Week 3 - It hasn't been pretty but the Big Red is 3-0 after outlasting
Iowa.Just win baby may have a whole new meaning in Lincoln.
September 23, 2000
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch made nearly every pass count
against Iowa, and No. 1 Nebraska came away with another victory.Nebraska went to the pass
attack and it was effective Saturday.
Nebraska's Keyuo Craver broke up
a pass in the first half Saturday as the top-ranked Cornhuskers defeated Iowa.
only threw the ball 13 times Saturday, but the results couldn't have been much better --
10 completions, five touchdowns and a 42-13 win over the Hawkeyes.
"You like our new offensive approach?" Crouch joked after matching the school
record for TD passes in a game.
Nebraska (3-0) will never be confused with a passing team and even though most of its
points came through the air, the Cornhuskers ran for 331 yards against the Hawkeyes (0-4).
Dan Alexander rushed for 113 yards, Correll Buckhalter had 100 and Crouch finished with 93
yards on the ground.
But all the Huskers' points came off passes. Crouch, who was 11-for-25 for just one
touchdown coming into Saturday, threw three TD passes to Tracey Wistrom and two to Matt
Davison. He finished with 159 passing yards.
great to know our passing game is there when we need it," Crouch said. "We've
still only thrown what, 38 passes so far? That's not a lot. It's not like it was an air
show or the West Coast offense or anything like that. We run the ball, that's what we
Crouch threw for 159 yards and tied the school record for TD passes in a game
set by Steve Taylor in 1987. Crouch topped his previous best of three TD passes against
Kansas State in 1998. "You would never know they are not a passing team," Iowa
coach Kirk Ferentz said. "What makes them so dangerous is their running game. They
set up the run so well that the pass hurts you." But as great a day as it was, it was
far from the expected blowout. The Huskers, off last week, needed overtime to beat Notre
Dame two weeks ago.
Against Iowa, Nebraska fumbled three times, losing the ball once after driving to the Iowa
10-yard line. "We had our backs against the wall a couple of times, but our defense
did a great job of not allowing them to put points on the board," Nebraska coach
Frank Solich said. "You can allow them to rack up yards, as long as they're not
racking up points."
Hawkeyes matched a school record with their 12th straight loss. "The guys were trying
hard and giving good effort. We've just got to play smarter, more disciplined
football," Ferentz said. An unranked team hasn't beaten No. 1 since Michigan State
upset Ohio State in 1998. The Hawkeyes stayed within range until late in the fourth
quarter.The Huskers weren't able to put the game away until Crouch's 4-yard TD pass to
Wistrom with 1:27 left in the game. Troy Watchorn added a 39-yard interception return for
a TD with 55 seconds left. The Hawkeyes, who last lost 12 straight in the 1973-74 seasons,
never got their running game going and finished with 47 yards rushing. Scott Mullen was
19-of-40 for 252 yards, but the Huskers had two interceptions and four sacks.
Crouch, who had just one passing touchdown in the Huskers' first two games, threw three TD
passes to Wistrom, including a 10-yarder on the opening possession of the third quarter
that gave Nebraska a 28-13 lead. "They are dangerous on the ground and in the
air," Iowa defensive back Mikkel Brown said. "They don't go for big plays. It's
all just misdirection. That's Nebraska for you." Davison caught Crouch's other two
scoring passes. Crouch's 43-yard pass to Davison on the final play of the second quarter
gave Nebraska a 21-13 halftime lead and sent a deflated Hawkeye team into the locker room.
The Huskers got the ball at their own 20 with 1:44 left in the first half with only a
14-13 lead after two Nate Kaeding field goals for Iowa. Nebraska looked like it was
running out the clock when Crouch broke a 25-yard run that set up the Huskers at the Iowa
41 with less than a minute left. After an incompletion and a sack, Crouch hit Davison at
the 5-yard line and Davison backed into the end zone. "It was a huge play. Otherwise,
we would have gone in 14-13 and that wouldn't have been good," Davison said.
"That gave us some momentum." Iowa shocked Nebraska by taking a 7-0 lead on a
29-yard pass from Mullen to Kevin Kasper, who jumped between two defensive backs for the
catch. Nebraska tied it on its next possession when Crouch's hit Davison with a 31-yard
pass, capping a 10-play, 86-yard drive. Crouch added a 12-yard touchdown pass to Wistrom
in the second quarter.
