Cornhuskers manhandle favored Jayhawks
Could the Cornhuskers bounce back after the title-bearing defeat by Missouri? The question was answered in amazing fashion as Nebraska completely demoralized a fine Kansas team, exploded for a 40-0 lead in the third quarter and coasted to a 40-16 victory.
It was Willie Ross leading the attack — scoring three TDs and, with 111 yards rushing, almost equaling KU’s total ground production — with massive support from the Scarlet line.
An interesting sidelight to an unexpected lopsided contest: All seven TDs were followed by two-point conversions. (The season’s success rate for major schools was .450.)
- The Lawrence Journal-World reported: “In less than 20 minutes, Nebraska had built up a 32-0 lead without once resorting to its highly regarded aerial game. … Nebraska ran only three plays outside the ends in that wild first half. The rest were slashes inside, with the visiting line just manhandling and trapping the bewildered Jayhawks.”
- The Kansas City Star’s Ernest Mehl wrote: “About the only thing the Nebraska Cornhuskers left intact here yesterday afternoon was the stadium, and there may be some cracks in it.”
- John Faiman, the Huskers’ PAT kicker and No. 2 quarterback, broke a leg in practice earlier in the week. Also, Dennis Claridge and Bill “Thunder” Thornton had been considered doubtful because of ankle injuries.
- On the KU sideline was assistant coach Bill Jennings, the former Nebraska head coach.
- The Jayhawks never advanced beyond their own 45 in the first half.
- The Huskers were underdogs by 8 to 10 points.
- The Jayhawks entered the game as the nation’s No. 2 rushing team at 279.9 yards per game, but the Huskers tripled them in ground yardage, 369-122.
- It was Nebraska’s highest point total in eight years, and the 40 points exceeded NU’s scoring in the previous five NU-KU games combined, all of which were Kansas victories.
- The game was the Huskers’ first against former Omaha high school star Gale Sayers, who topped 100 yards but did not score.