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Huskers return to old form
Nebraska runs for 466 yards in easy shutout of Kansas
Posted: Saturday October 17, 1998 11:37 PM
LINCOLN, Nebraska (AP) -- Nebraska is back playing Nebraska-style football, and Correll Buckhalter said it's a lot more fun that way.
Buckhalter ran for 133 yards on 18 carries and scored 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.
"I was really having fun out there," Buckhalter said. "That's why we did so good. Everybody was having fun. We just ran straight power football, Nebraska football, right at them."
After 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.
"Power football. That was the type of football I ran in high school, where you run right at people," Buckhalter said. "That's what coach [Frank] Solich stressed we were going to do."
The Huskers (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) also looked more like themselves on defense. They forced two fumbles that resulted in scores and dominated Kansas (2-5, 0-5), which came in averaging 33 points per game.
"They're [Jayhawks] the kind of team that can make big plays in a hurry," Nebraska defensive coordinator Charlie McBride said. "That's what we were most concerned about."
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 when Evans had a knee injury, scored on runs of 32, 6 and 3 yards.
"I thought Correll was excellent," Solich said. "He made really quick decisions. He was a slashing-type runner, and you need that in our type of offense. I compliment him on his style of running tonight."
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.
It was a turnaround for a Nebraska team that uncharacteristically ran for only 73 yards against Oklahoma State and 141 against Texas A&M. After just 18 minutes Saturday, the Huskers already had 155.
"We played good perimeter defense but they killed us between the tackles," Kansas coach Terry Allen said. "They must have had 350 or 400 yards between the tackles. If you allow that, you cannot win."
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 early 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.
"We had opportunities on offense but they shut us down," Winbush said. "We could not convert our drives."
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.
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