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_Gameday: Nebraska 55,1
Nebraska's 48-point win
Saturday over Washington marked
the biggest margin of victory ever
against an Associated Press top 10
"It's one thing to lose, its
another thing to get blown out."
I W senior linebacker Todd
Johnson said. "It's pretty embar
The second-ranked Corn
huskers" 55-7 win over the No. 8
Huskies bettered NT's 45-point
\ ictor> over Colorado in 1992.
"You just want to crawl in a
hole." Washington quarterback
Brock Huard said. "You can t
beliece this happened on national
Making his second career start
at quarterback Saturday. NU
sophomore Bobby Newcombe
scored a career-high three touch
The 6-foot. 190-pound signal
caller rushed 14 times for 79 yards
also career highs.
Through its first four games,
the Nebraska defense has not
allowed its opponent to score in the
Washington was driving as the
first quarter came to a close
Saturday, but the Huskies' momen
tum ended with a fumble on the
Huskers' 9-yard line minutes into
the second quarter.
Huard laughed when asked if
the Nebraska fans were gracious.
Washington Coach Jim
Lambright said the Huskers didn't
need a home-field advantage.
Johnson was just surprised to
see so many NU fans stick around
"You look in the fourth quarter,
and they re killing us and almost
all their fans are still in the crowd."
Johnson said. "They 're definitely
loud and they support their team "
DeAngeio E\an^ w ho missed
all of last season w ith a groin
nqury and the first three games of
tins season with a knee injure
had a game-high 146 yards rushing
on I ' carries and tied his career
best with three rushing touch
downs 1 wans scored the Huskers'
third, fourth and fifth touchdown>
and recorded the fifth 100-yard :
game of his career
Nebraska reported only one
injury after Saturday 's game.
Junior Will linebacker Eric
Johnson suffered a hip pointer and
may miss today's practice.
Senior defensive tackle Jason
W iltz broke the NU defensive line
man season record for intercep
tions when he grabbed his second
of the year in the second quarter
Saturday. Wiltz intercepted a
Huard pass at the Washington 27
Gameday notebook compiled
by senior staff writers Shannon
Heffelfmger and David Wilson
Nebraska rolls UW
with Evans’ return
By Shannon Heffelfinger
Senior staff writer
The Nebraska football team wasted
no time Saturday. pro\ mg to themselves.
Washington and the college football
world that their sometimes shaky play
over the first few weeks of the season
Rejuvenated by the return of four
starters. No. 2 Nl smashed eighth
ranked Washington 55-7 in front of
76.372 fans at Memorial Stadium.
"We came out wanting to show that
we can still dominate people." NU center
Josh Heskew said. “We've been criti
cized. whether it's the offensive line or the
running backs or whatever. Today, against
the eighth-ranked team, we came out and
played some good ball. I hope this game
answers some of the questions that peo
ple hav e about our team."
The answers came quickly Saturday.
Almost nothing could go wrong for
the Huskers. Quarterback Bobby
Newcombe admitted he felt less than 100
percent after a three-week absence
caused by a knee injury, but rushed 14
times for 79 yards and three touchdowns
1-back DeAngelo Evans, sidelined
since 1996 with multiple injuries, didn't
miss a beat and rushed for 146 yards and
scored on runs of 60, 14, and 19 yards.
And the defense, cnticized all season
for its pass coverage, totaled three inter
ceptions and sacked UW quarterback
Brock Huard three times.
“You can see the difference in us
today when we hav e key players back and
people playing w ithout worrying about
pain." NL cornerback Erw in Sw inev
said. "I'm not a predictor, but this kind of
surprised all of us. 1 think."
Neither the Huskers nor the
Washington defense knew quite what to
expect from the Huskers' offense
Saturday But the return of Nl 's big-play
makers. New combe and Evans, became
New combe led an 82-yard. 11 -play
scoring drive on the Huskers" first series
of the game to give Nl a 7-0 advantage.
The following series. Evans ran up
the right side of the field 60 yards for the
first of his career-high three touchdowns.
"1 knew 1 was going to score." Evans
said. "I saw the end zone, and they
weren't going to stop me. They were giv -
ing us the option game."
