Blackshirts Blank Jayhawks, 35-0
Lawrence, Kan. (Oct. 25, 1997) - For the second straight week, the Nebraska defense dominated the opposition, as the Huskers shut out Kansas 35-0 in Lawrence.
Nebraska opened the scoring on a Joel Makovicka five-yard run in the first quarter. Scott Frost scored from 27 yards and Makovicka added an 18-yard score in the second quarter to push the Husker lead to 21-0, with more than 10 minutes remaining before half.
Meanwhile, the Kansas offense was going nowhere, as the Jayhawks had no first downs and negative 19 yards at halftime. Things didn’t get much better in the second half for KU. The Jayhawks never mounted a serious threat against the Huskers. In fact, Kansas did not snap the ball in Husker territory all night.
Nebraska added two fourth-quarter touchdowns to account for the final 35-0 margin. A look at the final numbers revealed the Huskers' defensive dominance. KU gained just 48 yards on 48 plays in the entire game, the fifth-lowest total ever by a Husker opponent and the fewest since 1964.
The Jayhawks picked up just five first downs. The second consecutive shutout was the first time NU had shut out back-to-back opponents since the 1979 season. Offensively, Ahman Green recorded his sixth straight 100-yard rushing day with 123 yards on 25 carries. The Huskers’ three-headed rushing monster also consisted of Frost and Makovicka, who picked up 121 and 82 yards, respectively.