Kansas Finally Defeats Nebraska
Sunday, November 6, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan., Nov. 5 -- The streak is over -- and those crazy Kansas fans wasted little time celebrating.
After losing 36 games in a row to Nebraska, Kansas and routed the Cornhuskers, 40-15, on Saturday, sending thousands of fans onto the field at Memorial Stadium for a raucous party that included tearing down the goal posts.
"It's awesome. It's awesome," Jayhawks linebacker Kevin Kane said. "They beat us 36 years in a row and we changed it. Nothing's better than this right now."
Midway through the third quarter, several thousand Nebraska fans among the stadium-record crowd of 51,750 began quietly filing out.
The loss was the third straight for the Huskers (5-4, 2-4 Big 12).
Mark Simmons caught two touchdown passes and Jon Cornish ran 72 yards for another score as Kansas (5-4, 2-4) ended the NCAA's second-longest losing streak against an opponent in an uninterrupted series. The record, still current, is 41 wins in a row by Notre Dame against Navy.
"It was a great day for our football team," Kansas Coach Mark Mangino said.
The Jayhawks scored seven different ways and had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in one game for the first time in 25 years.
Six different Kansas coaches -- Don Fambrough, Bud Moore, Fambrough again, Mike Gottfried, Bob Valesente, Glen Mason, Terry Allen -- had come and gone with nothing but losses against the Huskers.
"The jubilation in the locker room was unprecedented," Cornish said. "We have never celebrated so hard and been so happy about one victory."
Clark Green had 100 yards rushing and Cornish had 101 while Simmons caught six passes for 100 yards.