Huskers Continue Mastery Over Kansas
Lincoln -- Quarterback Eric Crouch rushed for 127 yards and career-high four touchdowns, as No. 5/6 Nebraska rolled over Kansas, 56-17, in front of a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 78,096 Saturday.
Nebraska, which improves to 8-1 on the season and 5-1 in the Big 12, scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions and rushed for 400 yards for the fourth time this season en route to its 32nd consecutive win over the Jayhawks (4-5, 2-3).
Crouch topped the 100-yard mark on the ground for the fourth time this season and became Nebraska's all-time quarterback rushing leader, passing former NU All-American Steve Taylor, who rushed for 2,125 yards from 1985 to 1988. Crouch has now rushed for 2,152 yards in his three-year career. He also completed 3-of-3 passes for 15 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown to Tracey Wistrom in the second quarter.
Crouch's four rushing scores equaled a NU quarterback record held by three others, most recently Scott Frost in 1997, and he led NU on six touchdowns in seven possessions.
The win streak over the Jayhawks extends back to 1968, and is the second-longest winning streak over an opponent in Division I-A history, while the win today also marked NU's 32nd straight homecoming win.
In all, three Huskers topped the 100-yard mark, a feat only accomplished one other time in school history. Starting I-back Dan Alexander rushed for 119 yards, while Correll Buckhalter finished with 100 yards and a 4-yard touchdown run five minutes into the third quarter.
The only other time Nebraska had three players rush for more than 100 yards in a game was in 1988 when Ken Clark, Steve Taylor and Terry Rodgers accomplished the feat against Arizona State.
At halftime, Jason Mashek and Tracy Porter were selected as Homecoming King and Queen, respectively.
Next Saturday, Nov. 11, the Huskers travel to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State, a 56-10 winner over Iowa State earlier today, at 6 p.m. in a game televised nationally by FOX Sports Net. Check your local cable channel for the FOX Sports Net affiliate in your area.
Nebraska vs. Kansas Postgame Notes, Nov. 4, 2000
No. 5/6/4 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Nebraska improved its record to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Big 12 action, defeating Kansas 56-17 in Lincoln. Nebraska jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and led 35-3 at halftime after quarterback Eric Crouch scored four rushing touchdowns in the first half, tying the Nebraska QB record. Both Crouch (127) and I-back Dan Alexander (119) had more than 100 yards rushing in the first half, while Correll Buckhalter (100) reached the 100 mark on Nebraska?s first drive of the third quarter, marking just the second time in Husker history that three NU rushers have totaled more than 100 yards in a game (also Ken Clark, Terry Rodgers and Steve Taylor vs. Arizona State in 1988). Alexander and Buckhalter have each rushed for 100 yards in a game three other times this season, but this is the first time NU has had multiple rushers reach 100 yards when Crouch has also rushed for 100. The Win for the Huskers Was...Nebraska's 32nd straight win over Kansas; Nebraska's 32nd straight Homecoming victory; gave Solich a 29-6 three-year record (to rank tied for fifth in NCAA Division I-A in first three seasons); marked Nebraska's 12th straight home victory.
* Quarterback Eric Crouch...In one half plus one series, Crouch rushed 13 times for 127 yards and four TDs. All four of his rushing TDs were in the first half. He also completed 3-of-3 passes for 15 yards, including a three-yard TD pass to Tracey Wistrom. The junior All-America, Davey O'Brien and Heisman Trophy candidate is 22-4 as a starter. He has rushed for at least 50 yards in a game 22 times in his career and in 13 of his last 14 games. He has nine 100-yard rushing days in his career (four this season), including the last two consecutive games (101 vs. Oklahoma last week and 127 vs. KU). Crouch has scored a rushing touchdown in 18 of the last 21 games. Crouch is one of 34 Division I-A quarterbacks all time who have rushed for 2,000 yards, as he has 2,152 rushing yards and 37 TDs. His 37 rushing TDs is also an NU QB record and ranks fourth among all rushers at Nebraska. Crouch ranks seventh with 2,793 career passing yards. With his 127 rushing yards vs. Kansas, Crouch has 2,152 rushing yards, passing Steve Taylor?s 2,125 career rushing yards from 1986-88, to become the all-time NU rushing quarterback. His four touchdowns in a game tied a school record for quarterbacks (ties Gerry Gdowski vs. ISU in 1989; Mickey Joseph vs. Missouri in 1990 and Scott Frost vs. Missouri in 1997). Both Joseph and Crouch hit the four-TD mark in the first half. Crouch also passed Taylor to rank fourth on the all-time NU career total offense chart. Crouch now has 4,945 total offense yards, passing Taylor?s 4,940. He is 531 yards behind school record-holder Tommie Frazier (5,476). Crouch has rushed for 804 yards and 16 TDs and passed for 923 yards and 10 TDs this season. With the four rushing TDs, Crouch now has 228 career points to rank sixth all time at NU.
