NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at Kansas|
(Saturday, November 3rd)
Final Score: (8) Kansas 76, Nebraska 39
Lawrence, KS (Sports Network) - Todd Reesing passed for 354 yards and a
school-record six touchdowns, as the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks celebrated
their homecoming with a 76-39 throttling of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Reesing passed for four touchdowns in the first half alone, while Brandon
McAnderson rushed for 119 yards and a school-tying four TDs for the unbeaten
Jayhawks (9-0, 5-0 Big 12), who scored touchdowns on 10 straight
possessions after beginning the game with a three-and-out.
"We're never thinking about statistics and record," said Reesing. "We're out
there scoring points, having a lot of fun and trying to get a victory. There's
no reason to worry about the stats because we're going to find a way to score.
It doesn't matter who's scoring or how we do it. That's not important to us."
Dezmon Briscoe caught three touchdowns, while Marcus Henry finished with six
receptions for 101 yards and a score for Kansas.
"I had conversations throughout the game with the offensive coaches and we
just wanted to keep running our offense," said Kansas head coach Mark Mangino.
"We wanted to run our system and let the kids see if they could continue to
make plays. I didn't think we were going to score 76 points today but the kids
really played well. They played smart, sharp football."
Joe Ganz completed 25-of-50 passes for 405 yards with four touchdowns and four
interceptions for the Cornhuskers (4-6, 1-5), who gave up the most points in
school history. Wideout Maurice Purify caught seven passes for 158 yards and
"We are doing everything that we can," said embattled Nebraska head coach Bill
Callahan. "There really are no other options if you are referring to coaching
changes. We don't have any options at this point. We are just going to do
the best we can. We are just going to go home and get ready to play Kansas
"We are just going to keep working. As coaches we are just going to keep
working, coaching, and motivating," added Callahan. "We need to help the
players get through this because this is a tough time for us. We are
going to do everything in our power to help the kids out."
The game got off to a surprisingly bad start for the Jayhawks, who went three-
and-out on their first drive of the game and then got a 22-yard punt from Kyle
Tucker. Nebraska took advantage of the good field position as Ganz scored from
four yards out to put the Cornhuskers in front.
Kansas got going offensively on its next possession with a seven-play, 68-yard
drive that culminated with Reesing's first TD of the game -- a 13-yard strike
to Kerry Meier. Reesing's 36-yard pass to McAnderson keyed the march.
The Cornhuskers looked as if they'd be able to match the Jayhawks offensively,
as Marlon Lucky took a swing pass from Ganz 62 yards down the left sideline to
put Nebraska back in front.
However, Marcus Herford returned the ensuing kickoff to midfield and
McAnderson eventually scored his first touchdown of the game from two yards
out to tie the game at 14-14.
After three straight Ganz incompletions and a Nebraska punt, Reesing led
Kansas right back down the field, finding Jake Sharp for a 26-yard touchdown
that put the Jayhawks in front for good.
The Kansas defense forced another Nebraska three-and-out to end the first
quarter and McAnderson's nine-yard score early in the second ended a 10-play,
70-yard drive that made it 28-14.
On Nebraska's following possession, Ganz hit Purify for a 60-yard gain to the
Kansas 20-yard line. One play later, Ganz hooked up with Purify again, this
time for an 18-yard TD that brought the Cornhuskers within 28-21.
Nebraska, though, did not get any closer as Reesing quickly hooked up with
Henry for a five-yard touchdown. Henry hauled in a 42-yard reception
the play before to set up the score.
McAnderson followed with his third touchdown of the first half and John Larson
picked off Ganz to set up Reesing's 13-yard TD to Dezmon Briscoe with 1:16
left in the half. Scott Webb failed to convert the PAT as Kansas led 48-21.
Nebraska drove into Jayhawks territory as time expired in the first half and
Alex Henery's 24-yard field goal made it 48-24 and the Cornhuskers carried the
momentum into the second half.
Ganz's 14-yard touchdown to Purify ended a nine play, 78-yard scoring drive
that brought Nebraska within 17.
Kansas answered right back as Reesing hooked up with Briscoe for his second
score of the game -- a 14-yard touchdown that made it 55-31.
Darrell Stuckey then picked off Ganz at the Nebraska 23-yard line and Reesing
found Briscoe again for another score that made it 62-31.
A fumble on the Cornhuskers' following possession set up Kansas at the
Nebraska 30-yard line and Sharp scored from 10 yards out with 3:30 remaining
in the third quarter.
Mike Rivera then stepped in front of a Ganz pass and Kansas decided to
kick a long field goal early in the fourth quarter. Webb stepped on the field
to attempt a 51-yarder, but his kick fell short.
The Jayhawks soon followed with their fourth interception of Ganz in the
second half and McAnderson's fourth touchdown run made it 76-31.
Ganz's eight-yard touchdown pass to Purify, coupled with a two-point
conversion, completed the scoring.
"It sucks. I really wish it could have gone the other way," said Nebraska
linebacker Tyler Wortman. "We just have to move on, learn from the film and
get ready for next week. It snowballed on us bad. It's difficult when it goes
bad on the road. You just have to build momentum on the good things that
happen to your team."
Sharp ended with 11 carries for 44 yards for the Jayhawks...Lucky finished
with six catches for 83 yards for Nebraska...Despite the loss, Nebraska still
holds a commanding 88-23-3 edge in the all-time series against Kansas.
11/04 01:34:38 ET