LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- So many games between Nebraska and Kansas
at Memorial Stadium have been over by the fourth quarter.
This time, that's when things got interesting.
After No. 21 Nebraska blew a 17-point lead, Cody Glenn scored
from a yard out in the first overtime and the Huskers' defense held
Kansas out of the end zone for a 39-32 victory Saturday night.
"I couldn't believe it was happening," Glenn said. "We scored
the second play of the game, so I was thinking we were just
continuing on from last week. For them to come back like that, I
was shocked. We had to dig down deep."
The Huskers, coming off a 56-0 rout of Troy State, led 24-10 at
half and looked as if they might roll Kansas, just as they have
done most other years this game has been played in Lincoln. In 18
previous meetings, all Nebraska wins, the Huskers had won by an
average of 35 points.
But Adam Barmann, who threw three interceptions and fumbled in
the first half, led Kansas on two long touchdown drives in the
final 6:32 to force overtime.
Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12) got the ball first in OT. Zac Taylor
hit Nate Swift along the sideline with a 21-yard pass to the Kansas
1. KU coach Mark Mangino challenged whether the catch was good, but
the call was upheld on video review. Glenn then bulled into the end
Kansas (3-2, 0-1) moved to the 9 on its possession, but Barmann
overthrew Marcus Henry in the end zone on fourth down, ending the
Jayhawks' upset bid.
"We won. That's about all we did. We obviously didn't play our
best ball," linebacker Stewart Bradley said. "When you play a bad
game, it's nice to get out with a win. It says something about the
character of our team to be done, to have the lead, lose it and
come back and win in overtime."
The Huskers avenged last year's 40-15 loss in Lawrence, Kan.,
which ended a 36-game Cornhuskers' winning streak in the series.
"I think it's cause for celebration," Taylor said. "We're 1-0
in conference play. If we had won by 60, we would still be 1-0.
It's tough that we blew that lead. That's really disappointing.
That was a good team we were going against, and I'll take any
Taylor completed 15-of-33 passes for 395 yards. Barmann was
27-for-54 for 405 yards, and Jon Cornish ran 31 times for 145 yards
and a touchdown.
Nebraska's offense went flat after it built the 24-7 lead. The
Huskers saw six straight possessions go nowhere, with three ending
on turnovers. Kansas scored nine points off the turnovers to get
back in the game.
"We would have liked to have won," Mangino said. "There are
no such things as moral victories. We're not playing horseshoes.
Close doesn't count. But I can't tell you how proud I am in my
players. They hung in there. They just came up a little short."
Barmann said he never thought the Jayhawks were out of the game.
"There was a lot of game left. One bad quarter is all it was,"
he said. "We were disappointed with the performance in the first
quarter. Once we overcame that, we played relatively well."
Barmann, starting his second straight game in place of the
injured Kerry Meier, threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brian Murph
with 46 seconds left to pull the Jayhawks even at 32 and cap an
Kansas' tying score came after Taylor's fourth touchdown pass, a
75-yarder to Frantz Hardy with 4:13 left, and 2-point conversion
pass put the Huskers up 32-25. Hardy, who had a 78-yard touchdown
reception in the second quarter, finished with three catches for
Barmann had given the Jayhawks a one-point lead with 6:32 left
with a 1-yard pass to Derek Fine.
"I'm just proud of the resiliency of our football team and the
way that we came back and fought back and came back from behind and
took the lead," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said.
Kansas lost its conference opener for the eighth time in nine
years and dropped to 1-16 in Big 12 road games under Mangino.
Nebraska scored on the game's second play from scrimmage, with
Taylor connecting with Terrence Nunn for a 75-yard touchdown.
Kansas linebacker Eric Washington was taken off the field on a
stretcher in the third quarter. He was injured when he tackled
running back Marlon Lucky. Television replays showed that his
helmet rammed Lucky's shoulder.
Mangino said Washington briefly lost consciousness and didn't
have feeling in his extremities. But he regained feeling shortly
after being taken off the field, Mangino said.
"It was scary for a moment out there," he said. "He's fine
with his extremities. It's going to be a full recovery."