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
Dailey became the first Nebraska quarterback to throw for more
than 300 yards, and he tied a school record with five touchdown
"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
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
"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
"I'm proud to say these guys are a resilient group, and they
are exhibiting signs of coming of age," Huskers coach Bill
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
"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
Baylor has lost 22 straight road games and is 0-34 all-time in
Big 12 road games.