7:10 PM ET, October 2, 2004
Memorial Stadium, LINCOLN, NE
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Cory Ross ran for 107 yards and scored both of Nebraska's touchdowns, and the Cornhuskers survived four turnovers and two missed field goals to beat Kansas 14-8 on Saturday night.
Nebraska (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) defeated the Jayhawks (2-3, 0-2) for the 36th straight year. Only Notre Dame's 40-game win streak against Navy is longer in Division I-A.
The last 10 times the Jayhawks visited Memorial Stadium, the Huskers won by an average score of 53-9. It was much, much closer this time.
After taking the lead late in the third quarter, the Huskers gave Kansas multiple chances to come back. Nebraska quarterback Joe Dailey threw interceptions on two consecutive series in the fourth quarter and the Huskers went three-and-out on their last three drives.
Nebraska's defense turned back the Jayhawks each time, but the victory wasn't secure until Josh Bullocks deflected Adam Barmann's pass from midfield into the end zone as time ran out.
Ross, who carried 19 times, accounted for all but 32 of Nebraska's rushing yards.
John Randle led the Jayhawks with 105 yards on 23 carries.
Dailey was 16-of-24 for 183 yards, with three interceptions and a touchdown. Ross Pilkington caught eight passes for 113 yards, both career highs.
Barmann was 24-of-49 for 200 yards, with one interception.
After Johnny Beck's 39-yard field goal put Kansas ahead 8-7 in the third quarter, the Huskers embarked on their go-ahead touchdown drive.
Dailey and Pilkington hooked up for a 37-yard gain and a 7-yarder to convert a third down before Ross caught a 14-yard TD pass.
Nebraska led 7-5 at halftime in spite of several mistakes. Dailey fumbled into the end zone for a safety on the game's second play from scrimmage, and threw an interception on his second series.
The Huskers went back to their running roots to break through for their first score with 2:57 left in the half. They ran four straight times on their five-play touchdown drive, with Ross scoring from 18 yards.
The Jayhawks led 2-0 after Dailey's low pitch to Tierre Green bounced into the end zone. Dailey retrieved the ball but was pushed out of the back of the end zone by Tim Allen.
Dailey struggled to move the Huskers much of the half. Charles Gordon intercepted Dailey's short floater intended for Matt Herian, and the Huskers punted on three of their next four series. The other possession ended with Sandro DeAngelis' low 45-yard field-goal attempt hitting the crossbar.
The Jayhawks then moved from their 28 to the Nebraska 18, with Beck kicking a 36-yard field goal for a 5-0 lead.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-19||3-12|
|4th Down Conversions||1-3||0-0|
|FG||10:47||JOHNNY BECK 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||2:57||CORY ROSS 18 YD RUN (SANDRO DEANGELIS KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 47 yards.
|FG||6:59||JOHNNY BECK 39 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 51 yards.
|TD||4:12||CORY ROSS 14 YD PASS FROM JOE DAILEY (SANDRO DEANGELIS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 77 yards.