Nebraska 24
Kansas 17

Oct. 30, 1999 • 6:08 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lawrence, KS • Fox Sports Net
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First quarter
KU: Safety, punt blocked through end zone, 5:02
Second quarter
KU: Hurst 22 pass from D Smith (Garcia kick) 9:12
Third quarter
NU: FG J Brown 31, 10:23
NU: Newcombe 86 punt return (J Brown kick) 2:14 Video
Fourth quarter
NU: Crouch 8 run (J Brown kick) 12:09
KU: Chandler 77 pass from D Smith (Smith pass to Chandler) 11:44
NU: Newcombe 49 pass from Crouch (J Brown kick) 3:24

                        NU          KU
First downs             15          17
Rushed-yards        42-173      39-116
Passing yards          193         217
  Comp-Att-Int     11-20-0     16-31-1
Sacked-yards lost     5-41         2-4
Return yards           199          16
Punts               8-35.5     11-42.0
Fumbles-lost           1-1         1-0
Penalties-yards       6-59        4-35
Time of possession   28:18       31:42

NU: Buckhalter 22-116, D Diedrick 3-27, Alexander 3-20, Crouch 13-14, Newcombe 1-(-4) 

KU: Norris 17-80, Winbush 5-20 Bowles 5-13, D Smith 11-4, Team 1-(-1)

NU: Crouch 11-20-0-193. 
KU: D Smith 16-30-0-217, Childs 0-1-1-0

NU: Davison 6-108, Newcombe 4-89, Buckhalter 1-(-4) 

KU: Chandler 4-106, H Hill 3-23, Hurst 2-31, Winbush 2-7, Childs 1-18, Gulley 1-17, Paige 1-10, Norris 1-7, Bowles 1-(-2)

Att: 45,100

Newcombe 1999 punt return vs Kansas photo Lincoln Journal Star ·


Stats & Recap
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Huskers survive Kansas’ upset bid

Former quarterback Bobby Newcombe came through with 200 all-purpose yards and two pivotal touchdowns as Nebraska scored all its points in the second half and defeated Kansas for the 31st consecutive time, 24-17.

The Jayhawks were blanked in their last two meetings with the Huskers but took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter when freshman Matt Jordan blocked a punt in the end zone and Nebraska fell on it.

Kansas made it 9-0 in the second quarter when quarterback Dylen Smith hooked up with tight end David Hurst for a 22-yard TD. The KU scoring drive covered 79 yards.

Nebraska’s first possession of the second half ended on a fumble deep in KU territory. On the Huskers’ next drive, Nebraska finally got on the scoreboard with a 31-yard Josh Brown field goal. With 2:14 to go in the period, the Huskers got their first lead at 10-9 when Newcombe returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown.

After a 21-yard punt return by Joe Walker set up Nebraska near midfield, the Huskers mounted a 53-yard drive, capped by quarterback Eric Crouch’s eight-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to boost Nebraska’s advantage to 17-9. But on the first play after the kickoff, KU’s Smith threw a 77-yard touchdown pass to Mike Chandler up the right sideline. Smith then found Chandler for the two-point conversion to tie the game, 17-17, with 11:44 remaining.

Nebraska missed a 43-yard field goal on its next possession. After a defensive stop, the Huskers drove from their 26 to midfield, where they converted a fourth-and-1. On the next play, Newcombe delivered the winning score when he took a short pass from Crouch and turned it into a 49-yard touchdown with 3:24 left.

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Pregame & team info
Grand Island Independent: 12
Omaha World-Herald: 123
Topeka Capital-Journal: 123
Lawrence Journal-World: 123
Kansas City Star: 12
OWH practice reports: M | T | W


1999 schedule
04/17Red 27, White 12
09/04@ IowaW 42-7
09/11CaliforniaW 45-0
09/18S. MissW 20-13
09/25@ MissouriW 40-10
10/02Oklahoma St.W 38-14
10/09Iowa St.W 49-14
10/23@ TexasL 20-24
10/30@ KansasW 24-17
11/06Texas A&MW 37-0
11/13Kansas St.W 41-15
11/26@ ColoradoW 33-30
12/04TexasW 22-6
01/02TennesseeW 31-21


Colonel Mustard

Football is a game of emotion, and on Saturday we had none and played like it.


K-State's march toward perfection began in earnest Saturday. The Cornhuskers are marching toward a Kansas State thumping and a second-tier bowl bid.

Kansas City Star

Newcombe pulled the Huskers out of a performance that was as flat and lackluster as they've shown all season. So much for the wake-up call at Texas.

Omaha World-Herald

In the big picture, winning the Big 12 crown isn't such a bad goal to have.

Grand Island Independent

At least the Jayhawks, 32-point underdogs, made a statement.

Lawrence Journal-World

KU has heart. KU still doesn't have many victories, but KU has heart.

Wichita Eagle

For much of the game, the Huskers didn't even look like the best team in Memorial Stadium, let alone the best team in the Big 12 North.

Topeka Capital-Journal
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