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
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
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
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
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
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
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.