COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Nebraska Sloppy, but Kansas Worse : Big Eight: Turnovers hurt early, but Frazier accounts for three touchdowns in 41-3 rout of No. 10 Jayhawks.
Nebraska played its sloppiest game of the year Saturday. Fortunately for the Cornhuskers, Kansas was sloppier.
Tommie Frazier, playing on a sore right foot, ran for two touchdowns and passed for one as top-ranked Nebraska routed No. 10 Kansas, 41-3, and clinched a tie for its fifth consecutive Big Eight title.
The Cornhuskers, 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the Big Eight, hadn’t committed a turnover in their previous four games, but lost two fumbles and had a pass intercepted by Kansas. But the Jayhawks (8-2, 4-2) self-destructed with five turnovers, including a botched punt return that turned into a Nebraska touchdown, several costly penalties and poor time management that prevented them from trying a field goal at the end of the first half.
“We had some breaks early that really helped us a lot,” Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said. “As the game went along, we got into a little better rhythm.”
Nebraska extended its winning streak to 23, beat Kansas for the 27th consecutive time and stayed on track for a trip to the Fiesta Bowl and a bid for a second consecutive national title.
Leading only 14-3 at halftime, the Huskers’ powerful offense started rolling in the second half, scoring on three of its first four possessions to take a 35-3 lead. Mike Fullman capped the scoring with an 86-yard interception return with 6:56 left in the game, played in chilly conditions.
“We had to come out in the second half and do what we had all season--run the ball hard and dominate,” said tailback Ahman Green, who gained 45 yards to become the first Nebraska freshman to top 1,000 yards.
Frazier, a leading Heisman Trophy contender, ran 10 times for 99 yards and completed 10 of 15 passes for 86 yards with one interception. He scored on runs of one and five yards, and threw a one-yard touchdown pass to Vershan Jackson. He also set school records for career touchdown passes (42) and total offense (5,313).
Nebraska tailback Lawrence Phillips scored on a six-yard run in the third quarter and gained 46 yards in 10 carries.