Evans increased NU's adv antage to
35-7 with scoring runs of 14 and 19 yards
and a three-vard touchdown run by
Correll Buckhalter with five minutes, 12
seconds remaining in the second half.
Nebraska rushed 29 times for 261
yards in the first half.
"We moved the ball better than what
you might think against a quality' oppo
nent like Washington,” Nebraska Coach
Frank Solich said. "The option game
went well and the power game fell in lme
as well. It was our intention to build some
confidence in our running game.”
NU fullback Joel Makovicka credited
Newcombe and Evans for domg just that.
“Washington was kind of keying on
the fullback, so those guys (Newcombe
and Evans) just tore things up,”
Turning Point ^
Washington threatens to score in the second
quarter, but a Willie Hurst fumble thwarts the
chance. Nebraska then drives for a back
\lako\ icka said.
Washington's offense, on the other
hand, saw little of the open field that
Makov icka described. LAV running back
Willie Hurst fumbled on the 2-yard line,
putting a halt to a promising scoring driv e
in the first half The Huskies scored their
only touchdown w hen Huard hit halfback
Joe Jarznyka in the end zone with a tlrree
yard pass with 1:07 remaining in the first
Washington was nev er in scoring
position again. U W failed to adv ance past
the Nebraska 43-yard line in the second
Huard who said he wanted to "‘craw l
into a hole" most of the game, spent most
of his time on the ground.
"He (Huard) said "Stop hitting me,'”
Kelsay said. “He was starting to whine a
little bit. But his offensive line wasn't giv -
ing him much protection, and it had to get
old time after time having guys in his
“In our first couple of games, we
sputtered a little bit and people started
questioning us. But that just made us pull
together a little tighter. We know what we
can get done.”
Evans echoed Kelsay s thoughts.
“It was really kind of a fairy tale
today,” Evans said. “I thought things real
ly worked out well.”
NU l-BACK DEANGELO EVANS runs for 26 yards in the third quarter of the
Huskers’ 55-7 win. Evans racked up 146 yards on 13 carries and scored
three touchdowns. Saturday was Evans’ first game since he was injured in
Football Game Review Washington 7
Nebraska Washington jGfc
Name Car Yds Avg TD Name Car Yds Avg TD
DeAngelo Evans 13 150 11.2 3 Willie Hurst 10 44 3.6 0
Bobby Newcombe 14 82 5.6 3 Maurice Shaw 7 27 3.6 0
Joel Mackovicka 11 65 5.9 0 Marques Tuiasosopo 1 19 19.0 0
Name Rec Yds Long TD Name Rec Yds Long TD
Shevin Wiggins 2 45 42 0 Dane Looker 7 77 25 0
Matt Davison 1 12 12 0 Gerald Hams 3 24 11 0
Sheldon Jackson 1 18 18 0 Andre DeSuassure 2 36 28 0
Name Comp Att Yds TD Name Comp Att Yds TD
Bobby Newcombe 5 8 84 0 Brock Huard 18 32 160 1
Marques Tuiasosopo 2 8 16 0
Game StatS Nebraska Wash Nebraska Wash
First downs 29 16 Fumbles lost 2 3
Rushing attempts 68 31 Interceptions 3 0
Rushing yards 434 97 Penalties / yards 7/59 12/114
Passing attempts 9 41 Punt returns / yards 3/40 1/10
Passing completions 6 20 Kickoff returns / yards 1/14 4/122
Passing yards 93 176 Time of possession 30:45 29:15
Total yards 527 273 Sacks /yards 3/17 0/0
Scoring Summary Nebraska 21 14 20 0 55
Washington 0 7 0 0 7
Team Qtr Scoring play Plays-yards Score
NU 1 B. Newcombe 3 yard run 11- 82 7 0
NU 1 D. Evans 60 yard run 1-60 14 0
NU 1 D. Evans 14 yard run 2-22 21 0
NU 2 D. Evans 19 yard run 7 - 90 28 0
NU 2 C. Buckhalter 3 yard run 6-60 35 0
Wash 2 J. Jarzynka 6 yard pass from Huard 10 -65 35
NU 3 B. Newcombe 2 yard run 2 -4 42 7
NU 3 B. Newcombe 2 yard run 6-19 49 7
NU 3 W. Miller 1 yard run 10-56 55 7
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