Lincoln - Top-ranked Nebraska tuned up for its showdown with rival Oklahoma next week by setting a school record with 38 first-quarter points in a 59-0 victory over Baylor Saturday.
The Huskers (7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12) scored on every possession in the first half en route to a 52-0 halftime lead, as I-back Dan Alexander rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries, all in the first half.
Nebraska rushed for 459 yards on the day, including 308 yards in the first half, averaging more than 10 yards per carry in the half.
The Huskers jumped out early, as cornerback Keyuo Craver blocked an Adam Stiles punt and recovering it in the end zone for a score, giving NU a 7-0 lead just 1:57 into the contest. On the Huskers' first offensive series, Alexander capped a two-play, 45-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown run.
On Baylor's next possession, Kyle Vanden Bosch forced a fumble by Baylor quarterback Kerry Dixon, which Jeremy Slechta recovered at the Bear 15-yard line, setting up Alexander's second TD of the day, a 2-yard run to give NU a 21-point advantage 5:37 into the game.
After a Josh Brown field goal, quarterback Eric Crouch continued the Husker outburst with a 14-yard scoring run with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter before Correll Buckhalter raced 36 yards for the fifth Husker TD of the quarter. Buckhalter rushed for 76 yards on six first-half carries.
Crouch ran for 46 yards and a score, while also throwing for 23 yards in less than two quarters of action. The junior from Omaha played in five series, leading the Huskers to four touchdowns and a field goal, scoring from 14 yards to give NU a 31-0 advantage before he exited the game.
With today's victory, the Huskers clinched their 39th consecutive winning season, the longest current streak in the NCAA. The Huskers streak is second only to Alabama, which had 42 consecutive winning seasons from 1889 to 1932.
The Huskers travel to Norman, Okla., for a showdown with the No. 3(AP)/4(Coaches) Sooners next Saturday, as the game will be televised nationally by ABC at 11 a.m. (CDT).
Nebraska Postgame Notes Vs. Baylor, Oct. 21, 2000
No. 1/1 Nebraska defeated Baylor in Lincoln, 59-0, before Nebraska?s 237th consecutive sellout crowd. Nebraska set a school record scored 38 unanswered points in the first quarter. The 38 points bettered the school record of 35 first-quarter points scored against Oklahoma State in 1988, Arizona State in 1995 and Iowa State in 1997. The 38 points were also the most in any quarter this season, bettering the 28 scored in the fourth quarter vs. Iowa State. Nebraska led 52-0 at halftime and scored on its first possession of the third quarter (each of the first eight possessions). Few offensive starters on offense saw significant second-half action. NU totaled a season-high 459 rushing yards, led by I-back Dan Alexander?s fifth 100-yard rushing game this season (104 yards). Meanwhile, the Husker Blackshirts held Baylor to a season-low five rushing yards on 27 carries and 84 yards of total offense, the lowest in the Coach Frank Solich era (previous low 118 by Texas A&M in 1999) and lowest since holding Kansas to 48 yards in 1997. Nebraska recorded its first shutout of the season and first since a 37-0 shutout of Texas A&M last season. Baylor has not scored against Nebraska in 15 straight quarters and has not scored this season in 13 quarters. The shutout was Nebraska?s 100th all-time, 62 since 1962 and fourth under Coach Solich. With the win, the Huskers posted their 39th consecutive winning season, a mark that leads the nation and ranks second all time behind Alabama?s 42 from 1889-1932.
* The Win for the Huskers was...Nebraska's 13th straight win overall (nation's longest current winning streak); the 11th straight win at home for Nebraska; NU?s fifth straight win over Baylor; Nebraska's eighth straight Big 12 Conference regular-season win; gave Solich a 28-5 three-year record (to rank tied for sixth in NCAA Division I-A in first three seasons).
* It?s a Rush...Nebraska had 308 rushing yards at halftime and 459 in the game, marking the 91st consecutive win for the Huskers when rushing for more than 400 yards. NU totaled more than 400 for the third time this season. Fifteen different Huskers carried the ball and, five different Huskers scored via the rush and eight carried for 20 or more yards as NU averaged 6.9 yards per carry. After Alexander?s 104 and Buckhalter?s 76, No. 3 I-back Dahrran Diedrick had nine carries for 69 yards and scored NU?s last touchdown on a season-best 23-yard run and fullback Judd Davies had two carries for 61 yards including a career-long 57-yard run. Nebraska is 181-5 in the last 28 years when rushing for 300-plus yards. Nebraska played 115 players in the game. Nebraska leads the nation averaging 379.7 yards per game rushing.
