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2010 Nov 09

10 Memorable NU-KU Games


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When Nebraska plays Kansas Saturday, it will be almost 118 years to the day that the two schools first met in 1892. Pretty amazing that it's coming to an end, huh?

Sadly, it has not been the most memorable series. The Huskers have won 90 of the 116 games played, and if NU scores 51 points this week, it will have scored 3,000 series points against the Jayhawks.

Here are 10 games from the last 50 or so years that were worth remembering, even if some of them were lopsided contests.

1963 Nebraska 23 Kansas 9 Gale Sayers' 99-yard run for a touchdown wasn't enough to stop one of the first great Bob Devaney teams. NU got two fourth-quarter touchdown – one of them an interception return – to seal the victory.

1968 Kansas 23 Nebraska 13 KU quarterback Bobby Douglass spearheaded a second-half comeback against NU, and sent the Cornhuskers into a season-ending spiral.

1973: Nebraska 10 Kansas 9 This matchup between two ranked teams boiled to a fourth-quarter field goal from Rich Sanger. Both defenses excelled, but NU blocked an extra point. Kansas did not.

1991: Nebraska 59 Kansas 23 KU jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead at home and seemed to have an upset in its clutches. Then Husker true freshman running back Calvin Jones came off the bench and started ripping off one huge run after another. He carried the ball 27 times for 294 yards – a school record until Roy Helu broke it a few weeks ago. His six rushing touchdowns remains a school record.

1993: Nebraska 21 Kansas 20 The Jayhawks stretched NU to the wire and then-head coach Glen Mason chose to go for the win with a 2-point conversion rather than forge a tie. The Huskers broke up a pass in the end zone and preserved its perfect regular season. Quarterback Brook Berringer subbed in for Tommie Frazier.

1995: Nebraska 41 Kansas 3 The score obviously doesn't reflect it, but the Jayhawks played NU's finest team tougher than any other opponent in 1995. Kansas frankly outplayed the Huskers in the first half, outgaining them 199-110 and gaining 10 more first downs. But KU was plagued by a botched punt and turnovers. In the second half, Nebraska pulled away with its powerful running game – but NU was challenged more than it may seem.

1999: Nebraska 24 Kansas 17 Right after NU lost its first game of the year to Texas, the Huskers trailed 9-0 at halftime in Lawrence. Bobby Newcombe to the rescue! He returned a punt for a touchdown and caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Eric Crouch to keep on track for a Big 12 title. The Huskers routed ranked foes Texas A&M and Kansas State in following weeks.

2005: Kansas 40 Nebraska 15 KU's first win in this series since 1968 was a typical Bill Callahan-era of mistakes and awful defense. The Jayhawks thoroughly humiliated the Huskers, outgaining them 428-138. NU rushed for all of 21 yards as Kansas socred two defensive touchdowns.

2007: Kansas 76 Nebraska 39 The final nail in Bill Callahan's coffin. NU committed five turnovers and never came close to slowing down KU quarterback Todd Reesing, who threw for 354 yards and six touchdowns. The image of Husker defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove openly weeping as he left the field is a memory many Nebraska would like to forget.

2008: Nebraska 45 Kansas 35 The first big “win” of the Bo Pelini era, or at least it felt like it, taking down the defending Orange Bowl champions. NU trailed 21-17 midway through the third quarter until Roy Helu busted off touchdown runs of 10 and 52 yards. The teams combined for 917 total yards.

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Comments (2)

Profile image for wondermonds

Absolutely agree with your 1995 assessment. That was our toughest game that year. Even though KU's offense consisted mostly of swing passes they played with passion. I think it was only 14-3 at half.

– Nov 9, 2010 at 6:48 pm

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How could you possibly not include Devaney's first Kansas game which was in 1962 which Nebraska won 40-16. Nebraska scored 5 touchdowns and five successful two point coversions for a total of 40 points and Kansas scored two touchdowns and 2 two point conversions for a total of 16 points. This has to be the most successful double extra points in the history of foorball. INDYHUSKER1.

– Nov 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

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