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Week 10- Kansas was payback for the Huskers after their loss to Oklahoma.
11- 4 - 2000
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1104jlnu6.jpg (28772 bytes)Eric Crouch gets ready to pitch.


Coming off their first loss of the season, the Cornhuskers (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) beat Kansas 56-17 on Saturday to move one win closer to clinching the Big 12 North title for the second straight year.

"It's a huge win for us to get back on track and re-establish ourselves," Crouch said.

Crouch led the way with four rushing touchdowns, tying a school record for quarterbacks, and became the top rushing QB in Nebraska history with his 127 yards. Crouch has 2,152 career rushing yards. Steve Taylor held the previous mark of 2,125.

"He deserved that record," coach Frank Solich said. "He's done so much in such a short time."

Crouch said he didn't realize he passed Taylor until someone told him after the game.

"When I heard that my eyes just kind of lit up," Crouch said. "It means a lot to me. Not in a million years would I have thought I would accomplish that."

Crouch scored three touchdowns for the third time this season and became the first Nebraska quarterback to run for four since Scott Frost did it against Missouri in 1997.

The junior from Omaha also helped tie a team record with three backs topping 100 yards. Dan Alexander ran for 119 yard on 15 carries, and Correll Buckhalter carried 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown. It was only the second time three Huskers rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.

The Cornhuskers (8-1, 5-1) rushed for 493 yards in the game.

"That was the approach we took all week -- to be a physical team and a dominating team," Buckhalter said. "We're going to run right at you. You're going to have to put all 11 guys in the box to stop us."

Kansas (4-5, 2-3) had 266 yards of offense, the Jayhawks' lowest total since gaining 231 in a 52-13 loss to Kansas State in the fifth game of the season.

"We caught a very good team at a very bad time," Kansas coach Terry Allen said. "They dominated us. I don't know if it was vengeance from last week, but they stepped it up a notch."

Dylen Smith completed 14 of 29 passes for 129 and ran for a touchdown, and Reggie Duncan added a late rushing TD for Kansas, which has lost 32 straight to Nebraska.

Nebraska didn't seem at all bothered by last week's 31-14 loss to Oklahoma. The Huskers scored on their first six possessions and held Kansas to 99 total yards in the first half -- just 1 yard coming on the ground.

The Huskers didn't punt in the game.

With Virginia Tech's loss to Miami, the Huskers are likely to move up in the polls and possibly the Bowl Championship Series standings, which decide who will play for the national title. Solich said the Cornhuskers know they need to win and win big to get back into contention.

"Statements need to be made. I don't think there's any question about it," he said.

Nebraska visits No. 19 Kansas State next week, with the winner clinching the Big 12 North. If the Huskers win and beat Colorado in the regular-season finale, a rematch for Oklahoma could very well be for one of the top two BCS berths.

"We knew we had it in us. we just didn't establish it for four quarters last week," center Dominic Raiola said.

The Jayhawks didn't shut down a Nebraska drive until midway through the third quarter when Jammal Lord, backing up Crouch with the game well in hand, fumbled at the Nebraska 46.

Crouch's 1-yard run with 1:41 left in the second quarter tied the record and gave him 16 rushing touchdowns for the season, matching his team-best total from last year.

Crouch also had 1-yard TD dives on the Huskers' first two possessions as Nebraska ran the ball 14 of its first 15 plays for 123 yards.

Crouch added a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:42 left in the first quarter to cap a three-play, 38-yard drive that was set up by Bobby Newcombe's 16-yard punt return.

After a Kansas field goal cut the lead to 21-3, Crouch threw a 3-yard pass that was tipped right into Tracey Wistrom's hands for the tight end's fifth touchdown of the season. Crouch opened the 80-yard drive with a 47-yard run.

Lord and Judd Davies also had short touchdown runs for the Huskers.

Nebraska gave Kansas its first scoring opportunity on a botched punt return at the end of the first quarter. The Huskers didn't clear away when the punt started bouncing and it hit backup running back DeAnte Grixby's foot. Kansas recovered it and got a 45-yard field goal from Joe Garcia five plays later to cut the lead to 21-3.

The Jayhawks didn't score again until Smith's 5-yard TD run with 6 seconds left in the third quarter.

"We had a good game plan coming in and they did not do anything we did not expect," Smith said. "They just did it the way you are supposed to do it."

Crouch shares the quarterback TD record with Frost, Jerry Gdowski and Mickey Joseph.

The only other three Huskers to rush for 100 yards the same game were Taylor, Ken Clark and Terry Rodgers in 1988 against Arizona State.