* I-back Dan Alexander rushed for more than 100 yards vs Baylor. Alexander got his 100 yards on his 14th carry with four minutes remaining in the second quarter and was done for the day finishing with 14 carries for 140 yards and two TDs, a 15-yard run to give NU a 14-0 lead in the first and a two-yard run at the 0:23 mark in the first. Alexander?s first carry of the game went for 30 yards and put him over the 2,000 career mark. His second was a 15 yard TD as Alexander accounted for all of NU?s 45 yards on a two-play drive that began at the Baylor 45 on NU?s first official drive of the game. Alexander now has 124 carries for 780 yards and six TDs this season, and 344 carries for 2,082 yards and 18 TDs in his career to rank 18th all time at NU. The 100-yard game for Alexander was his fifth of the season in seven games and the 11th of his career (eighth best all time).
When Alexander hit the 2,000 career rushing mark, he became the 19th Husker all time to rush for 2,000. He follows teammate I-back Correll Buckhalter who ranks 11th all time at Nebraska with 2,327 career rushing yards. With 46 rushing yards today, quarterback Eric Crouch is just 76 away from becoming the third rusher this season to total 2,000 in his career. Only one other quarterback-Steve Taylor, has rushed for 2,000 (2,125 yards from 1985 to 1988). As Buckhalter and Alexander both hit 2,000 in the same season, it marks the fourth time in Husker history that Nebraska has had two players hit the mark in the same season. Buckhalter and Alexander reached 2,000 while both playing the same season, joining ?We-backs? Calvin Jones and Derek Brown, who reached the 2,000-yard mark in 1992; Mike Rozier and Roger Craig (1982); and I.M. Hipp and Rick Berns (1978).
* Correll Buckhalter..had six carries for 76 yards, and also scored two touchdowns. Buckhalter scored on a 36-yard run to give the Huskers a 38-0 lead on a 4th and 13th play with 0:40 remaining in the first quarter. His second touchdown was a seven-yard run on Nebraska?s 87-yard drive on NU?s second drive of the second quarter. On that drive, all of NU?s 87 yards were on the ground. Buckhalter now has 73 carries for 555 yards and six TDs this season and 374 carries for 2,327 yards and 26 TDs in his career to rank 11th all time.
* Quarterback Eric Crouch...The junior All-America, Davey O'Brien and Heisman Trophy candidate improves to 21-3 as a starter. He led the Huskers to scores (four TDs, one field goal) on each of Nebraska?s first five drives in the first quarter, then gave way to backup quarterback Jammal Lord. Crouch had five carries for 46 yards and scored on a 14-yard run with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter to give NU a 31-0 lead. Crouch?s streak of rushing for at least 50 yards in ends at 11, but he has scored a rushing touchdown in 16 of the last 19 games. He has 96 carries for 576 yards and 11 TDs on the season and 372 carries for 1924 yards and 32 TDs in his career. Of Crouch's 47 completions this season, 42 have gone for either first downs (33) or touchdowns (nine). Crouch is 76 yards away from becoming one of 33 Division I-A quarterbacks all time who have rushed for 2,000 yards and 31 yards behind No. 2 Tommie Frazier (1,955 from 1992 to 1995) on the NU all time rushing list for quarterbacks.
* I-back Dan Alexander...A Doak Walker Award candidate, Alexander leads the Huskers in rushing with 676 yards and has four TDs. He will be going for his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season. Alexander has 10 career 100-yard rushing games (ranks tied for eighth all time at NU), including nine in the last 14 games. Alexander ranks 20th on the NU career rushing chart with 1,978 yards and 16 TDs, just 22 yards short of becoming the 19th Husker to rush for more than 2,000 yards in his career.
* I-back Correll Buckhalter...reached the 2,000 career rushing yard mark in game three vs. Iowa and has 2,2516 in his career (ranks 11th all time) with 24 TDs. On the season, Buckhalter has rushed for 479 yards and four TDs. Like Alexander, Buckhalter has 10 career 100-yard rushing games (tied for eighth all time at NU), including three this season.
