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Nebraska must beat CU to stay bowl-eligible

LINCOLN, Neb. -- For all the meaningful streaks that have
gone by the wayside at Nebraska the last couple years, its NCAA record of 35 straight years in a bowl is one that's held near and dear to the hearts of the Big Red faithful.

Now that's in jeopardy, too.

The Cornhuskers (5-5, 3-4 Big 12) must beat Colorado in their final regular-season game Nov. 26 to qualify for postseason play.

"We've got to get us to a bowl game," I-back Cory Ross said. "We have to do that."

With Saturday's 30-3 loss to Oklahoma, Nebraska went winless in conference road games for the first time since 1959.

The Colorado game will determine whether Nebraska runs its
streak of winning regular seasons to 43. The Huskers already are
assured of their fewest regular-season wins since going 6-4 in
1968.

It also was in 1968 that Nebraska last stayed home during bowl
season.

First-year coach Bill Callahan said the Huskers showed positive
signs against second-ranked Oklahoma, despite losing by 27 points.

Ross, playing with a painful turf toe, left late in the fourth
quarter with a sternum injury after rushing for 130 yards on 30
carries. It was the first time this season that Oklahoma had
allowed a 100-yard rusher.

Ross, with 1,067 yards for the season, became Nebraska's 27th 1,000-yard rusher.

"Despite this loss, I was really proud of our kids," Callahan
said. "They fought their butts off, and I'm extremely pleased with
Cory Ross and his efforts. They're examples of what we're looking
for."

Though Nebraska held Oklahoma to 98 yards rushing, the Huskers'
pass defense was soft, allowing Jason White to complete 29-of-35
passes for 383 yards and three touchdowns. White set an OU record
by completing 18 straight passes.

"Their quarterback was phenomenal," Callahan said. "He's very
polished, very groomed and very knowledgeable in everything he was
doing. He throws with a lot of precision. If you give this guy
time, he's going to pick you apart."

Callahan said he had no problem with Oklahoma, holding a
30-point lead, trying to score in the final minute. The Sooners
turned the ball over on downs, and David Dyches kicked a 39-yard
field goal as time expired for the Huskers' only points.

The field goal allowed Nebraska to avoid its first shutout loss
since 1996 and provided some consolation for quarterback Joe
Dailey, who said he took umbrage at OU's attempt to run up the
score.

"I felt they tried to stick it to us," he said.