* I-back Dan Alexander...Alexander carried 15 times for 119 yards. He reached the 100-yard mark on the same drive as Crouch, when NU went ahead 35-3 with 1:41 remaining in the second quarter. A Doak Walker Award candidate, Alexander leads the Huskers in rushing with 926 yards. He now has six 100-yard rushing game this season. Alexander has 12 career 100-yard rushing games (ranks seventh all time at NU), including 11 in the last 17 games. Alexander moved up from 18th to 13th on the NU career rushing chart with 2,228 yards and 18 TDs. Alexander now has 926 yards this season on 148 carries for a personal season best, bettering the 865 he had as a junior in 1999.
* I-back Correll Buckhalter...rushed 16 times for 100 yards and one touchdown. He reached the 100-yard mark on Nebraska?s first drive of the third quarter with a four-yard touchdown run that gave Nebraska a 42-3 lead. Buckhalter has 2,442 rushing yards in his career (ranks 11th all time) with 27 TDs. On the season, Buckhalter has rushed for 670 yards and seven TDs. Buckhalter has 11 career 100-yard rushing games, including four this season. Every time Buckhalter has reached the 100-yard rushing mark this season, Alexander has also. Buckhalter has had three straight 100-yard days vs. KU (and 18-133-3 in 1998, 22-116-0 in 1999, and 16-100 in 2000).
* Tight End Tracey Wistrom...An All-America, academic All-America and John Mackey award candidate, Wistrom has caught at least two passes in seven of nine games this season. He had one catch vs. Kansas, a three-yard TD from Crouch, which gave the Huskers a 28-3 lead with 11:24 remaining in the second quarter. Wistrom ranks second on the team with 17 receptions for 273 yards and five TDs (all 17 have gone for first downs or TDs).
* Wingback Bobby Newcombe...has caught at least one pass in 17 straight games. He has 17 catches for 219 yards this season and 43 catches for 630 yards in his career. Newcombe moved from fourth to second on the NU career punt return yards chart with two punt returns for 40 yards vs. Kansas to give him 826 career punt return yards (passing No. 3 Larry Wachholtz, 788, 1964-66 and Tyrone Hughes' 817, 1989-92), but is 689 yards behind school record holder Johnny Rodgers' 1,515 (1970-72).
* On Defense...All-America, Bronko Nagurski candidate and Butkus Award semifinalist Mike linebacker Carlos Polk unofficially had six tackles in the game including a career-best three tackles for loss. With his six stops, he tied for the team lead with Keyuo Craver. Polk has led the team in tackles in six of nine games this season and leads the team with 64. Polk became the 23rd Husker to record 200 tackles in his career as he now has 201. Nebraska had three sacks vs. Kansas, a four-yard stop by LB Scott Shanle; 10-yard sack by All-American Candidate Kyle Vanden Bosch; and a four-yard sack by RE J.P. Wichmann. Vanden Bosch leads the team with five sacks this season. Defensive tackle Jeremy Slechta recorded his first career interception, when he picked off Dylen Smith at 4:46 remaining in the third quarter. Slechta is the first Husker defensive lineman to record an interception since Jason Wiltz picked off a pass vs. Washington on Sept. 26, 1998. Turnovers...The Huskers caused two turnovers vs. Kansas, CB DeJuan Groce caused Carl Nesmith to fumble and Erwin Swiney recovered and had a six-yard return. Nebraska scored eight plays later to go up 14-0. Kansas converted a punt into three points in the second quarter, when the punt apparently grazed off the foot of NU?s DeAntae Grixby. After Slechta?s interception, NU scored 10 plays later on QB Jammal Lord?s fourth career rushing TD. Nebraska had two turnovers, both fumbles, KU scored on the errant punt return, but did not score on Jammal Lord?s exchange fumble, as the drive ended in Slechta?s interception.
* Husker Highs and Lows...Nebraska Highs--31 first downs (previous 30 vs TTU); five fumbles (three vs. Iowa and Baylor); 2 fumbles lost (1 vs. Iowa, TTU, OU); Nebraska Lows--8 passes attempted (13 vs SJSU, Iowa); 69 passing yards (91 vs. SJSU); three penalties (4 vs. SJSU, OU), 29 yards penalized (31 vs. SJSU). Firsts and Bests...fullback Judd Davies had a career-long reception of 27 yards and scored his first career touchdown on a three yard run to give Nebraska a 56-10 lead with 9:14 remaining in the game. Junior split end Wilson Thomas caught his first career pass, an eight-yard catch from Jammal Lord. I-back Thunder Collins had a career-best 48 yards on six carries. The ABC/Chevrolet Nebraska Player of the game was Dominic Raiola who on Saturday was named one of four finalists for the Lombardi Award. Place-kicker Josh Brown...has made 91 consecutive PATs in his career, 52 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). In the game vs. Kansas, 98 Nebraska players saw action, but not NU punter Dan Hadenfeldt.