Nov. 4, 1978
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 LEADING NU RUSHER: Craig Johnson 192 LEADING NU PASSER: Tom Sorley 7-8-0 for 170 yards and 3 TDs ATTENDANCE: 52,100 NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Craig Johnson 192 yards and 3 TDs NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Dan Pensick 8 tackles, 6 unassisted
Nebraska's offense was hot as the weather as the Huskers scored nine touchdowns against the Kansas Jayhawks. The 85° temperature brought out the best in the Cornhuskers as they downed KU 63-21.
The offense set a Big 8 record of 799 total yards as the Huskers were no match for the inexperienced Jayhawks.
Nebraska led by only 7-0 after the first quarter, but erupted for five second-period TDs to hold a 42-7 halftime edge.
The Huskers 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 Craig Johnson, and a 44 yard pass from Sorley to tight end Junior Miller broke the game open.
Johnson, the NU offensive player of the game, gained 192 yards on ten carries and scored twice, to pace the Huskers. Johnson, a third team I-back, playing because injuries sidelined Rick Berns and Tim Wurth, also caught a 78-yard screen pass for a touchdown.
The Nebraska quarterbacks completed ten of eleven passes for 283 yards, and combined for four TDs through the air.