LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Many of their fans woke up Saturday
morning to find their tires had been slashed. A defensive back was
so sick he could hardly sleep.
The Cornhuskers intercepted freshman quarterback Adam Barmann
three times and beat the Jayhawks for the 35th straight time, 24-3.
"We had some big plays that really helped us," Nebraska coach
Frank Solich said. "We were able to get the momentum offensively
and keep it through the entire second half."
The Huskers (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) have beaten Kansas (5-5, 2-4)
every year since 1969, the second longest streak among major
colleges to Notre Dame's 40-game streak against Navy.
Kansas' four turnovers were the key to this game.
"I made a few bad mistakes I shouldn't have thrown, a couple of
passes I just forced in there," Barmann said. "Other than that, I
thought we played pretty decently."
Twice the Jayhawks drove to first downs inside the 10. But
Barmann threw an interception in the first half and later John Randle fumbled at the goal line.
"We just didn't execute in the red zone. Against a good
Nebraska team, we can't do that and expect to win," Barmann said.
Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins issued a statement during
the game apologizing to "our guests from Nebraska" who had their
cars vandalized at several Lawrence motels Friday night. Police
said more than 30 vehicles bearing Nebraska plates had their tires
Defensive back Jerrell Pippens, who was so sick he didn't even
take the team bus to the stadium, had 10 tackles, blocked a field
goal and made a key interception that led to a Nebraska touchdown.
The Jayhawks held the ball all but about three minutes of the
second quarter but could manage only a 20-yard field goal in the
final seconds to make it 10-3.
Pippens came in to block the initial try, but an offsides call
gave Jerod Brooks another try and he made good.
"He did a heck of a job," defensive coordinator Bo Pelini
Pippens said he finally started feeling better after getting a
ride to the stadium with athletic director Steve Pederson.
"Now I'm hungry," he said.
Barmann was 24-for-34 for 204 yards after making his debut the
week before throwing for 294 yards and four touchdowns at Texas
Barmann said the Jayhawks did not spend much time talking about
Nebraska's long winning streak.
"We talked about the fact we're not playing the Nebraska of
old," he said. "We're playing the Nebraska of 2003. All we have
to do is go out and play our game against this year's Nebraska
team. They can't line up any players they've had in the past."
The Jayhawks were penalized eight times for 78 yards while
Nebraska drew eight flags for 87. Typically, the crowd of 50,107
was crammed with Nebraska fans. Eight of the 12 biggest football
crowds at Kansas have come against Nebraska.
The Jayhawks appeared to be going in for a touchdown that could
have tied the game at 10 in the second quarter. But on second-and-5
from the 7, Barmann threw the ball right to Nebraska's Daniel
Bullocks on the 1.
The Huskers -- aided by three major penalties -- drove all the way
to a first-and-goal from the 6. Then as fullback Steve Kriewald
bulled into the end zone, Kansas' Tony Stubbs knocked the ball
loose and recovered the fumble himself for a touchback.
But the momentum and field position swung right back to the
Huskers when Mark Simmons had Barmann's pass bounce off his hands
to Nebraska safety Josh Bullocks, who made his NCAA-leading ninth
interception on the 38.
The Huskers needed four plays for Davies to score on a 3-yard
run for a 17-3 lead.
Nebraska's David Dychas hit a 28-yard field goal in the first
Pippens' interception in the second quarter led to Steve
Kriewald's 1-yard TD run.
The Huskers put the game away with a 12-play, 81-yard drive
midway through the fourth quarter. On third-and-20, Jamaal Lord hit
Isaiah Fluellen for 39 yards to the 3, then Davies went into the
end zone the next play for a 24-3 lead.