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´Husker backs run wild against Kansas defense

By Kevin C. Wilson
Associate sports editor

Lincoln, Neb. — The high-powered Nebraska rushing attack gained a season-high 466 yards and scored five touchdowns in the Cornhuskers 41-0 steamrolling of the Jayhawks on Saturday.

Led by Correll Buckhalter´s 133 rushing yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Nebraska amassed a season-high 545 total yards against Kansas´ porous defense.

Kansas coach Terry Allen said that the Cornhuskers were able to easily run the ball against Kansas.

“They had 500-some yards, and I would venture to say they had 350 to 400 yards between the tackles,” Allen said. “The thing that killed us was we played really good perimeter defense, but they hurt us up the middle.”

That´s exactly what Nebraska had in mind.

After gaining 73 yards rushing yards two weeks ago and 141 last week, the Huskers rededicated themselves to power football.

“We knew we were going to have to win the game between the tackles,” Cornhusker center Josh Heskew said. “We went back to basic Nebraska football.”

The Huskers practiced all week on improving their sputtering rushing attack.

Buckhalter said that the team knew all week that it was going to play power football against Kansas

“Running straight at people is my type of football, and I was very effective today,” Buckhalter said.

Buckhalter, starting in-place of the injured DeAngelo Evans, rumbled for a 32-yard touchdown on the Huskers first drive and added scoring runs of six yards and three yards in three quarters of play.

Buckhalter said that his lack of playing time has not been frustrating and that he has kept a positive attitude.

“My teammates know I can go out there and get the job done,” he said. “I´m happy everything worked out well today.”

So was Nebraska quarterback Bobby Newcombe.

“He played excellent,” Newcombe said. “Buck played hard and went after every yard he could.”

However, Buckhalter was not the only Cornhusker to penetrate the Jayhawks defense. Third-string I-back Dan Alexander ran for a career-high 90 yards and two other Nebraska players gained more than 60 yards rushing.

Nebraska head coach Frank Solich said that he was impressed with the production of his backfield.

“I thought each of our backs ran very, very hard,” Solich said. “I thought Correll made very quick decisions and was a very slashing type runner that didn´t waste any time. In our style of offense, we need that type of runner. When they had opportunities, all of our backs did well.”

And when that happens Nebraska usually wins. The ´Huskers have won 88 consecutive games in which they have rushed for 300 or more yards.

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