No. 8 Nebraska 41, Kansas 0
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Reserve Correll Buckhalter ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Nebraska returned to form on both sides of the ball in a 41-0 victory over Kansas on Saturday night.
Following a narrow 24-17 victory over Oklahoma State and last week’s 28-21 loss at Texas A&M, Nebraska looked like its old self, finishing with 466 rushing yards and 545 yards overall.
The Huskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) forced two fumbles that resulted in scores and dominated Kansas (2-5, 0-5), which came in averaging 33 points per game.
The Huskers posted their first shutout since beating the Jayhawks 35-0 last year. Nebraska also extended its home winning streak to 46 games and beat Kansas for the 30th straight year.
Buckhalter started in place of DeAngelo Evans, who was nursing a bruised tailbone. Buckhalter, who played the first three games of the year in place of the injured Evans, scored on runs of 32, 6 and 3 yards.
Nebraska never let Kansas into the game. It was 10-0 at the end of the first quarter and 17-0 at halftime. The Huskers had the ball for more than 20 minutes of the first half.
Nebraska ran for 73 yards against Oklahoma State and 141 against Texas A&M. After just 12 minutes Saturday, the Huskers already had 155.
Defensive tackle Loran Kaiser forced a fumble that was recovered at the Kansas 25 by linebacker Jay Foreman. Two plays later, Buckhalter scored his second TD and Nebraska led 24-0 in the third quarter.
Later in the quarter, the Jayhawks were driving when David Winbush was thrown for an 11-yard loss. Clint Finley forced a fumble and Mike Brown emerged with the ball from a pile near midfield and ran inside the 5.
Although the Huskers were penalized for a personal foul, it took only six plays before Buckhalter dived into the end zone for his final score and a 31-0 lead.
Nebraska led 7-0 less than five minutes into the game after Buckhalter swept right for a 32-yard touchdown run. He got a great clearing block by fullback Joel Makovicka and ran untouched into the end zone.
After Kris Brown kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead, the Huskers’ defense showed it had recovered from a shaky performance in last week’s loss at Texas A&M.
Kansas moved inside the Nebraska 20 when Zac Wegner threw a 26-yard pass to Mitch Bowles and Huskers Kyle Vanden Bosch, Clint Finley and Mike Brown missed tackles.
But the Jayhawks blew a first-and-10 at the Nebraska 18. Wegner threw incomplete twice before Nebraska’s Joe Walker outjumped Kansas’ Termaine Fulton for an interception near the goal line.
The Huskers went ahead 17-0 just before halftime when Bobby Newcombe scored on a 1-yard sneak. On the previous play, the Jayhawks recovered Newcombe’s fumble on fourth-and-goal at the 1 but Kansas was penalized for being offside.
The Nebraska offense controlled the clock and scored on three of four first-half possessions, denied only by Buckhalter’s fumble at the Kansas 15 early in the second quarter.