Husker Football Release vs. Kansas

Game #8
The Matchup:
No. T8/9 (AP/Coaches) Nebraska (6-1, 3-1) vs. Kansas (3-5, 1-3)

Game Date:
Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999;

Kickoff Time:
6:08 p.m.

Lawrence, Kan. Stadium/Capacity: Memorial Stadium (50,250), AstroTurf

The Coaches:
Nebraska-Frank Solich (Nebraska, '66), 15-5, 2nd year career/at Nebraska;
Kansas-Terry Allen (Northern Iowa, '79), 87-44 in 11-year career; 12-18 in three years at KU

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No. T8/9 Nebraska (6-1, 3-1) at Kansas (3-5, 1-3) on Oct. 30
The No. 9/9 (AP/Coaches) Nebraska Cornhuskers slipped at Austin, losing 24-20 to No. 18/18 Texas. The Huskers hope to regroup and continue working toward a Big 12 Conference championship crown with a win at Kansas on Oct. 30. Like four other teams in the conference, Nebraska has one conference loss while Kansas State (4-0) is the only undefeated team in conference action. The Huskers dropped from No. 3 in both polls, to a tie for eighth in the AP poll and to No. 9 in the coaches poll, but can work their way back to a BCS bowl by finishing strong. The Kansas game will kick off at 6:08 p.m. and marks the Huskers' third night game aired on Fox Sports Net this season. While Kansas (3-5, 1-3) is the first team the Huskers will face this year with a losing record at game time, the Jayhawks are coming off a 21-0 shutout of Missouri. The Nebraska - Kansas series is tied for the third-longest in NCAA Division I-A at 105 games and is the longest continuous series in I-A with 93 straight games since 1906. Nebraska has a commanding 81-21-3 lead, has shutout the Jayhawks the past two years and will be looking for its 31st consecutive win as KU last defeated Nebraska 23-13 in Lincoln in 1968. At 6-1, NU is looking to secure its 38th consecutive winning season, a streak which leads the nation and will tie Alabama (1911-50) for second-longest all time behind Notre Dame's 42 (1889-1932).

Big 12 Conference Race Heats Up
North division leader Kansas State (4-0) is the only unbeaten team in the Big 12 Conference, but the Wildcats must play in Lincoln on Nov. 13. Nebraska (3-1) and Colorado (3-1) are tied for second in the North and will conclude the regular season with the fourth-annual post-Thanksgiving Friday matchup in Boulder on Nov. 26. In the South, Texas (3-1), Texas Tech (3-1) and Oklahoma (2-1) each have one league loss. Texas plays at Iowa State, Oklahoma State, and A&M and hosts Texas Tech; while Oklahoma is at Colorado, Iowa State and Texas Tech and hosts Missouri and Oklahoma State. Tech is at Missouri and Texas and hosts Iowa State and 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. In addition to this week at Kansas and the KSU and Colorado matchups, Nebraska will host Texas A&M on Nov. 6. 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. 20/19 by AP/Coaches), Kansas State (6/6 AP/Coaches), Texas (12/12) and Texas A&M (22/18). Kansas State and Texas A&M are the Big 12's defending division champions. The Huskers hope to make a return appearance in the Big 12 Conference Championship game which will be played in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 4.

Head Coach Frank Solich
Coach Frank Solich (Nebraska, 1966) is 15-5 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 15-5 at the helm of the Huskers, 10-1 at home, 4-3 on the road, 1-1 at neutral sites); 2-4 vs. AP ranked teams (1-2 vs. AP top 10 teams); 13-1 vs. unranked teams (8-1 at home, 5-0 on road); 8-4 vs. Big 12 Conference opponents (5-1 at home, 2-3 away, 1-0 at neutral site); 1-0 in August, 7-0 in September, 5-3 in October, 2-1 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). He led Nebraska to its 30th consecutive bowl game, 37th consecutive winning season and 30th consecutive nine-win season in 1998. Solich is 1-0 vs. Kansas, 1-0 vs. KU Coach Terry Allen.

Last Week's Game...Nebraska 20, Texas 24
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 (also vs. Southern Miss, NU won 20-13). 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). The Huskers winning streak ended at six games as NU dropped to 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play, and UT improved to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12.

