Huskers give Huskies a pounding
In an early-season clash between top 10 teams, the No. 2 Huskers celebrated the return of I-back DeAngelo Evans and quarterback Bobby Newcombe with a 55-7 rout over ninth-ranked Washington.
Evans, who had not played since the 1996 Big 12 Championship Game, rushed for 146 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. The sophomore scored on runs of 60, 14 and 19 yards, all in the first half, as the Huskers scored the first 21 points and led 35-7 at halftime.
Newcombe, seeing his first action since the opener, drove Nebraska to a score on its opening drive, a 12-play, 82-yard march, culminating in Newcombes three-yard run to give the Huskers a 7-0 lead just 4:23 into the contest. After Nebraska forced a punt on Washingtons next possession, Evans broke free on a 60-yard score to give NU a 14-0 lead.
The Husker defense capitalized on the first of six Husky turnovers as Jason Wiltz intercepted a Brock Haurd pass and returned it to the Washington 22. Two plays later, Evans scored from 14 yards out.
Washington was driving deep into NU territory before linebacker Jay Foreman forced a fumble at the 3-yard line. Seven plays later, Evans gave Nebraska a 28-0 lead with a 19-yard run four minutes into the second quarter.
Washington’s six turnovers were converted into 34 Nebraska points. Rush end Chad Kelsay led the Blackshirts’ charge, recording three tackles, a sack and an interception to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors.