Nebraska 31
Kansas St. 21

Nov. 10, 2001 • 2:37 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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Second quarter
NEB: Crouch 14 run (J Brown kick) 9:06
NEB: Amos 20 int. return (kick failed) 8:43 
KSU: Roberson 5 run (Rheem kick) 2:57
KSU: Lockett 32 pass from E Roberson (Rheem kick) 0:06 
Third quarter
NEB: Diedrick 2 run (Diedrick run) 7:41
NEB: Groce 60 punt return (Brown kick) 4:51
Fourth quarter
NEB: Brown 28 field goal, 14:34
KSU: Hall 1 run (Rheem kick) 5:22

                      KSU      NEB 
First downs            14       18 
  By rushing           12       16
  By passing            2        2
  By penalty            0        0
Rushed-yards       44-239   58-264 
Passing yards          37       60 
  Comp-Att-Int     4-18-3    3-7-2 
Total offense      62-276   65-324
Sacked-yards lost    3-35      0-0 
Return yards           35      140 
Punts              6-39.2   4-28.3 
Fumbles-lost          0-0      1-1 
Penalties-yards      7-32     4-41 
Time of possession  28:34    31:26
Third-Down Conv.     4/13     5/12
Fourth-Down Conv.     1/2      0/0
Sacks By-Yards        0-0     3-35

KSU: Roberson 16-119, Hall 8-48, Scobey 14-36, Sproles 2-24, R Cartwright 4-12.

NEB: Diedrick 24-108, Crouch 23-106, T Collins 6-27, Judd Davies 5-23.

KSU: Roberson 1-11-2-32, M Dunn 3-7-1-5.
NEB: Crouch 3-7-2-60.

KSU: Lockett 2-40, R Cartwright 1-0, Scobey 1-minus 3.

NEB: T Collins 1-45, Gibson 1-17, Judd Davies 1-minus 2.

Att: 77,818


Stats & Recap

Returns give Huskers a boost against ’Cats

No. 2 Nebraska used an opportunistic defense and special teams to overcome a 14-13 halftime deficit and defeat Kansas State, 31-21.

The Huskers snagged three interceptions, including Willie Amos’ 20-yard touchdown return, while scoring on DeJuan Groce’s 60-yard punt return to continue its chase of the Big 12 North title.

After trailing at intermission, Nebraska came out and pounded the ball at the Wildcats, using a 15-play, 77-yard drive that consumed more than seven minutes to take the lead for good. Senior quarterback Eric Crouch and junior I-back Dahrran Diedrick combined for 12 rushes on the drive, while Crouch found senior wingback John Gibson for a 17-yard gain on third-and-12 in the drive’s only pass play. Diedrick scored from two yards out for a 19-14 Husker lead and added the two-point conversion.

Nebraska then took advantage on special teams, as Groce returned a Mike Ronsick punt 60 yards. It was Groce’s first career score.

On defense, Amos had 70 yards on two interception returns, including a 50-yard return that set up Nebraska’s final points.

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Pregame & team info
2001 schedule
04/14Reds 16, Whites 7
08/25TCUW 21-7
09/01Troy St.W 42-14
09/08Notre DameW 27-10
09/20RiceW 48-3
09/29@ MissouriW 36-3
10/06Iowa St.W 48-14
10/13@ BaylorW 48-7
10/20Texas TechW 41-31
10/27OklahomaW 20-10
11/03@ KansasW 51-7
11/10Kansas St.W 31-21
11/23@ ColoradoL 36-62
01/03MiamiL 14-37


Colonel Mustard

I was shocked and also pleased that we could just beat these guys with power football.


This isn't the VH-1 Fashion Awards. This is football. And Nebraska and Crouch know how to play the game well.

Omaha World-Herald

What Saturday showed is NU can score all three ways, and that's important for the final three games.

Nebraska StatePaper
Red Clad Loon

It helped that the toxic stench of Kansas State’s passing game makes the reek of Iowa Beef Processors smell like fresh-baked apple pie from grandma's kitchen.


In one 15½-minute span, Nebraska ... pulled the Big Red Machine out of the ditch and got it back on to Rose Bowl Road.

Grand Island Independent

Nothing was coming easy, but Diedrick was particularly impressive — breaking tackles on nearly every carry.

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