Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 1 Nebraska 59, Baylor 0
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Dan Alexander scored twice as No. 1 Nebraska set a school
record with 38 points in the first quarter and went on to a 59-0 victory over Baylor on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers (7-0, 4-0 Big XII) scored on their first nine possessions in their most one-sided win since a 69-7 victory over Oklahoma in 1997.
The No. 4 Sooners get their first rematch since the blowout when the Huskers visit Oklahoma next week. If Nebraska was looking past Baylor (2-5, 0-4) to Oklahoma, it didn't show.
The Huskers outgained the Bears 189 yards to 1 in the opening quarter and didn't start a possession in their own territory. Nebraska's 38 points in the quarter topped the school record of 35, set three times, most recently against Iowa State in 1997.
After sputtering with inconsistency in the first five games, the Huskers have outscored their last two opponents 115-3.
With a 52-0 halftime lead, coach Frank Solich was able to rest most of his starters and keep them fresh for next week. The only offensive starters to play in the second half were the linemen, who were in for the opening drive of the third quarter.
Starting quarterback Eric Crouch played in just the first quarter, running five times for 46 yards and a touchdown. He was 2-for-6 passing for 23 yards.
Alexander had 14 carries for 104 yards, his fifth 100-yard game of the season, and Correll Buckhalter ran six times for 76 yards and two touchdowns.
Baylor finished with just 84 total yards, 5 rushing. The Bears, who lost to Texas Tech 28-0 and Texas A&M 24-0 coming into Saturday, have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since 1946.
The loss spoiled the return of Baylor coach Kevin Steele and assistant Tommie Frazier. Steele coached Nebraska's linebackers in the early 1990s and Frazier, Baylor's running backs coach, was the Huskers' quarterback when they won back-to-back national titles in 1994 and '95.
No. 2 quarterback Jammal Lord made his earliest appearance this year, and the offense didn't skip a beat. Lord led the Huskers on a 12-play, 80-yard drive and capped it with a 2-yard TD run. Nebraska drove 87 yards in seven plays on its next possession, scoring on Buckhalter's 7-yard run with about two minutes left in the half.
The Huskers had a 7-0 lead before their offense even took the field. On the fourth play of the game, Keyuo Craver blocked Adam Stiles' punt and was the first to pounce on it in the end zone.
Nebraska forced Baylor into another three-and-out and got the ball back at the Baylor 45. It took Alexander two plays to score again, running in easily from 15 yards out. He added a 2-yard TD run on Nebraska's next possession
Crouch scored on an option-keeper from the 14 and Buckhalter had a 36-yard TD run that put Nebraska up 38-0 with 40 seconds left in the second quarter.
Josh Brown had a 33-yard field goal.
Third-team I-back Dahrran Diedrick scored on a 23-yard run in the third quarter for the only score of the second half.
|Dan Alexander and Nebraska put up 52 points in the first half.|