on the NU tackle chart with 27 stops, six tackles for loss, four sacks, four hurries and one forced fumble.

Team Game-by Game 1999 Recaps...
* GAME # 1...Sept. 4, Nebraska 42, Iowa 7, Iowa City, Iowa...The Huskers held Iowa scoreless for three quarters. NU racked up 162 rushing yards and 206 total yards in the first half, but with two turnovers, was only able to score one TD. After taking a 7-0 lead into the locker room at intermission, Nebraska scored on its first three second-half possessions (and five of first six) to take a 28-0 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Iowa scored on a blocked punt in the last three minutes for a final 42-7 Nebraska victory. The defense shut down every aspect of Iowa’s offensive game, allowing just 83 yards rushing, 169 total offense yards and eight first downs. The Hawkeyes did not record their first down of the game until their seventh drive (last one before halftime). The Huskers rushed for 347 yards (the most since 359 vs. Iowa State last year) and had 543 total-offense yards (just two yards short of last season’s best of 545 vs. Kansas). Leading Rushers: Dan Alexander (15-95-0), Eric Crouch (5-92-3), Leading Passers: Bobby Newcombe (10-7-1-128-1), Crouch (5-3-0-68-0) Leading Receiver: Matt Davison (4-69-0) Leading Tackler/Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: Mike Brown (5-3-8).

* GAME #2...Sept. 11, Nebraska 45, California 0, Lincoln...The Huskers shut out California, 45-0, in Nebraska’s home opener. The Huskers scored in every quarter and for the second straight game, the Blackshirts did not give up any points. In the second quarter, quarterback Eric Crouch led NU on three of four possessions to give Nebraska a 28-0 halftime edge. The Huskers added a field goal and two more touchdowns for the final 45-0 margin. Crouch rushed nine times for 21 yards and two scores (1 yard, 4 yards) and completed two of two passes for 102 yards and one TD (70 yards to Tracey Wistrom) and caught one pass for a 60-yard TD from starting quarterback Bobby Newcombe. In the process, he became the first Husker in 26 years to score three ways on offense and he did it all in the second quarter. The defense held Cal to 145 yards of total offense, marking the first time NU held back-to-back opponents to less than 200 yards since NU did so in three straight games in 1997 (Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma). NU held Cal to just 40 yards rushing and nine first downs. Again causing havoc, NU caused three turnovers and tacked on five sacks. Leading Rushers: Dahrran Diedrick (5-29-0), Dan Alexander (6-27-1), Eric Crouch (9-21-2) Leading Passers: Crouch (2-2-0-102-1), Bobby Newcombe (7-3-0-85-1) Leading Receiver: Tracey Wistrom (2-102-1) Leading Tackler: Carlos Polk (4-3-7), 2-12 TFL, 1-9 sack.

* GAME #3...Sept. 18, Nebraska 20, Southern Mississippi 13, Lincoln...In one of the best, down-to-the-wire games played in Memorial Stadium, the Huskers relied on big defensive plays throughout the game and a defensive stand at the end of the game to secure a 20-13 win in Lincoln over Southern Mississippi. TNU led 12-7 at halftime, but the lead changed five times and Southern Miss had one last chance to win the game with 2:38 remaining in the fourth quarter with the ball on their own 41. The Eagles drove inside the red zone, to the NU 14-yard line, but sophomore Keyuo Craver recorded his second interception of the fourth quarter, giving NU the ball with 1:17 remaining on the 6-yard line. Senior linebacker Julius Jackson scored NU’s first and last touchdown of the game to lead a Husker defense that forced six turnovers and recorded five sacks as Nebraska improved to 3-0 despite gaining less than 200 yards in total offense. It was a game played before a Memorial Stadium record 77,826 fans, bettering the 77,617 who watched the California game, Sept. 11. For the third consecutive year and the seventh time in the 90s, the Huskers completed its non-conference portion of the schedule undefeated. Leading Rushers: Dan Alexander (16-54-0), Willie Miller (8-38-1) Leading Passer: Eric Crouch (10-6-2-66-0) Leading Receivers: John Gibson (2-19-0), Matt Davison (2-19-0) Leading Tackler: Mike Brown (8-5-13) Big 12 Def. Player of the Week: Julius Jackson, LB, five tackles, 1-16 FR TD; 1-28 IR TD, 1-9 sack.

