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