* Rushing Defense...The Huskers entered the game ranked eighth nationally in rush defense allowing an average of 80.2 ypg. 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. Nebraska has held every opponent to less than 51 yards rushing at halftime this season and five of seven opponents to less than 100 yards rushing 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 Husker Blackshirts (No. 1 defense) have given up just 47 points this season (24 by Texas). The Huskers were led by All-American candidate Mike Brown who had 11 tackles including two tackles for 13 yards lost. Brown has had 30 tackles against the Longhorns, including a career-best 19 last season.

* Huskers Put up Strong Offensive Numbers...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. Texas had entered the game averaging 459.1 total-offense yards per game to rank first in the Big 12 and 10th nationally and averaged 305.4 yards per game passing, second in Big 12, 16th nationally.

* Field Position Key on Scoring Drives...Texas recovered an Eric Crouch fumble on the Nebraska 43. While UT gained just 16 yards on the drive, the Longhorns did get a field goal as a result of the field position. Nebraska scored its first field goal on a drive that began on the UT 17-yard line. UT had punted from the end zone after a penalty, Long had a short 31-yard punt which Joe Walker returned 21 yards to the UT 17. NU place-kicker Josh Brown hit a 22-yard field goal six plays later. UT regained the lead with 1:51 remaining in the third quarter on a Major Applewhite to Kwame Cavil 14-yard pass. It was a 3-play drive that began on their own 42 when NU failed on a fourth and two. Nebraska's four-play drive with 7:52 remaining in the fourth to give NU a 20-17 lead began at the UT 45. UT's last scoring drive started on their own 40 after a face mask penalty.

* Turnovers...Nebraska had three turnovers in the game, Texas had none. Texas converted the first of two Crouch fumbles in the first half into a 43-yard field goal by Kris Stockton, giving UT a 3-0 lead at the 9:04 mark in the first quarter. The Longhorns did not convert Crouch's second fumble at the UT 20 in the second quarter as they punted three plays later. UT also did not convert Nebraska's last fumble by Correll Buckhalter, but it stopped a potential go-ahead Husker drive on the UT 1-yard line. The two fumbles lost were the first two lost by Crouch this season. For the first time this season, NU's opponent did not have any turnovers lost. This was also the first time this season that NU did not have at least two sacks (Carlos Polk had 1-8).

* Passing it Around...The Huskers totaled 154 yards passing in the first half and 237 in the game. Eric Crouch completed 12 of 20 passes for 204 yards and Bobby Newcombe had one completion to Matt Davison for 33 yards on a lateral from Crouch. Crouch had 125 yards at the half, outpassing Major Applewhite's 47 yards at half. Applewhite had completed just 9-21 passes in the first half (three completions on last drive), but completed 8 of 9 in the second half.

* Dan Alexander was the game's leading rusher with 21 carries for a career-high 136 yards. He reached the 100 mark before the end of the third quarter. This marks the second 100-yard rushing game for Alexander this season and second consecutive (also 135 vs. Iowa State on Oct. 9, 1999 and 110 vs. ISU last year) and third of his career. Alexander was named the ABC/Chevrolet NU Player of the Game and $1,000 will be donated to the school's general scholarship fund on his behalf. Alexander was also the Huskers' nominee for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week as he also caught two passes for 25 yards, including a 22-yard reception which led to a Husker touchdown. Alexander is the only individual to top the century mark against UT this year. 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.

* QB Eric Crouch...passed for a career-high 204 yards vs. Texas, completing 12 of 20 passes with no interceptions and no TD passes. His previous career best was 145 this season vs. Oklahoma State. (He passed for 193 yards in the 1998 Holiday Bowl vs. Arizona). The last time a Husker quarterback passed for more than 200 yards was Newcombe last year vs. Texas A&M. Crouch also rushed 17 times for 35 yards, including a go-ahead 9-yard TD run with 7:52 remaining in the game. On that four-play drive, Crouch rushed for 11 yards, had a 22-yard shovel pass to Alexander, then scored two plays later. Crouch has 813 passing yards on the season, completing 58.4 percent of his passes with a 6 to 3 touchdown to interception ratio. He also has 385 yards rushing and nine TDs to lead the team with 1,198 total-offense yards and 60 points. He is just 695 yards away from the top 10 best Nebraska total-offense seasons.

