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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Big Eight Roundup : Iowa St. Can't Keep Up With Nebraska, or Jones, and Loses, 42-3

November 08, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Nebraska I-back Keith Jones rushed for a career-high 240 yards and 2 touchdowns at Lincoln, Neb., Saturday to lead second-ranked Nebraska to a 42-3 Big Eight Conference win over Iowa State.

Jones' effort was the fifth-best single-game rushing total in Nebraska history, although he didn't play in the fourth quarter. He has 2,146 career yards, putting him 11th among Nebraska's all-time rushers.

"Today was just the day," said Jones, who had 15 carries.

The Cornhuskers (9-0 and 5-0) had 604 yards rushing against the outmatched Cyclones (2-7 and 1-4), the second-best single-game total in school history. In 1982, Nebraska rushed for 677 yards against New Mexico State.

Reserve I-back Tyreese Knox had 118 yards rushing, and quarterback Steve Taylor added 96. Joe Henderson, who was averaging 104 yards a game, managed 67 in 21 carries for Iowa State against the nation's leading defense against the rush.

Even with the impressive numbers, Nebraska's coaching staff was not pleased with the overall effort of the Cornhuskers.

"At times we played sloppy football and sometimes not intelligent football," Coach Tom Osborne said. "We probably should have had another 21 to 28 points, but I'm glad we didn't. I wouldn't want people to think we were trying to run up the score, especially Jim Walden."

Walden is a former Nebraska assistant coach who was with Osborne during Bob Devaney's national championship seasons.

"Nebraska has a little better team speed than I remember when I was here," Walden said. "I'm proud of our team, but we just played undermanned. We played a much superior team today, but I'm proud of our effort."

Kansas 17, Kansas St. 17--Mark Porter's 38-yard field goal with no time left was blocked by Kansas safety Marvin Mattox, leaving the Wildcats and Jayhawks locked in a tie at Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State, breaking a 13-game losing streak, recovered a fumble by Kansas quarterback Kevin Verdugo with 36 seconds left to give Porter a last chance.

The sloppily played game left Kansas State with an 0-8-1 record and Kansas 1-7-1. Both teams are 0-4-1 in the Big Eight.

Kansas has not won a Big Eight game since 1985, and Kansas State has not beaten anybody since defeating Kansas last October.

Colorado 27, Missouri 10--At Boulder, Colo., fullback Erich Kissick rushed for 129 yards and a touchdown, and halfback J.J. Flannigan ran 53 yards for another score as the Buffaloes' wishbone ground out a victory over the Tigers.

The Buffaloes (6-3 and 3-2) also used a trick play--a 34-yard pass by split end Lance Carl to halfback Eric Bieniemy on what started out as a reverse--to score just before the half, giving them a commanding 24-3 lead.

Colorado's other scores came on a 31-yard field goal by Dave DeLine, set up by Kissick's 44-yard run, and a 52-yarder by Ken Culbertson.

The loss dropped the Tigers to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the Big Eight.

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