|NEBRASKA NCAA RUSHING CHAMPIONS
For the 14th time the Nebraska Cornhuskers finished the season as the nations leader in rushing yards per game averaging 349.3 YPG.Ohio was second averaging 323 yards per game.The last time the Husker were the nations rushing champions was 1997.The 2000 honor is also the 12th rushing title for the Huskers since 1980.
The Huskers finished the regular season 6th in total offense and 4th in scoring offense, mostly because of the efforts of Eric Crouch who averaged 10.91 points per game, fifth nationally.Not bad but not the type of dominating statistics expected from Nebraska's high octane offense ,predicted to have one of their best offensive lines ever and a bevy of returning starters including the under used and wasted talent of Bobby Newcombe who finished with under 300 yards of offense.
I - back Dan Alexander led the Husker rushing attack and finished 21st nationally averaging 104.9 yards per game. Eric Crouch finished nationally at 46th with an 88.3-yard average for the Nebraska option quarterback.
Because of the tremendous efforts of senior Carlos Polk the Huskers ranked 26th nationally in total defense, where they were sixth against the pass and 23rd against the rush.Well below the ranking's of past national champion teams of 94,95,97.
Punter Dan Hadenfeldt finished eighth in the country with a 43.79-yard average.Wingback and former quarterback Bobby Newcombe ended up in the top 10 nationally as well for punt returners. Newcomb finished 10th in punt returns with an average of 14.55 yards per returrn. Aaron Lockett of Kansas State averaged 22.77 yards per punt return to lead the nation in that department.