Quarter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th TOTAL
Kansas 0 3 0 14 17
Nebraska 21 14 14 7 56


Nebraska- Crouch 1 run (Brown kick)
Nebraska- Crouch 1 run (Brown kick)
Nebraska- Crouch 3 run (Brown kick)
Kansas- FG J Garcia 45
Nebraska- Wistrom 3 pass from Crouch (Brown kick)
Nebraska- Crouch 1 run (Brown kick)
Nebraska- Buckhalter 4 run (Brown kick)
Nebraska- Lord 5 run (Brown kick)
Kansas- D Smith 6 run (J Garcia kick)
Nebraska- Ju Davies 3 run (Brown kick)
Kansas- Duncan 2 run (J Garcia kick)


  Kansas Nebraska (6)
First downs 17 31
Rushed-yards 29-97 73-493
Passing yards 169 69
Sacked-yards lost 3-18 0-0
Passes 16-31-1 7-8-0
Punts 6-37.5 0-0.0
Fumbles-lost 1-1 5-2
Penalties-yards 5-49 3-29
Time of possession 26:06 33:54

Kansas-Duncan 11-96, Dyer 1-7, D Coke 1-0, D Smith 10-minus 1, Winbush 6-minus 5. Nebraska-Crouch 13-127, Alexander 15-119, Buckhalter 16-100, T Collins 6-48, Diedrick 8-33, Lord 6-27, Ju Davies 4-24, W Miller 2-10, R Miller 1-5, Albertson 1-3, Team 1-minus 3.
Kansas-D Smith 14-29-1-129, Dyer 2-2-0-40. Nebraska-Lord 4-5-0-54, Crouch 3-3-0-15.
Kansas-H Hill 6-63, Thompson 3-70, R Ross 2-18, Winbush 2-4, A Jones 1-10, Fulton 1-2, Duncan 1-2. Nebraska-Ju Davies 1-27, Newcombe 1-17, Diedrick 1-12, W Thomas 1-8, Gibson 1-7, Wistrom 1-3, Buckhalter 1-minus 5.
Att: 78,096

Full Game Statistics

Articles  about the game. - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6, 7, 8, 9

Game Photo's


Week 11- Severe lack of offense again brings defeat for Nebraska.

4    Nebraska             28
16 Kansas State       29

alexanderrun.jpg (28779 bytes)Dan Alexander drags Kansas State defenders.

 Manhattan Kansas,The Husker's came out of the blocks strong again,taking a blocked punt in for an early first quarter lead,but couldn't maintain their composure for 4 quarters.A fired up Husker defense looked like they could take anything Kansas State could give them,then they bent over and took it all giving up way to many huge pass plays,usually at the worst time possible.But let's not rip exclusively on the defense.It would be a huge understatement to say the offense was equally non-effective.It was hard to tell they had even arrived at the stadium for the first three quarters,but at least the punt team got some needed game practice in.Nebraska did have some luck on their side though.Lucky Kansas State had so many big penalties or the score would have been worse.There will be no Orange Bowl this year and righfully so,this Husker team is not a top 10 team ,let alone a top 2 team.Prepare for an embarrasing loss in the Fiesta Bowl come New Years Day 2001.

 Quincy Morgan caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns and Kansas State survived a late charge to earn a 29-28 victory over Nebraska on a frightful Saturday night, ending the national title hopes of the Huskers (8-2, 5-2 Big 12).

Morgan's 12-yard touchdown catch from Jonathan Beasley put the Wildcats ahead by one point with 2:52 to play and put a record KSU Stadium crowd on the edge of its seats waiting to flood the snow-covered field.

With 50 seconds left, Eric Crouch's pass bounced off the hands of Matt Davison on fourth-and-5 and Kansas State went to 2-18 against Top 10 teams in the Bill Snyder era. Snyder, the architect of the amazing turnaround of the once-woeful Kansas State program, went to 2-11 against Nebraska.

The victory puts K St. (9-2, 5-2) one win away from the Big 12 North title and a possible rematch in the Big 12 title game with No. 1 Oklahoma, which is one win away from the South title.

After Eric Crouch's 1-yard touchdown run with 31 seconds left in the first quarter, a Nebraska offense which had been averaging more than 487 yards per game had four punts, one interception, one fumble and one missed field goal in its next seven possessions.

In the meantime, Kansas State turned a 14-7 deficit into a 23-14 lead. The Huskers — who had only 105 total yards in the first three quarters — did not get a first down until Correll Buckhalter plowed ahead for 5 yards on fourth-and-1 with 16 seconds to play in the third.

