Scores

Final

Baylor 27

(2-4, 0-3 Big 12)

Nebraska 59

(4-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

2:05 PM ET, October 16, 2004

Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, NE), Lincoln, NE

1 2 3 4 T
BAY 3 0 21 327
NEB 7 24 7 2159

Top Performers

Passing: J. Dailey (UNC) - 342 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: B. Jackson (NEB) - 18 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Roberts (BAY) - 7 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Dailey breaks 31-year passing record, ties TD mark

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A week after getting benched in the worst loss in Nebraska history, quarterback Joe Dailey was in record-setting form in the Cornhuskers' 59-27 victory over Baylor on Saturday.

Dailey became the first Nebraska quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards, and he tied a school record with five touchdown passes.

"It was about digging deep and playing hard," Dailey said. "That was embarrassing last week. You don't want to go through that or feel that. At the same time, sometimes you have to go through that to understand what effort has to be put forth in order to be successful in the Big 12."

Dailey was 13-for-20 for 342 yards, breaking the previous record of 297 yards set by Dave Humm against Wisconsin in 1973.

"It's just a number in the book to me," Dailey said. "To be honest with you, it doesn't matter to me. I've got a lot more things to accomplish in my time here."

The sophomore threw touchdowns of 27 and 45 yards to Isaiah Fluellen in the last 1:21 of the first half to give the Huskers a 31-3 lead.

Nebraska (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) desperately needed a win after losing 70-10 to Texas Tech. Dailey was benched late in the third quarter against Tech, and he threw 12 interceptions in the first five games.

"We just had to get back in a rhythm, into a flow," Dailey said. "This week was about getting the ball to our playmakers and letting them make plays, and that's what we did."

Nebraska piled up 511 yards after generating just 292 against Texas Tech.

"I'm proud to say these guys are a resilient group, and they are exhibiting signs of coming of age," Huskers coach Bill Callahan said.

After Baylor (2-4, 0-3) took an early 3-0 lead, Dailey threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Steve Kriewald and a 74-yarder to Cory Ross to give the Huskers the lead for good.

Dailey's fifth TD pass, a 31-yarder to Grant Mulkey early in the fourth quarter, sealed the win after the Bears had pulled within two touchdowns.

"I thought we could get back in it," Baylor coach Guy Morriss said. "We were making up some ground, but we just couldn't keep them out of the end zone."

Brandon Jackson, the top backup to Ross, led Nebraska rushers with a career-high 89 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.

Baylor's Dane King threw for a career-high 281 yards on 23-of-38 passing, with one interception and two touchdowns.

"He looks good when our offensive line gives him time," Morriss said. "He was making some good reads and good sharp throws. Receivers were catching, and you just couldn't draw it up any better, the way our offense seemed to work."

Marques Roberts caught seven balls for 99 yards and Marcus Venus six for 53 yards.

Nebraska had no turnovers after committing seven against Texas Tech and a total of 23 in its first five games.

Callahan was conservative with his West Coast offense early in the game. The Huskers kept the ball on the ground on 20 of their first 24 plays from scrimmage.

Dailey's first two touchdown passes were on short flips to running backs coming out of the backfield.

Dailey started looking downfield in the middle of the second quarter. He hit Fluellen in stride at the goal line on their first touchdown connection. Then, after Fluellen put five yards between himself and the nearest Baylor defender, Dailey lofted a perfect ball for a touchdown with 5 seconds left in the half.

The Bears scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to cut Nebraska's lead to 38-24. Paul Mosley, who led Baylor with 56 yards on 15 carries, ran in from a yard out and King threw touchdown passes of 8 yards to Dominique Zeigler and 1 yard to Roberts.

"I kind of felt like we had a chance to win after that first drive (of the second half)," King said. "The momentum and the feeling in the huddle was like nothing we've had this season. "

Jackson scored on a 1-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter to restore Nebraska's three-touchdown lead.

"They just wore us down," linebacker Michael Tolbert said. "They kept running the ball and it helped their passing game. With no real depth, we were dragging. That showed in the fourth quarter."

Baylor has lost 22 straight road games and is 0-34 all-time in Big 12 road games.

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