* GAME #4...Sept. 25, Nebraska 40, Missouri 10, Columbia, Mo....Nebraska recorded its 100th win of the 90s with a 40-10 win over Missouri in Columbia. Nebraska became just the first Division I program to win 100-plus games in consecutive decades as NU was 103-20-0 in the 80s. The win was Nebraska’s 21st straight over Missouri and 25th straight conference opening win. Nebraska’s defense scored first on a safety, and NU went up 16-0 in the first quarter after Matt Davison caught a 7-yard pass from Eric Crouch and Crouch scored on a 31-yard run. Correll Buckhalter led all rushers with a season-best 132 yards on 14 carries with one score and broke a five-game drought in which the Huskers did not have a 100-yard rusher. Crouch rushed for 92 yards and passed for 143 and two TDs, one to Davison and a 53-yarder to Bobby Newcombe. The 16 first-quarter points bettered the 13 first-quarter points the Huskers had totaled in the first three games combined. NU led 19-3 at halftime after both teams traded field goals. Missouri scored a TD on a 26-yard pass against Husker reserves with 2:13 remaining in the game for the final 40-10 score. Missouri entered the Nebraska game averaging 310 yards rushing, but was held to just 13 at halftime and 25 for the game, tying the season low (Southern Miss also had 25 yards rushing). That marked the first time since 1997 that the Huskers have held each of its first four opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. Leading Rushers: Correll Buckhalter (14-132-1), Eric Crouch (15-92-1), Dan Alexander (10-39-1) Leading Passer: Crouch (17-10-1-143-2) Leading Receivers: Matt Davison (5-59-1), Bobby Newcombe (2-55-1) Leading Tackler: Mike Brown (5-2-7, 1-3 TFL, 1 FF).

* GAME #5...Oct. 2, Nebraska 38, Oklahoma State 14, Lincoln...Nebraska scored quickly and often and posted a 38-14 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Lincoln. The Huskers jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, scoring three rushing TDs in 13 plays, and led 31-0 at halftime. At intermission, OSU had yet to complete a pass and had just 45 rushing/total offense yards compared to Nebraska’s 256 total yards at halftime. QB Eric Crouch was Nebraska’s leading rusher in the game with 61 yards on 11 carries with one TD. Crouch completed 7-13 passes for a career-best 145 yards and a score, a 16-yarder to TE Tracey Wistrom. Wistrom recorded his second 100-yard receiving game with four catches for 116 yards. The win was Nebraska’s 24th straight win over OSU and extended Nebraska’s unbeaten streak with the Cowboys to 36 games. The Huskers totaled 385 yards (240 rushing) against a Cowboy defense that ranked second in pass efficiency defense, third in total defense and fifth in rush defense. OSU’s Fobbs scored the first rushing TD against the Huskers this season, breaking a streak of 19 quarters where the Huskers had not allowed a rushing TD. Oklahoma State was the first team this year to rush for more than 100 yards against the Huskers, breaking a streak of four games. However, the Cowboys had just 12 yards rushing (and total offense) after the first quarter and 45 at the half as 17 of their 24 first-half rushes were for two yards or less and all five of their pass attempts were incomplete. In the game, the Cowboys had 48 carries for 188 yards and one TD, bettering the 57 by Iowa in the season-opener. Leading Rushers: Eric Crouch (11-61-1), Correll Buckhalter (11-55-2) Leading Passer: Crouch (13-7-0-145-1) Leading Receiver: Tracey Wistrom (4-116-1) Leading Tackler: Ralph Brown (5-5-10, 1-7 TFL).

* GAME #6...Oct. 9, Nebraska 49, Iowa State 14, Lincoln...The No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers posted a 49-14 win over the Iowa State Cyclones in Lincoln on Homecoming, scoring a season-high 49 points. Nebraska jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead as the defense, for the third consecutive week, caused a miscue on the opponent’s first drive. Dan Alexander scored on a 7-yard run seven plays after Joe Walker sacked Sage Rosenfels, caused and recovered a fumble, giving NU the ball on ISU’s 38. On ISU’s second possession, Randy Stella blocked a Carl Gomez punt in the end zone and All-American Ralph Brown recovered for the TD. Matt Davison caught a 47-yard pass from Eric Crouch on NU’s second offensive drive for the Huskers’ third score. NU increased its lead to 28-0 before halftime after Correll Buckhalter scored on a 7-yard run. Nebraska increased its lead to 49-0 on a second defensive touchdown, this time by redshirt freshman rush end Demoine Adams. ISU scored two fourth-quarter TDs against Husker reserves for the final 49-14 margin. NU totaled a season-best 439 yards rushing, led by Alexander’s 135 and Buckhalter’s 127 and nearly had a third I-back rush for 100 yards in the game as Dahrran Diedrich had 99. It marked the first time this season and the first time since 1997, Nebraska had two 100-yard rushers. The last time the Huskers had two 100-yard rushers was against Missouri on Nov. 8, 1997, when Ahman Green had 189 and Scott Frost had 141 in a 45-38 overtime Husker win. QB Eric Crouch rushed 10 times for 58 yards and eight Huskers had positive rushing statistics to give the Huskers a season-best 439 yards. It marked the first time NU totaled 400 or more rushing yards since 466 vs. Kansas last year. NU recorded 524 total yards against a team that entered the game ranked fifth nationally in total defense. ISU had 146 rushing yards (59 after three quarters) and 331 total offense yards (183 after three quarters), the most against the Huskers this year. The win was Nebraska’s seventh straight over ISU, fifth straight at home. Leading Rushers: Dan Alexander (10-135-1), Correll Buckhalter (14-127-1), Dahrran Diedrick (16-99-0) Leading Passer: Crouch (10-5-0-85-2) Leading Receiver: Matt Davison (2-53-1) Leading Tackler: Carlos Polk (3-4-7).