But that play kept a drive alive that Dan Alexander capped with a 19-yard touchdown run that made it 23-20 with 14:02 to play.

Then on the Huskers' next possession, Alexander carried five straight plays for 74 yards, busting through a hole on the right side and going 45 yards for a touchdown that gave Nebraska a 28-23 lead with 9:53 to play even though the Huskers had been outplayed almost all night.

The wind chill at kickoff was 17 degrees and a cold mixture of sleet and rain began falling midway through the first quarter, pelting the record crowd of 53,811.

Morgan made three great plays in the first half as the Wildcats took a 17-14 lead. His lunging 41-yard catch set up Josh Scobey's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. His leaping fingertip reception of Beasley's daring pass on third and 24 from the 2 moved the Wildcats to their own 37, leading to Jamie Rheem's 38-yard field goal.

Then on first down from the 49 with 1:17 to play in the half, Morgan took a short slant pass over the middle, juked two tacklers and outran two more and brought the shivering crowd to its feet as he sped into the end zone to give the Wildcats a 17-14 lead.

In the first half, Morgan had five catches for 147 yards.

A 40-yard Morgan catch set up Rheem's 27-yarder early in the third period, then Jason Kazar recovered Alexander's fumble and with 9:11 left in the third, Rheem hit a 29-yarder for a 23-14 lead.

Nebraska took a 7-0 lead just 2:05 into the game when Aaron Terpening blocked a Wildcat punt and Keyuo Craver snatched the ball out of the air and returned it 12 yards for a score.

Nebraska's only sustained offensive effort of the first half was a 12-play, 56-yard march capped by Crouch's 1-yard run. The Huskers had been stopped, but a 15-yard roughing-the-kicker penalty on the punt gave Nebraska the ball on the Kansas State 36 and Crouch hit Davison to the 1, making it 14-7.

The Huskers wound up with 239 total yards, 200 rushing.

Box score and game statistics...

                  1  2  3  4   F
                  -  -  -  -  --
Nebraska         14  0  0 14  28
Kansas St         7 10  6  6  29

Neb - Craver 12 blocked punt return
  (Brown kick)
KSU - Scobey 1 run (Rheem kick)
Neb - Crouch 1 run (Brown kick)
KSU - FG Rheem 38
KSU - Q Morgan 49 pass from Beasley
  (Rheem kick)
KSU - FG Rheem 27
KSU - FG Rheem 29
Neb - Alexander 19 run (Brown kick)
Neb - Alexander 45 run (Brown kick)
KSU - Q Morgan 12 pass from Beasley
  (two-point conversion failed)

                  Nebraska   Kansas St
First downs             11          17
Rushed-yards        45-200      43-143
Passing yards           39         234
Sacked-yards lost      0-0        3-18
Return yards            52          23
Passes              2-13-1     12-36-1
Punts               7-38.3      7-28.7
Fumbles-lost           3-1         2-1
Penalties-yards      11-94      13-103
Time of possession   26:31       33:29

RUSHING: Neb - Alexander 18-130, Crouch
17-42, W Miller 4-16, Buckhalter 6-12.
KSU - Scobey 26-62, R Cartwright 2-32,
Beasley 8-26, Ronsick 1-16, Lockett 1-5,
Allen 3-4, Team 2-minus 2.

PASSING: Neb - Crouch 2-13-1-39.
KSU - Beasley 12-36-1-234.

RECEIVING: Neb - M Davison 1-23, Wistrom
1-16. KSU - Q Morgan 7-199, Lockett 2-17,
Scobey 2-9, Meier 1-9.

 Articles about the game - 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

 Game Pictures- 1

With his 130 yards rushing against Kansas State, Nebraska I-back Dan Alexander became the first Cornhusker I-back to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season since Ahman Green in 1997.

Alexander, a senior from, Wentzville, Mo., now has 1,056 yards on 166 carries this season.

Alexander became the 23rd Husker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, the first since Green (1,877) and quarterback Scott Frost (1,095) each rushed for more than 1,000 in 1997. Nebraska, which entered the game leading the nation in rushing offense at 371.8 yards per game, had 200 yards rushing against Kansas State. The Wildcats were the country's seventh-best team against the run, allowing 83.8 yards per contest.


Nebraska drops to 8-2 on the season.

Next game vs Colorado



Week 12- The 3-8 Buffalo's convinced me,Nebraska is very average this season.The pipeline is a bust in 2000.