* SE Matt Davison led all Husker receivers against Texas with four catches for 62 yards, all in the first half. Davison moved from 11th to tied for eighth on the NU career receiving chart with 61 receptions for 906 yards and three TDs. Davison had a 33-yard catch from Newcombe and a 15-yard catch from Crouch on NU's second scoring drive to set up Josh Brown's 32-yard field goal which gave the Huskers their first lead at 6-3 with 2:12 remaining in the first half.

* Place-Kicker Josh Brown...Brown hit two field goals for the first time this season. He hit a 22-yarder with 6:21 in the first quarter to tie the game at 3-all, then gave the Huskers a 6-3 lead with a 32-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining in the first half. He had two attempts one other time this year, but was 1-2 vs. Oklahoma State. UT's Stockton was 1-2 on field goals, kicking just the second of six field goal tries against the Huskers this season.

* Tight End Tracey Wistrom, a Big-Play Maker...Wistom had two catches for 87 yards vs. Texas. On the season, seven of Wistrom's 10 catches for 337 yards have been for 25 yards or more, including two vs. Texas. Wistrom made a 49-yard reception in the first half to the UT 28 (NU did not score as Huskers lost ball on a Crouch fumble) and a 38-yard reception in the fourth quarter to bring NU to the UT 7-yard line (NU did not score as Buckhalter fumbled on the 1-yard line).

* For the first time this season, Dan Hadenfeldt did not average 40 yards or better on his punts. Hadenfeldt had just three punts for 118 yards, for a 39.3 average. That brings his season average down slightly to 45.9 ypp, but Hadenfeldt still ranks sixth in the nation and second in the Big 12. Hadenfeldt averaged better than 40.0 yards punting in six of seven weeks. 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. He has hit nine punts of 50 yards or more, pinned opponents inside their own 20, nine times, pinned opponents inside their own 10, eight times, and forced five touchbacks. Hadenfeldt has been Nebraska's nominee for Big 12 Specialty Teams Player of the Week three times.

Injury Update
WLB Eric Johnson returned to action against Texas after suffering a left knee MCL sprain in the Southern Miss game, which did not require surgery, but kept him out of three games. DT Jeremy Slechta suffered a sprained left ankle ligament and a partial ACL tear in practice on Oct. 5. He has missed the Iowa State and Texas games. He is doubtful for Kansas.

The Huskers 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.

Statistically Speaking
The Huskers rank among the top eight in all four defensive categories and among the top 12 in two offensive categories, plus NU ranks 17th in net punting (see page four). Individually, Dan Hadenfeldt ranks sixth nationally and second in the Big 12 in punting at 45.9 ypp; QB Eric Crouch leads the Big 12 and would rank third in the nation in pass efficiency with a 165.1 rating, but does not have enough pass attempts. He ranks tied for 23rd nationally and tied for fourth in the Big 12 in scoring averaging at 8.57 ppg; and LB Julius Jackson is tied for 34th nationally in interceptions per game (0.43).

In the Polls
In this week's polls, after losing to No. 18 Texas, 24-20, in Austin, the Huskers slipped from third to tied for eighth in the AP poll and ninth in the coaches poll. Nebraska began the season ranked sixth in both preseason polls and moved up to third in both polls before the Texas loss. Nebraska (6-1) has 1,021 points to rank behind Florida State (8-0), Penn State (8-0), Virginia Tech (6-0), Tennessee (5-1), Florida (6-1), Kansas State (7-0), Georgia Tech (5-1) and Mississippi State (7-0). The Big 12 has five ranked teams in the polls, including Kansas State (6/6), Nebraska (T8/9), Texas (12/12), Texas A&M (22/18) and Oklahoma (24/--). By points, Oklahoma would rank 27th in the coaches poll.

Huskers Continue Quest for Second Big 12 Conference Crown
Nebraska has won one of the three possible Big 12 Conference titles 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 (3-1 in the North Division) will host Kansas State (4-0) in Lincoln on Nov. 6 and play Colorado (3-1) 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 45-4 conference record. Nebraska is 24-4 in the Big 12 (12-1 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.

