Nebraska 52
Kansas 7

Nov. 12, 1977 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lincoln, NE
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Kansas 0 0 0 7 7
Nebraska 14 14 10 14 52
First Quarter
NU: Curtis Craig 12 run (Billy Todd kick) 5:11
NU: Rick Berns 63 run (Todd kick) 3:27
Second quarter
NU: Berns 10 run (Todd kick) 5:59
NU: Berns 5 run (Todd kick) 3:04
Third quarter
NU: Todd 55 field goal, 7:21
NU: Craig 5 run (Todd kick) 3:47
Fourth quarter
NU: Ed Burns 3 run (Dean Sukup kick) 13:58
KU: Wardell Johnson 3 run (Mike Huback kick) 10:31
NU: Byron Stewart 3 run (Sukup kick) 3:52

                          KU       NU
First Downs.............. 12       32
Rushing, Net......... 49-204   81-550
Passing, Net............. 35       37
  Comp-Att-Int ...... 2-12-1   2-13-0
Total Offense........ 61-239   94-587
Return Yards ............. 1       12
Punts-Avg. ............ 8-36     2-47
Fumbles-Lost ........... 5-2      1-1
Penalties-Yards ....... 6-57     4-56
Third-down conv. ...... 6-12     8-15
Time of possession ... 24:57    35:03

Attendance: 76,392

LEADING NU RUSHERS: I.M. Hipp 200, Rick Berns 107, Tim Wurth 90.
LEADING NU PASSER: Ed Burns 1-2-0-33.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: I.M. Hipp 200.

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Ed Burns.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Lee Kunz.

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Recap
Defense vs Kansas 1977

Jeff Carpenter (37) and Randy Poeschl (75) close in as a third Husker grabs freshman KU quarterback Steve Smith by the foot. | Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

Huskers whip Jayhawks, set records

It was a record-setting day for the Cornhuskers as they beat Kansas 52-7 on the Memorial Stadium Astroturf.

Kicker Billy Todd set one record and tied another, and Nebraska set the NU single game rushing record with 550 yards. Todd’s 55-yard field goal tied a 1969 Paul Rogers record for the longest NU field goal. He also passed the record for field goals in a season with 12.

I.M. Hipp (200 yards) and Rick Berns (107 yards) had over 100 yards rushing, and sophomore I-back Tim Wurth added 90.

Nebraska held Kansas to 35 yards passing and 204 yards rushing. The Jayhawks completed only two of 12 passes and averaged 3.9 yards per play compared to Nebraska’s 6.2. Nebraska played 72 players.

Lee Kunz again led Nebraska in tackling with 13, and defensive tackle Barney Cotton intercepted a pass.

Recap source: 1978 media guide

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1977 schedule
04/30 Reds 23, Whites 21
09/10 Washington St. L 10-19
09/17 Alabama W 31-24
09/24 Baylor W 31-10
10/01 Indiana W 31-13
10/08 @ Kansas St. W 26-9
10/15 Iowa St. L 21-24
10/22 Colorado W 33-15
10/29 @ Oklahoma St. W 31-14
11/05 @ Missouri W 21-10
11/12 Kansas W 52-7
11/25 @ Oklahoma L 7-38
12/19 North Carolina W 21-17
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