Kansas gears up for trip to ´Husker
By Jodi M. Smith
Members of the Kansas football team hope they aren´t putting their heads on the chopping block this weekend.
The Jayhawks travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a 6 p.m. kickoff tomorrow against Nebraska, a team that lost last weekend for the first time in two seasons.
And the Cornhuskers don´t plan to make it two in a row.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Network.
Kansas running back Dustin Curry said, Going in after a loss, they´re probably out for some blood, but we´re just going to go up there with some confidence that we can beat them.
That may seem nearly impossible for the 2-4 Jayhawks, who have allowed victory to be stolen from them four times this season.
Nebraska coach Frank Solich said, As I look at Kansas, they are a fine football team, and they have been in every game right up to the fourth quarter. I think they are a team that can score points on you.
Nebraska is a team that has either won or shared the national championship three out of the last four years.
The game poses two challenges Kansas has struggled with this season conference battles and road games.
The Jayhawks, 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference, have only won one road game since coach Terry Allen became coach last year.
And if the Jayhawks have any lingering hopes of a bowl bid, this game is nearly a must-win.
Allen said Kansas needed to have a good game plan.
That is often hard to do against Nebraska because they are such a well-coached football team, he said. I don´t know about the vulnerability of Nebraska, but I understand the recipe of how to beat them.
Curry said the recipe was consistency.
I don´t think you want to do anything different, he said. I think you kind of want to perfect the things that you have been doing. It´s the little things that are killing us, it´s not our base offense or our base defense. It´s just little things game in and game out that kind of put the opponents over the edge.
Kansas, though, has at least one starter out.
Cornerback Muhammad Abdul-Rahim will not play because of an ankle injury, and linebacker Steve Bratten´s status is questionable.
Wide receiver Harrison Hill said he was ready to play at Nebraska´s Memorial Stadium.
I went to a spring game there my junior year, and that´s like a game, and that place was packed with 75,000 people, wide receiver Harrison Hill said. It´s going to be loud, a lot of people and an awesome environment.
But no matter how many Cornhusker fans show up, the Jayhawks are ready to look past the season´s disappointments.
It´s hard, but this is football, wide receiver Termaine Fulton said. This kind of stuff happens. You´ve just got to deal with it, and if you love it, just deal with it. Keep on working hard and make something good come out of it.