The Husker Defense...One of Nation's Best
Despite the loss to Texas, the Nebraska defense continues to rank as one of the best in school history and one of the best in the nation. The Huskers have outscored their first seven opponents by a combined score of 254-82 (36.3-11.7). The most points scored against the Huskers this year is 24 by Texas. Nebraska has held its seven 1999 opponents to averages of 11.7 points (ranks fifth nationally), 77.6 yards rushing (eighth), 89.4 pass efficiency rating (seventh) and 237.1 total offense yards (third). The 1999 Husker Blackshirts, led by All-America and Thorpe Award candidates Ralph Brown and Mike Brown, linebacker Carlos Polk and defensive tackle Steve Warren may be transforming into one of the best defensive units in Husker history, consider...

The 1999 Husker Blackshirts...
* NU ranks in the top eight in all four defensive categories...Twice in the 90s, the Huskers ranked in the top 10 in all four defensive categories at season's end, including 1994 and 1996.

* Scoring...The 82 points allowed in the first seven games is the lowest since allowing 62 in the first seven games of the 1996 season.

* Nebraska has given up just 10 first quarter points and three second quarter points in seven games.

* The Husker defense held its first two opponents out of the end zone and the No. 1 defense has given up just one rushing TD (streak of 26 consecutive scoreless quarters ended by Texas). The first-team defense has given up 47 points total and 19 of those were after NU turnovers-13 points to Southern Miss, 3 to Missouri and 3 to Texas. The longest scoring drive against the Blackshirts was 80 yards by OSU. Only two scoring drives against the Huskers have been longer than 50 yards this season.

* Thirty-five of the opponents' 82 points have come in the fourth quarter of lopsided NU wins. Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Iowa State all scored late TDs, while trailing by 42, 37, 31 and 49 points, respectively (21 of the points were in the last three minutes). Iowa's score was a blocked punt.

* The Husker defense has converted 18 turnovers on the year to 70 points.

* The Blackshirts themselves have scored 30 points (two TDs by Julius Jackson vs. USM; safety vs. MU; TDs by Ralph Brown and Demoine Adams vs. ISU).

* Total Offense...The defense is giving up an average of 237.1 yards per game in total defense...The last time the Huskers allowed less than 240 yards in total offense was when NU ranked second in 1986 allowing 235.6 ypg. Only two Nebraska teams have allowed an average of fewer than 200 total offense yards per game at season's end (1964 and 1967).

* Vs. the Rush...NU has allowed just 16 plays from scrimmage of 25 yards or more, five by rush. The longest rush by an opponent is 35 yards (by OSU's Terrance Richardson and ISU's Darren Davis).

* Nebraska held five of its seven opponents to less than 70 yards rushing (OSU had a season-best 188, but just 45 at halftime, ISU had 146, but just 51 at halftime).

* Husker opponents average just 30.3 yards rushing at halftime, all but one (ISU's 51) have been held to less than 50 yards at intermission.

* ISU's Darren Davis is the only individual to rush for 100-or more yards against the Blackshirts this season. He had 107 (but just 40 after three quarters), well under his then-nation-leading average of 177.

* Vs. the Pass...The Huskers have had at least one sack in every game this season and lead the Big 12 with a total of 23-170 yards...more than half of NU's 33 total in 1998 and 26 off school record.

* NU has had at least one pickoff in five of seven games this year and a season-best four vs. USM.

* Other...Opponents average just 2.3 yards per rush and 3.5 yards per play.

* The seven opponents have converted just 27 of 107 third-down conversions (25 percent); are 3-8 on fourth-down tries; and 8-13 in the red zone.

* Opponents have been successful on just 2-6 field goals and average 32.8 yards in net punting.

* The Husker defense has given the offense the ball in opponent territory 22 times this year.

* NU forced its first three opponents to punt on their first drive, while NU converted miscues on each of the next three opponent's first drives into scores (a safety and two touchdowns). UT missed FG.

