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  The Jayhawks had their way with Nebraska early including this first-quarter safety that had KU's Bilal Cook (6), Marcus Rodgers (8) and Jahmal Wright (3) celebrating in the end zone.
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KU postgame notes

The Capital-Journal

Mr. Smith settles in

Kansas quarterback Dylen Smith completed 16 of 30 passes for a career-high 217 yards Saturday night in the Jayhawks' 24-17 loss to Nebraska.

The junior college transfer has thrown 11 touchdown passes this season, moving him into 10th place on the single-season chart. The last KU quarterback to pass for 11 or more touchdowns was Mark Williams, who threw 14 in 1995.

Moreover, Smith threw completions to nine different receivers Saturday. The last time that happened was in 1985, when Mike Norseth did it against Indiana State.

Jordan rules

When freshman Matt Jordan blocked Dan Hadenfeldt's punt for a safety with 5:02 left in the first quarter, it was the Jayhawks' fourth blocked kick this season and their second blocked punt.

It was also the first time since 1996 that KU had scored against Nebraska.

"I knew it was the first time in the Terry Allen era that we had scored against them," Jordan said. "I was like, 'Whoa.' "

Husker implications

The Huskers continued a bunch of impressive streaks with its victory over Kansas.

  • �It was their 31st in a row over KU, dating to the 1969 season, and their 16th straight in Lawrence, dating to 1970.

  • �It was their 103rd victory on the decade. NU became the first Division I team ever to win 100 games in back-to-back seasons with its win over Missouri on Sept. 25.

  • �It assured them of their 38th straight winning season, moving them into a tie for second all time with Alabama, which had 38 straight winning seasons from 1911 to 1950.

  • �It was their 46th conference win in 50 tries since 1993.

    Extra points

  • �Chad Coellner suffered a concussion playing on KU's punt team late in the first half and did not return.

  • �When the Jayhawks went ahead with a first-quarter safety, it was their first lead over Nebraska since 1993. Until it went to the locker room up 9-0, it was KU's first halftime lead since 1991.

  • �Kansas finished the first quarter ahead of Nebraska 2-0. Previously, the Jayhawks had been outscored 60-26 in the first quarter this season, while Nebraska held a 71-10 advantage over its opponents in the first 15 minutes.

  • �Senior wide receiver Michael Chandler was shut out last week, but his19-yard catch from Dylen Smith in the first quarter gave him a reception in 24 of his last 26 games.

  • �Chandler finished with four catches for 106 yards, giving him a total of 951 yards in his four seasons and moving him into 15th place on the KU career receiving chart. His 77-yard touchdown reception tied for the 11th-longest in school history.

  • �KU's only turnover came when Henri Childs attempted the first pass of his career and it was picked off by NU's Mike Brown.

  • �Redshirt freshman tight end David Hurst scored the first touchdown of his career when he caught a 22-yard pass from Smith in the second quarter.

  • �Junior inside linebacker Dariss Lomax did not suit because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered on the third play of last week's 21-0 win over Missouri.

  • �In Lomax's absence, sophomore Marcus Rogers made his first career start.

  • �Saturday night was Nebraska's only game on artificial turf this season. Last summer Nebraska replaced the AstroTurf in its Memorial Stadium with FieldTurf, an artificial surface that looks and feels like grass.

  • �Left offensive guard Dameon Hunt made his team-high 36th straight start Saturday night.

  • �The Huskers' travel roster included only one Kansan, Shawnee Mission Northwest graduate J.P. Wichmann. Lawrence High graduate Jon Penny is an NU walk-on but did not make the trip.

  • �Topekan Brad Horchem, a former Kansas State quarterback, was the side judge Saturday on the Big 12 officiating crew led by Hal Dowden. The back judge was Willie Weisbrook of Lincoln, Neb.

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