Friday, December 13, 2002
No. 6 Nebraska 56, Kansas 17
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Eric Crouch became the top rushing quarterback in Nebraska history and tied a school record with four TD runs as the No. 5 Cornhuskers beat Kansas 56-17 on Saturday.
Crouch, who also threw for a touchdown, ran for 127 yards on 15 carries, giving him 2,152 career rushing yards. Steve Taylor held the previous mark of 2,125.
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 for the Cornhuskers (8-1, 5-1), who rushed for 493 yards in the game. It was only the second time three Huskers rushed for more than 100 yards in a game.
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.
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.
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.
Crouch shares the TD record with Frost, Jerry Gdowski and Mickey Joseph.
The only other three Huskers to rush for 100 yards the same game were Ken Clark, Steve Taylor and Terry Rodgers in 1988 against Arizona State.
|Eric Crouch is now Nebraska's all-time leading rusher for quarterbacks.|