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Week 4 - Welcome to chapter 4 in
the year of the upset.College football is on a wild ride this season with the unbeaten
teams dropping off like flies,and other top ranked teams slipping by sub-par foes.
#1 Nebraska 42
NR Missouri 24
Nebraska looked very average in Saturday's 42-24 win over Missouri,in response
Nebraska was dropped to No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Cornhuskers remained No.
1 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. Defending champion Florida State moved into
No. 1 .
Blackshirts know they are not up to par this season,rush end Vanden Bosch said about
dropping in the polls "We can't do anything about that, but one thing we can do is
work on ironing out our mistakes and come out and play the dominating type game that I
know we can play."
center Dominic Raiola said that the Huskers are always aiming for a dominant
performance,but the team is happy to win and move on. "You always want to beat a team
bad, but being No. 1, you're going to get everyone's best shot," Raiola said.
"Winning is all that matters. If you win all your games, there's a good chance that
you'll get to play in the national championship game. Let the polls say what they want to
a 27-24 overtime win at Notre Dame and a uninspired 42-13 victory over winless Iowa, the
Seminoles had been steadily closing the gap on Nebraska. ESPN's Chris Fowler -- one of the
most high-profile of the 71 media poll voters -- repeatedly said that if Nebraska wasn't
impressive against Missouri, it would more than likely lose his No. 1 vote.It is safe to
say the Husker's knew it was coming.
State (5-0), which became the first team to go wire-to-wire at No. 1 in the AP poll last
season, inched past Nebraska (4-0). The Seminoles, who cremated Maryland 59-7 Thursday
night received 42 first-place votes and 1,745 points. The Cornhuskers had 28
first-place votes and 1,731 points. Last week, Nebraska had 39 first-place votes and 1,743
points compared to Florida State's 30 first-place votes and 1,732 points. In the new poll,
Florida State gained 12 first-place votes, while the Huskers lost 11 first-place votes.
Nebraska's tumble in the AP poll marked the first time that a No. 1 team won and was still
demoted since it happened to Penn State -- twice -- in 1997. The Huskers also plummeted
from No. 1 that season after a 45-38 overtime win at Missouri. NU slipped from No. 1 to
No. 3 following the narrow escape in Columbia, Mo. In the new coaches' poll, Nebraska and
Florida State remained 1-2, but the Seminoles took seven first-place votes away from
Nebraska. The Huskers collected 37 first-place votes and 1,452 points, while Florida State
totaled 21 first-place votes and 1,434 points.
I-back Dan Alexander said that he thinks opponents are rising to the occasion when they
meet the Huskers. "I think opponents are playing up to our level," Alexander
said. "I don't think we've played a complete game yet. We're not on top of our game
right now and I think we're letting ourselves down at times, but I really think teams are
out there giving us their best shot. "That's hard for us, but we've got to be
prepared for that. I don't think we had the best practices this past week and we were kind
of playing at a low level."
quarterback Eric Crouch, who passed for 173 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 110 yards
and another score, said he thinks the Huskers are on the verge of playing like a No. 1
team. "It just seems like we haven't put everything together yet as an offense,
defense and special teams," Crouch said. "I think we're just right there.
There's just a few small things we need to fix and we'll be there right in it."
it was shitty special teams play that was causing Nebraska's coaching staff concern. Now
the defense sucks. Missouri outgained Nebraska 492-484 in total offensive
yardage. The Huskers, who entered the game ranked 27th nationally in total defense, let
the Tigers gain 10 or more yards on 19 of 70 offensive snaps. MU had 283 yards passing and
209 yards rushing. "Certainly, we're concerned," Nebraska defensive coordinator
Craig Bohl said. "But what you've got to do is stay positive as a coach. "We're
going to really go back to the drawing board as far as some of our designs and we'll take
a critical look at the tape and come out on Monday and work to get better."
said he thinks Nebraska's defensive problems can be corrected. "I'm not alarmed and
we're not going to panic," Bohl said. "We've got an experienced coaching staff
and we've got an experienced scheme and there's a philosophy that we have. What we need to
do is keep on taking steps to get better." ....DUH REALLY !!Alot Better or it may
become a long season.
Week 6 - All week the
state of Iowa was a buzz with talk of knocking off a seemingly vulnerable Husker
team.Results:A steadily improving Husker sqaud,did what the Huskers always do to Iowa.Beat
*#2 Nebraska 49
Iowa St. 27
Another big day for Nebraska's Eric
Crouch against undefeated Iowa State.