Secondary to None
George Darlington's Husker secondary continues to prove itself to be one of the best in the nation. Rover Joe Walker (knee) returned to action against Southern Miss, but cornerback Erwin Swiney (groin) has not and is expected to redshirt this season. In seven games, the starting four-left corner Ralph Brown, right corner Keyuo Craver, free safety Clint Finley and rover Mike Brown-have totaled five interceptions with Craver recording two vs. USM and the others picking off one apiece. They have broken up 23 passes led by Craver's nine and Ralph's seven, and totaled 119 tackles, led by Mike's team-leading 51.

Starting his first game as a true freshman and 46 straight games, right corner Ralph Brown owns the school records for pass breakups in a game (seven), season (14) and career (42). He 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 eighth with nine 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 ranks 11th on the NU all-time tackle chart with 242.

The experience and numbers among the top five is incredible. The five veterans have 562 career tackles in 108 starts and with 73 breakups and 28 interceptions and has put 49 points on the board. Craver is the only one who hasn't scored.

Dangerous Weapons
Nebraska has had 11 different players score touchdowns including five by rush (Eric Crouch-9, Dan Alexander-4, Correll Buckhalter-5, Bobby Newcombe-3 and Willie Miller-1); five on receptions (Matt Davison-2, Tracey Wistrom-2, Newcombe-2, Sean Applegate-1 and Crouch-1); two on fumble returns (Julius Jackson-1, Demoine Adams-1); one on an interception return (Jackson-1) 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. Newcombe and Jackson join Crouch as three Huskers who have scored TDs at least two different ways. Although the Huskers have only completed 56 passes this season, eight of those (19 percent) 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).

Nebraska on FieldTurf or Grass
Nebraska is 4-0 on FieldTurf (Memorial Stadium), 2-1 on grass this season, and will play its first and only game on astroturf this season at Kansas this week. 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 on Saturday. NU will play six games on FieldTurf, four on grass and one on astroturf.

Huskers Rock in October
Nebraska is 104-9-1 over the last 28 years in October and is 79-4 since an Oct. 4, 1980, loss to Florida State in Lincoln (18-14). Nebraska lost to Florida State in Lincoln in 1980 (18-14), to Texas A&M in College Station (28-21), to Texas in Lincoln (20-16) last season and to UT in Austin in 1999. The Oct. 25 game at Kansas in 1997 was the first time NU played a game while being ranked No. 1 by AP in the month of October since the 1983 season. NU is 35-3 in October in the 90s.

Husker Notes...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 102-16-1 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 105-13-1 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 102 wins this decade, just three wins behind Florida State (105), 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 75-8 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 75-8 record
  • Won four conference crowns (three Big 8, one Big 12)
  • Posted a 45-4 conference record
  • Won 41 of 42 home games
  • Gone 19-7 vs. AP top 25 teams
  • Gone 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 737-297-40 record in 1,074 games (.705). In the last 30 years, NU is tops, posting a record of 304-55-5 for an .842 winning percentage (364 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 737. 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 37-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 37 years of winning records is third all time behind Notre Dame's 42 (1889-1932) and Alabama's 38 (1911-50). With a win over Kansas, Nebraska would ensure its 38th consecutive winning season, tying Alabama for second.

Happy at Home
Nebraska is 72-3 at home the last 11 years, losing to two teams who went on to win a share of the national championship (Colorado in 1990 and Washington in 1991), and to Texas in 1998. The Huskers are 440-122-20 (.773, 582 games) in Lincoln, 315-99-13 (.753, 427 games, 77 years) in Memorial Stadium (since 1923) and 10-1 at home under Coach Solich with a current five-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 116-10 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 85-5 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 (191 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. Cal.

The 231-Game Consecutive Sellout Streak
Nebraska's Memorial Stadium boasts an NCAA-record 231 consecutive sellouts, dating back to Hall of Fame Coach Bob Devaney's first year in 1962 (vs. Missouri on Nov. 3). NU is 205-26 during the 231 sellouts (50-9 under Devaney, 145-16 under Osborne, 10-1 under Solich). The mark includes a 33-18 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 301
Ranked tied for eighth in this week's Associated Press Poll, Nebraska extended its AP Poll record to 301 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 106 of the 112 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 475 of the last 478 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).

