Nebraska 63
Kansas 21

Nov. 4, 1978 - 1:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium | Lawrence, KS
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Nebraska 7 35 14 7 63
Kansas 0 7 8 6 21
First Quarter
NU: Rick Berns 2 run (Billy Todd kick) 9:37
Second Quarter
NU: Tom Sorley 1 run (Todd kick) 12:09
NU: Craig Johnson 64 run (Todd kick) 11:43
NU: Junior Miller 44 pass from Tom Sorley (Todd kick) 7:12 
NU: Tim Smith 17 pass from Sorley (Todd kick) 3:24
KU: Harry Sydney 2 run (Mike Hubach kick) 1:30
NU: Miller 44 pass from Sorley (Todd kick) 0:21
Third Quarter
NU: Johnson 78 pass from Tim Hager (Todd kick) 9:44
KU: Sydney 3 run (Sydney run) 7:25
NU: Johnson 60 run (Dean Sukup kick) 5:45
Fourth Quarter
NU: Jeff Quinn 5 run (Todd kick) 13:56
KU: Russ Bastin 4 pass from Kevin Clinton (pass failed) 1:11

                         NU         KU
First Downs ............ 35         22
Rushing Net ........ 66-516      38-70
Passing Net  .......... 283        262
  Comp-Att-Int .... 10-11-0    22-49-3
Total Offense ...... 77-799     87-332
Punts ................ 2-53       6-42
Fumbles-lost .......... 7-3        1-0
Penalties-yards .......7-72       5-49

ATTENDANCE: 52,100

RUSHING
NU: Johnson 10-192, Quinn 9-64, Kotera 9-58, Hipp 6-46, McCrady 8-46, Franklin 6-44, Berns 8-44, Sorley 6-13, Brown 2-7, Hager 2-2.

KU: Ediger 10-28, Friess 2-18, Sydney 12-15, Jones 4-15, Higgins 5-4, Smith 1-2, Levy 2-minus-2, Clinton 2-minus-10.

PASSING
NU: Sorley 7-9-0 170, Hager 2-2-0 97, Quinn 1-1-0 16.

KU: Clinton 16-31-1 156, Sydney 6-18-2 106.

RECEIVING
NU: Miller 3-108, Smith 2-37, Johnson 1-78, Hipp 1-20, Brown 1-19, Finn 1-16, Lockett 1-5.

KU: Murphy 5-93, Bastin 4-39, Friess 4-26, Higgins 3-40, Verser 3-24, Levy 2-31, Michens 1-9.

MORE INDIVIDUAL STATS

NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
  Craig Johnson
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME
  Dan Pensick: 8 tackles, 6 unassisted

Coverage

Recap

799 yards: Offense has field day in Lawrence

Nebraska set a Big Eight record with 799 yards of offense and I-back Craig Johnson scored three times from long range in a 63-21 rout of KU.

The Huskers led by only 7-0 after the first quarter but erupted for five second-period TDs to hold a 42-7 halftime edge.

Nebraska scored three times in a five-minute span in the second period to put the game out of reach. A one-yard quarterback sneak by Tom Sorley, a 64-yard jaunt by Johnson and a 44-yard pass from Sorley to tight end Junior Miller broke the game open.

Johnson gained 192 yards on 10 carries to pace the Huskers. Johnson, a third team I-back playing because of injuries to Rick Berns and Tim Wurth, also caught a 78-yard screen pass for a touchdown.

The Nebraska quarterbacks completed 10 of 11 passes for 283 yards and combined for four TDs through the air. Three of the tosses went to Miller, who racked up 108 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

1978 Nebraska-Kansas, David Clark photoNebraska defensive tackle David Clark pressures KU quarterback Harry Sydney in the third quarter. · Lincoln Journal Star · Newspapers.com

Game stories
Pregame & team info
1978 schedule
04/29 White 14, Red 13
09/02 @ Alabama L 3-20
09/09 Cal W 36-26
09/16 Hawaii W 56-10
09/30 @ Indiana W 69-17
10/07 @ Iowa St. W 23-0
10/14 Kansas St. W 48-14
10/21 @ Colorado W 52-14
10/28 Oklahoma St. W 22-14
11/04 @ Kansas W 63-21
11/11 Oklahoma W 17-14
11/18 Missouri L 31-35
01/01 Oklahoma L 24-31
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