* GAME #7...Oct. 23, Texas 24, Nebraska 20, Austin, Texas...In a down-to-the-wire game, the No. 3 Nebraska Cornhuskers were defeated by No. 18 Texas in Austin, 24-20. The lead changed five times with Nebraska leading 13-3 at halftime. Texas scored first on a field goal after Nebraska’s first fumble, to mark just the second time this year NU has trailed in a game. Nebraska answered UT’s field goal with two of its own then scored the game’s first TD with :45 seconds remaining in the first half to take a 13-3 lead into the locker room. The lead would change three more times in the second half, with Texas scoring the game-winning touchdown with 5:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Nebraska had three turnovers in the game and although the Longhorns only converted one to a field goal, NU twice lost fumbles inside the UT red zone (at the 20-yard line after driving to the 10 with 11:17 remaining in the second quarter, and on the UT 1 with 12:19 remaining in the third quarter). With the exception of a 33-yard run by Hodges Mitchell on UT’s first drive, the Blackshirts did an excellent job of shutting down the Longhorns’ rushing game. UT had 45 yards rushing in the first quarter, totaled 45 yards at halftime and 62 in the game. When Chris Robertson scored on a 1-yard run vs. the Huskers with 11:17 in the third quarter, it ended a 7-game, 26-quarter streak in which no 1999 opponent had scored a rushing TD vs. the No. 1 Husker defense. The Huskers out-numbered Texas in nearly every category. Nebraska rushed for 192 yards, while UT had just 62. Nebraska had 429 total-offense yards compared to UT’s 275 and had a 34:13 to 25:47 advantage on possession time. Nebraska passed for 200 yards for the first time this year with 237, 24 yards better than UT’s 213. UT did not have any turnovers lost, marking the first time this year the Husker defense did not gain a turnover. Quarterback Eric Crouch completed 12 of 20 passes for a career-high 204 yards and WB Bobby Newcombe had one completion to SE Matt Davison for 33 yards on a lateral from Crouch. Starting I-back Dan Alexander was the game’s leading rusher with 21 carries for a career-high 136 yards. No. 2 I-back Correll Buckhalter had eight carries for 23 yards, including a 5-yard TD run with :45 remaining in the second quarter. Leading Rushers: Dan Alexander (21-136-0),Eric Crouch (17-35-1) Leading Passer: Crouch (20-12-0-204-0) Leading Receivers: Matt Davison (4-62-0), Bobby Newcombe (3-22-0), Tracey Wistrom (2-87-0) Leading Tackler: Mike Brown (9-2-11, 2-15 TFL).

* GAME #8...Oct. 30, Nebraska 24, Kansas 17, Lawrence, Kan....Nebraska entered the Kansas game a little flat and banged up from their tango at Texas, and Kansas was skyhigh after a shutout the week before of Missouri. As a result, Kansas gave the No. T8/9/7 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Cornhuskers all they could handle. A fired up defense prevailed and NU defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, 24-17. The Jayhawks scored first when Nebraska backed itself into a corner at the 1-yard line and KU blocked a punt to take a 2-0 lead. Kansas expanded its lead to 9-0 after a Dylen Smith to David Hurst 22-yard pass and subsequent Joe Garcia kick at the 9:12 mark in the second quarter. That touchdown was the first scored allowed by Nebraska in the first half this season that did not come after a Husker turnover or miscue. Kansas held NU scoreless in the first half for the first time since 1996 and scored more points (nine) than it had totaled against NU in the last three games (seven). NU’s Josh Brown hit on a 31-yard field goal with 10:23 remaining in the third quarter and Bobby Newcombe had an 86-yard punt return to give the Huskers a 10-9 lead with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter. Husker QB Eric Crouch scored on an 8-yard run with 12:09 in the fourth to give the Huskers a 17-9 cushion, but KU became the first opponent this season to score on the first play of a drive when Smith hit Mike Chandler on a 77-yard pass with 11:44 remaining. A Smith to Chandler two-point conversion tied the game at 17-all. Newcombe showed up big again as he raced to the end zone on a 49-yard pass from Crouch with 3:24 remaining for the final 24-17 Husker margin. Crouch passed for 193 yards and rushed for 14. I-back Correll Buckhalter rushed for 116 yards, SE Matt Davison had 108 yard receiving and Newcombe added 89 receiving yards to account for 313 of the Huskers’ 366 total net yards. Nebraska had 199 punt return yards and Kansas averaged 24 net punting yards compared to the Huskers’ 33. The win marked NU’s 31st consecutive over the Jayhawks and the 16th straight in Lawrence. It also assured the 7-1 Cornhuskers of their 38th consecutive winning season. That streak leads the nation and ranks in a tie with Alabama for second best all time (38 from 1911 to 1950). NU corner Keyuo Craver led all tacklers with 10 stops, while linebacker Carlos Polk had nine with three huries and a sack, and rover Mike Brown had eight tackles, a breakup and an interception. Leading Rushers: Correll Buckhalter (22-116-0) Leading Passer: Eric Crouch (20-11-0-193-1) Leading Receivers: Matt Davison (6-108-0), Bobby Newcombe (4-89-1) Leading Tackler: Keyuo Craver (5-5-10).