NU'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 Nebraska is the only team to be ranked in every poll of the 90s.

Against Associated Press Ranked Teams
Nebraska is 82-88-3 (.483, 173 games) all time vs. ranked opponents. Over the last seven seasons, the Huskers have gone 20-6 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). Last year, Nebraska went 2-3 vs. AP ranked teams. Over the last 27 years, NU is 63-41-1 (.605, 105 games) vs. ranked teams. In this decade, NU is 23-10-1. Solich is 2-4 vs. ranked teams (1-2 vs. top 10 AP teams) and has not lost at home to a ranked AP team (2-0 at home, 0-3 away, 0-1 at neutral site). Nebraska potentially has two other ranked opponents on its regular-season schedule with No. 22/18 Texas A&M and No. 6/6 Kansas State coming to Lincoln on Nov. 6 and Nov. 13, respectively. Southern Miss is 5-2 and is ranked 20/19 this week but was unranked at game time.

Huskers vs. the Unranked
The Huskers have lost just 13 of 222 games to unranked opponents since 1973 (13-1 under Solich). Nebraska's most recent loss was to 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 207-13-2 against unranked opponents (.937, 222 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 .773 "On-the-Road" record in the '90s (among Division I-A schools). Nebraska is 42-13-1 on the road for a .759 winning percentage, behind Florida State's 51-12-0 (.810). Not counting neutral site games, the Huskers are tops in the '90s with a 34-8-1 record (.802), which includes a win and a loss to Miami in Orange Bowl games. Nebraska is 29-6 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 Marchall (4,707) with 4,680 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 36.3 ppg to rank third in the Big 12 and 12th in the nation. NU has scored at least 35 points in 50 of the last 66 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 218 consecutive games when scoring 35 or more points and is 282-1 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 44 games. Nebraska has not been shut out at home since KSU shut out the Huskers on Homecoming in 1968 (0-12). 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 five of seven games this season.

It's a Rush
NU is 171-5 in the last 27 years when rushing for 300 or more yards in a game (since 1973) and has won 93 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 eighth 1999 with a 254.9 ypg average. NU has had 324, 100-yard rushing performances all time (11 under Coach Solich, most recently Dan Alexander's 136 vs. Texas in 1999), including 38 games in which there were two or more 100-yard rushers (most recently Alexander's 135 and Correll Buckhalter's 127 vs. Iowa State, 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 6-0 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 7-3 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. ISU's Darren Davis (107 in 1999) is the last individual to rush for more than 100 vs. NU.

Defending the Score
The 1999 Huskers held Iowa to seven points, shut out Cal, gave up 13 to Southern Miss, 10 to Missouri and 14 to OSU and ISU and a season-high 24 to Texas for 82 points on the season (11.7 ppg). When Nebraska holds its opponents to 10 or less points, the Huskers have posted 90 straight wins (since losing 10-7 to Iowa in 1981 season opener). In fact, NU is 198-5-1 since 1962 (Devaney's first year) when holding opponents to 10 or less points (8-0 under Solich). Nebraska has recorded 60 shutouts since 1962 (four in season openers, most recently Cal in 1999 (two under Solich). Nebraska ranks first in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in scoring defense allowing 11.7 points per game.

Husker Snippets...
* When Nebraska Trails...The last time Nebraska trailed in a game was against Texas this season. NU led 13-3 at halftime, but lost 24-20. The last time the Huskers trailed in a game and won was Sept. 18, 1999, at home against Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles took the lead twice in the game. NU led 12-7 at halftime and won the game 20-13. The last time NU trailed at halftime but won was in 1998 against Missouri, NU trailed 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.

* 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 12 and is plus three in 1999. In 1999, Nebraska ranks third in the Big 12 and 27th nationally with a +0.43 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 eighth in rush defense (77.6), seventh in pass efficiency defense (89.4), third in total defense (237.1) and fourth in scoring defense (11.7).

* 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.

