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A Mighty Effort by No. 1 Nebraska

Big 12: Cornhuskers dominate Kansas in 35-0 victory, their 29th in a row over the Jayhawks.

October 26, 1997| From Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. — There'll be no one-point wins for Nebraska as the No. 1 team. At least not against Kansas.

Scott Frost rushed for 121 yards and two touchdowns and the top-ranked Cornhuskers, overcoming a brief power failure and a cold, driving rain, were dominant in a 35-0 victory over Kansas Saturday night, their 29th consecutive winover the Jayhawks.

It was the first game for Nebraska, 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12, since supplanting Penn State as the No. 1-ranked team after the Nittany Lions edged unranked Minnesota by a point on Oct. 18.

"Overall, it was a good, solid win," Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said.

Kansas managed only four first downs and 48 yards, an all-time low, as the Cornhuskers earned their second consecutive shutout.

Rain began drenching the artificial turf in the third quarter, when each team totaled only 32 yards without scoring. In the second quarter, the Cornhuskers led, 21-0, when play was halted after a bank of lights went out in a corner of the stadium.

Play resumed seven minutes later, and full power was restored about 10 minutes after that.

"They really showed their superiority on the defensive end of the ball," Kansas Coach Terry Allen said. "The kids played hard. They made them work for everything they got."

Nebraska, which hasn't lost to Kansas since 1968, took a 21-0 halftime lead. Despite the miserable conditions, the Cornhuskers rushed for 382 yards, 19 under their nation-leading average.

Kansas (4-4, 2-3) did not get a first down until the first play of the third quarter. Nebraska, which shut out Texas Tech, 29-0, last week, had 415 yards, a season low.

Nebraska tailback Ahman Green had 123 yards and one score and fullback Joel Makovicka scored two touchdowns.

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