Second ranked Nebraska(#1 in coaches poll) was
behind at the half (14-13)for the first time this year,but rallied in the second half for
5 touchdowns and a 49-27 victory over the pesky cyclones of Iowa St. Crouch ran for 138
yards and passed for 164 to keep the Cornhuskers (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big 12) in contention
for the national title after trailing for the first time at halftime this season.
"Part of football is overcoming adversity and that's one of the things we talked
about at halftime," said Crouch, whose 1-yard run in the fourth quarter gave him
eight rushing touchdowns to go with his eight passing TDs. "We're a powerful football
team and offense is something we take pride in," Crouch said. "We knew what they
were going to line up in. It was a matter of picking out the plays that we wanted to run
and executing every single one of them."
Nebraska did allow more than 250 passing yards for the third straight game, but
could be back at No. 1 after dropping a spot last week. Top-ranked Florida State opened
the door with a 27-24 loss at No. 7 Miami on Saturday. "No doubt about it. If we're
not No. 1 I don't know who is," said Corell Buckhalter, who had two short touchdown
runs for the Cornhuskers.
The Cyclones (4-1, 1-1), off to their best start in 20 years, led 14-13 at halftime but
could not stop Nebraska in the second half as the Huskers scored five touchdowns. Sage
Rosenfels was 22-of-42 for 346 yards and two touchdowns to lead Iowa State. But the
Cyclones, who averaged 227.5 rushing yards, couldn't run the ball and finished with just
37 yards on the ground. "We got beat up front. We didn't run the ball," Iowa
State coach Dan McCarney, who fell to 0-6 against Nebraska. "They were more physical
than we were. We didn't sustain blocks." It was the first time since McCarney took
over at Iowa State in 1995 that the Cyclones haven't lost to the Huskers by at least 35
points. "We played a lot more good snaps against Nebraska than we ever have in the
past," McCarney said. "We went into this football game trying to win, not be
respected, trying to close the gap. We weren't able to do it."
Iowa State was within range of the upset until Crouch took over in the second
half, shaking off a second-quarter interception that the Cyclones returned for a
touchdown. Crouch was nearly flawless in the second half, completing 3-of-3 passes for 53
yards. He also rushed for 79 yards in the half to lead Nebraska on four of its final five
scoring drives. Crouch finished 7-for-17 for 164 yards. Crouch's 1-yard touchdown run with
4:05 left was the Huskers' fourth of the second half. It was the first of the game for
Crouch, but he played a large part in the Huskers' next three. Crouch had a 22-yard run in
a 39-yard drive that set up Buckhalter's goal-line dive that gave Nebraska a 19-14 lead
early in the third quarter. Crouch also hit Aaron Golliday with a pass for the 2-point
After an Iowa State touchdown and failed point-after try brought the
Cyclones to 21-20, Crouch led the Huskers on an 11-play, 70-yard drive for a 28-20 lead
that ended on Willie Miller's 9-yard touchdown run. Crouch kept the drive going with a
25-yard pass to Buckhalter and a 20-yard strike to Tracey Wistrom on third downs.
Buckhalter added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth and backup QB Jamaal Lord added a
late TD on a 6-yard run. The Cyclones took a 7-0 lead on Rosenfels' 53-yard pass to Craig
Campbell, who got behind Nebraska's secondary and scored untouched in the first quarter.
Jamarcus Powers stepped in front of Crouch's pass and outran the quarterback in a dash for
the end zone and the Cyclones led 14-13 at halftime. It was the first time Nebraska had
trailed at the half this year. Buckhalter scored on a 9-yard run that tied it at 7 and
Josh Brown hit field goals of 40 and 24 yards. The Huskers drove inside the Iowa State 30
three other times in the half, but did not convert. Crouch was stopped on a fourth-and-3
at the Cyclones' 24 and Brown missed field-goal attempts of 39 and 48 yards.
Nebraska regained it's number one position in the AP poll,and remains #1 in
the coaches poll after this weekends games.Kansas St moved to #2 giving the Big 12 the top
2 teams as Florida St dropped to seventh after losing to Miami.
Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Iowa State Cyclones
1 2 3 4 F
Nebraska Cornhuskers 0 13 8 28 49
Iowa State Cyclones 7 7 6 7 27
Iowa State--(5:19)--Craig Campbell 53 yard TD PASS from Sage Rosenfels
Iowa State--(5:19)--Mike McKnight EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(14:16)--Josh Brown 39 yard MISSED FG
Nebraska--(1:32)--Correll Buckhalter 9 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(1:32)--Josh Brown EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(4:15)--Josh Brown 40 yard FIELD GOAL
Iowa State--(6:48)--Jamarcus Powers 40 yard INTERCEPTION RETURN for TD
Iowa State--(6:48)--Mike McKnight EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(9:31)--Josh Brown 24 yard FIELD GOAL
Nebraska--(14:41)--Josh Brown 48 yard MISSED FG
Nebraska--(3:47)--Correll Buckhalter 1 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(3:47)--Aaron Golliday TWO POINT PASS from Eric Crouch
Iowa State--(8:14)--Ennis Haywood 4 yard TD RUN
Iowa State--(8:14)--Mike McKnight EXTRA POINT MISSED
Nebraska--(3:51)--Willie Miller 9 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(3:51)--Josh Brown EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(5:05)--Correll Buckhalter 1 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(5:05)--Josh Brown EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(10:55)--Eric Crouch 1 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(10:55)--Josh Brown EXTRA POINT
Iowa State--(11:54)--J.J. Moses 15 yard TD PASS from Sage Rosenfels
Iowa State--(11:54)--Mike McKnight EXTRA POINT
Nebraska--(13:59)--Jammal Lord 6 yard TD RUN
Nebraska--(13:59)--Josh Brown EXTRA POINT
First Downs 20 |
Rushing 13 |
Third Down Eff. 8-16- 50 | 5-15- 33
Fourth Down Eff. 1- 2- 50 | 0- 1- 0
Rushes-Net Yards 60-336 | 25- 37
Average Per Rush 5.6 | 1.5
Yards Rushing 347 | 64
Yards Lost Rushing -11 | -27
Comp-Att-Int 7-17-1 | 22-43-2
Net Passing Yards 164 | 346
Sacks-Yards Lost 0- 0 | 1- 8
Average Per Pass Play 9.6 | 7.9
Total Offensive Plays-Net Yards 77-500 | 68-383
Average Gain Per Play 6.5 | 5.6
Return Yards (exc. KOs) 82 | 45
2- 9 | 1- 40
Punt Ret-Yds 6- 73
| 1- 5
Kick Ret-Yds 2- 20
| 2- 57
Punts-Yards 2- 85
Average 42.5 | 37.8
Fumbles-Lost 1- 0 | 2- 0
Penalties-Yards 5- 38 | 8- 71
Time of Possession 33:11 | 26:49
RUSHING--NEBRASKA: Eri.Crouch 19-138, Dan Alexander 21-96,
Dah.Diedrick 3-39, Wil.Miller 5-29, Cor.Buckhalter 9-20, Jam.Lord 1-6,
Bob.Newcombe 1-5, Jud.Davies 1-3. IOWA STATE: Enn.Haywood 11-27,
J.J.Moses 2-14, Mic.Wagner 4-4, Cas.Baldwin 1--2, Sag.Rosenfels 7--6.
PASSING--NEBRASKA: Eri.Crouch 7-17-1-164. IOWA STATE:
Sag.Rosenfels 22-42-1-346, Lan.Danielsen 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING--NEBRASKA: Tra.Wistrom 4-101, Bob.Newcombe 2-38,
Cor.Buckhalter 1-25. IOWA STATE: J.J.Moses 11-158, Chr.Anthony 4-43,
Cra.Campbell 3-119, Enn.Haywood 3-13, Mik.Banks 1-13.
INTERCEPTIONS--NEBRASKA: Tro.Watchorn 1-9, Wil.Amos 1-0. IOWA
PUNTING/LG--NEBRASKA: Dan Hadenfeldt 2-85-54. IOWA STATE:
PUNT RETURNS/LG--NEBRASKA: Bob.Newcombe 4-29-33, Joe Walker
IOWA STATE: J.J.Moses 1-5-5.
KICKOFF RETURNS/LG--NEBRASKA: Bob.Newcombe 1-20-20,
T.J.Hollowell 1-0-0. IOWA STATE: J.J.Moses 3-41-22,
MISSED FIELD GOALS--NEBRASKA: Jos.Brown 39, 48. IOWA STATE:
Attendance: 50,074 Time of Game: 3:29
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