8   Nebraska       34
   Colorado       32

 brownshoulders.jpg (28709 bytes)Josh Brown kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the game as eighth-ranked Nebraska kept alive its chances of a bid to a Bowl Championship Series game with a 34-32 victory over its Big 12 Conference rival.

The Buffaloes moved in front with 47 seconds left when Craig Ochs threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to John Minardi and boldly converted on a two-point conversion pass to Javon Green.

But a short squib kick gave the Cornhuskers possession near midfield, and Eric Crouch converted on a 17-yard pass to Bobby Newcombe to the Colorado 8 with five seconds left, setting the stage for Brown.

Nebraska (9-2, 6-2 Big 12 North) avoided back-to-back losses for the first time since 1990 and narrowly escaped just its fourth home loss in 13 years behind Crouch, who rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cornhuskers have defeated Colorado nine straight games, but the last five contests have been decided by a total of 15 points, including an overtime contest last season. Each of the last five meetings have taken place on Thanksgiving Weekend.

The Buffaloes (3-8, 3-5) wasted a brilliant effort from Corlten Johnson, who carried 26 times for 155 yards and three touchdowns.

With its hopes of a postseason berth dashed weeks ago, the Buffaloes viewed Friday's game as their bowl game. But Colorado instead settled for a painful defeat and its first eight-loss season since 1981.

The Huskers finish the 2000 regular season 9-2 with losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma marking a rare year that Nebraska is not involved in the conference championship.

2001 Needs: An I-Back , An improved offensive line , 3 linebackers,2 safeties,2 cornerbacks,a defensive end,2 defensive tackles.
These improvements should put Nebraska back in the national championship hunt again.Also an increse in overall team speed needs to be assesed.Oh yea and a new defensive coordinator would be nice,might as well throw in an offensive one as wel.



Box Score and Statistics:

Att: 77,672

Matchup 1 2 3 4 Totals
Colorado 0 10 7 15 32
Nebraska (8) 14 0 7 13 34


Scoring Summary
Nebraska-Polk 39 interception return (Brown kick)
Nebraska-Crouch 27 run (Brown kick)
Colorado-FG Mariscal 32
Colorado-C Johnson 39 run (Mariscal kick)
Colorado-C Johnson 2 run (Mariscal kick)
Nebraska-Crouch 2 run (Brown kick)
Colorado-C Johnson 1 run (Mariscal kick)
Nebraska-FG Brown 24
Nebraska-Crouch 26 run (Brown kick)
Colorado-Minardi 15 pass from Ochs (J Green reception for
two-point conversion)
Nebraska-FG Brown 29


Game Stats
Game Summary
Category Colorado Nebraska (8)
First Downs 28 23
Rushing yards 43-197 48-296
Passing yards 254 139
Sacked yards 1-6 0-0
Return yards 54 33
Passes 25-41-2 11-17-0
Punts 2-34.0 3-31.0
Fumbles lost 0-0 4-3
Penalty yards 3-25 5-51
Time of posession 34:20 25:40


Colorado Nebraska (8)
Player Att. Comp. Int. Yds. Avg. Player Att. Comp. Int. Yds. Avg.
Ochs 41 25 2 254 10.2 Crouch 17 11 0 139 12.6
Totals 41 25 2 254 10.2 Totals 17 11 0 139 12.6


Colorado Nebraska (8)
Player Att. Yds. Avg. Player Att. Yds. Avg.
C. Johnson 26 155 6.0 Crouch 20 125 6.2
Purify 9 28 3.1 Alexander 16 98 6.1
Ochs 7 14 2.0 Buckhalter 6 68 11.3
Drumm 1 0 0.0 W. Miller 4 6 1.5
        Ju. Davies 1 0 0.0
        Team 1 -1 -1.0
Totals 43 197 2.8 Totals 48 296 4.0


Colorado Nebraska (8)
Player Rec. Yds. Avg. Player Rec. Yds. Avg.
Minardi 6 85 14.2 M. Davison 3 34 11.3
J. Green 5 57 11.4 Gibson 3 20 6.7
E. Mccready 4 42 10.5 Newcombe 2 30 15.0
D. Graham 4 29 7.2 Wistrom 1 25 25.0
C. Johnson 3 27 9.0 Buckhalter 1 22 22.0
Cormier 1 6 6.0 Bowling 1 8 8.0
Hollowell 1 5 5.0        
Nemeth 1 3 3.0        
Totals 25 254 8.3 Totals 11 139 14.7