1999 Team Tidbits...
* Dominic Raiola Leads Team in Pancakes...All-Big 12 candidate, center Dominic Raiola leads the team with 77 pancakes (knock-down blocks) in seven games. He has led or tied for the team lead in pancakes in each of the first three weeks with 10 against Iowa, 17 against Cal and a career-best 18 vs. Southern Mississippi. Right guard Russ Hochstein, and fellow All-Big 12 candidate, is second with 68 and led the team with 11 vs. ISU. James Sherman led the team with a career-best 13 vs. Texas and has 60 this season.

* Plenty of Speed on Defense...Three of Nebraska's top return men are defensive players, including rover Joe Walker (15-99, 6.6 punt returns), linebacker Randy Stella (1-8 punt returns; 7-158, 25.4 kickoff returns) and cornerback Keyuo Craver (8-90, 11.3 punt returns). Nebraska has never had a linebacker assigned to kickoff returns in the Devaney/Osborne/Solich era. Wingback Bobby Newcombe is third in punt returns with 6-73, 12.2 ypr.

* Productive Receivers...Four different tight ends have caught at least one pass this season, including Tracey Wistrom (10-337-2), Aaron Golliday (1-24-0), T.J. DeBates (1-18-0) and Jake McKee (1-6-0). Split end Matt Davison leads the team in receptions with 18 (280 yards) and has two TDs, while wingbacks Sean Applegate (4-87-1) and Bobby Newcombe (6-101-2) 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 26 of his 33 career games and in 22 of the last 23 games. Davison ranks tied for eighth on the NU career receptions chart. Wistrom has had two 100-yard receiving games (2-102-1 vs. Cal, 4-116-1 vs. Oklahoma State, 1999), while Davison had one last year (10-167-0 vs. Texas A&M, 1998).

* Rushing Leaders...IB Dan Alexander leads the team in rushing with 509 yards on 89 carries and four TDs (72.7 ypg, 5.7 ypc). He has spent some time at fullback in the last three games as Willie Miller has been hampered with an ankle sprain. Right behind Alexander is QB Eric Crouch, who has 385 yards on 83 carries and leads the team with nine rushing TDs (55.0 ypg, 4.6 ypc). I-backs Correll Buckhalter (51-360-5) and Dahrran Diedrick (31-160-0) are next in line. Buckhalter has had at least one rushing TD in each of the last four games. Crouch has had at least one in every game except USM (four straight).

* At the Helm...Crouch is now 8-3 as NU's starting QB and has completed 45-77 passes (58.4 percent) for 813 yards and six TDs this season. He has thrown three interceptions, none since one vs. Missouri in the first quarter (15 quarters, 47 attempts). He ranks first in the Big 12 in pass efficiency rating (165.05) and would rank third nationally if he had the prerequisite 15 attempts per game.

* Interior Linemen Producing...Charlie McBride's front men on defense had been alternating nearly every series, showing depth that NU lacked last year. However, with Slechta out with a knee strain, three Huskers alternate at the two positions. Steve Warren (nose tackle) and Loran Kaiser (defensive tackle) are backed by Jason Lohr. Warren is tied for second on the team in tackles for loss with 6-29; while Slechta has 4-14, Kaiser has 3-10, and Lohr has 2-11. Combined, the four have 15 of the team's 56 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 43 and leads the team in tackles for loss with 7-31 and in sacks with 3-25; SLB Brian Shaw has blocked two punts; WLB Julius Jackson leads the team in interceptions with three and has a fumble and an interception return for TDs starting for Johnson; and SLB Tony Ortiz has two sacks and four tackles for loss and is fifth on the team with 25 tackles. Johnson has two sacks and three tackles for loss.

* Kicking Team Solid...The kicking game continues to be solid for NU. Senior punter Dan Hadenfeldt ranks sixth nationally with a 45.9 punting average and has led NU to a team net punting average of 39.0, 6.2 yards better than NU opponents (ranks 17th nationally). Freshman place-kicker Josh Brown is 5-7 on field goals made with a long of 37, and is 30-31 on PATs (made last 19 consecutive). True freshman snapper John Garrison is errorless in seven games. Nebraska has a 6.4-yard advantage on punts.

* 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. 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).

* Husker Starting Experience...In 1999, 16 Huskers on offense and 15 on defense now 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). Fifteen 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 46 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.