* Wingback Bobby Newcombe...has caught at least one pass in 15 straight games and had 1-10 vs. Baylor. He also had three punt returns for 80 yards, giving him 784 in his career to move up from sixth to fourth, passing Irving Fryar?s 708 (from 1981-83) and Dana Brinson?s 767 (from 1985-88). He has 37 catches for 587 yards in his career.
* Place-kicker Josh Brown...has made 81 consecutive PATs in his career, 42 straight this season and has not missed a PAT since his first attempt against Southern Mississippi on Sept. 18, 1999 (game three of the season). Brown is 3-6 on field goal attempts this season, 17-26 in his career, making 12 of his last 16 field goal attempts. He made eight PATs vs. Baylor and hit on a 33-yard field goal with just under six minutes remaining in the first quarter which gave Nebraska a 24-0 lead.
Other: Split end Matt Davison caught one pass for 25 yards and has caught at least one pass in 33 of 36 games. Dan Hadenfeldt had three punts and averaged a season-best 48 yards per punt with a season long of 60 yards. Reserve quarterback Jammal Lord has scored a rushing touchdown in each of his last three games. He scored on a two-yard run vs. Baylor to give NU a 45-0 lead with 6:55 remaining in the second quarter. Nebraska?s starting field position was its own 43, while Baylor?s average starting field position was its own 22. NU?s first five drives began on Baylor?s side of the field on the 45, 15, 35, 32, and 48. Place-kicker Chace Long had a season-high eight (of 10) kickoffs go for touchbacks.
* On Defense...The Nebraska defense scored the first points of the game for the Huskers when cornerback Keyuo Craver blocked Adam Stiles first punt of the game. Craver was credited with a 19-yard punt return and recovered the ball in the end zone, marking his first career points. It was Craver?s third career blocked kick (all punts), but first this season. Senior All-America candidate rush end Kyle Vanden Bosch increased his team-leading tackles for loss to 9-43 with three for 11 vs. Baylor. He had a five-yard sack of Kerry Dixon on Baylor?s third drive and caused a fumble which defensive tackle Jeremy Slechta recovered. The Husker Blackshirts blocked Baylor?s punt on its first drive, forced the Bears to three and out on the second drive, forced a fumble which NU recovered on the third drive. Nebraska converted that turnover to a touchdown as NU?s Alexander scored four plays later on a two-yard run. The blocked punt for a touchdown marked the fourth time this season the defense has scored. The ensuing touchdown after Baylor?s turnover marked just the second time this season NU scored a touchdown after a turnover. Nebraska had season-best 10 tackles for 57 yards lost (previous best was 9-44 vs. Iowa), including three by Kyle Vanden Bosch. NU had three sacks in the game, including 1-5 by Vanden Bosch, 1-3 by Keyuo Craver and 1-2 by Brandon Mooberry. Nebraska held Baylor to three and outs nine times in the game, including five of the first six. The Huskers held Baylor to five yards rushing, the least this season and least since Texas A&M rushed for two yards in 1999. In the last three games, NU has held its opponents to a total of 61 yards rushing, an average of 20.3 yards per game. After holding Baylor to just five yards, the opponent?s average per game dropped under 100 yards per game for the first time this year (99.1 ypg).
* Nebraska Season High?s and Lows: NU High: points 59 (previous 56 vs. TTU); tackles for loss 10 (9 vs. Iowa); turnover margin +2; ties season high; penalties 12 (9 vs. TTU); penalty yards 109 (68 at TTU); Opponent Lows: first downs 7 (11 by Notre Dame and Texas Tech); points 0 ( 3 by TTU); rushing yards 5 (19 vs. TTU); total yards 84 (200 vs. TTU); penalties 2 (7 by Notre Dame and Iowa); penalty yards 20 (57 Iowa). Nebraska had more penalties and more penalty yards than its opponent for the first tie since Missouri last year.
* The Long and Short of Drives...Nebraska?s first five drives were all six plays or less and seven of its eight drives were seven plays or less with four five plays or less and just one more than 10 (12). Nebraska had its shortest drive of the season in terms of plays (two) and time (0:15) on its first offensive drive of the game (2-45-0:15, Alexander 15-yard run).