Compiled by Toby Burger
November 06, 2000
Nebraska's 56-17 victory over Kansas was NU's 32nd-consecutive defeat of the Jayhawks. The win also marked the Huskers' 32nd-consecutive homecoming victory.
Eric Crouch, Dan Alexander and Correll Buckhalter each reached the century mark in rushing against Kansas. It was only the second time three Huskers rushed for over 100 yards each in the same game. The previous time occurred against Arizona State in 1988, when Ken Clark, Steve Taylor and Terry Rodgers accomplished the feat.
Nebraska rushed for 493 yards on Saturday, its second highest total this season behind the 505 yards it racked up on the ground against San Jose State.
Kansas had allowed only 180 yards rushing in it previous three game before allowing 493 to the Huskers. The 493 yards marked the most rushing yards allowed in Kansas team history.
Eric Crouch scored a personal-best four rushing touchdowns and also became Nebraska's number one rushing quarterback with 2,152 yards, surpassing Steve Taylor's mark of 2,025.
When asked about feeling guilty for scoring four touchdowns while the running backs provided much of the yards leading to those scores, Crouch said: "I never feel guilty when I get a touchdown. ... I don't control the play calling. I just hear a call and go in there and run the play and try and get in the end zone."
For the ninth time in team history, Nebraska did not punt in the game. The 1997 Akron Zips were the last team to see no Husker punts sail their way.
The Huskers fumbled a season-high five times, but only turned over the ball two of those times.
Saturday's game marked some firsts for a handful of Huskers: Mark Vedral's first career start, Wilson Thomas' first reception, Judd Davies' first touchdown and Jeremy Slechta's first interception.
Cornerback Keyuo Craver jokingly responded to a question about possibly moving Slechta to the secondary after the defensive lineman's first interception.
"Maybe if he losses about 20 pounds, he could be there," Craver said.
Starting linebacker Randy Stella was held out of Saturday's game for an undisclosed team violation. Vedral earned his first start in Stella's absence.
Before the game, center Dominic Raiola was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award, which is awarded annually to the nation's top college offensive or defensive lineman.
With Virginia Tech's 41-21 loss to the Miami Hurricanes, the Huskers moved up one spot in each of the polls. NU is now No. 4 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 5 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.