Jayhawks Hammer Huskers 76-39

Kansas defeated Nebraska 76-39 Saturday afternoon in Lawrence. The Huskers have now lost five straight for the first time since 1958.

Dominating the once-mighty Huskers like never before, Todd Reesing threw a school-record six touchdown passes, keeping the surprising Jayhawks in the national championship picture.

Kansas (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) rolled up the most points ever scored against Nebraska in its 117-year football history. With their five-game losing streak, Nebraska (4-6, 1-5) appears to be coming to pieces in the fourth season of embattled coach Bill Callahan.

"People continue to look at the past history and the past records teams have had against us," said Reesing, who was 30-of-41 for 354 yards.

"That has no effect on us. It's a whole new season. You can't just look in the past. Our team doesn't. We're a whole new team."

Reesing shattered Kansas' single-season record with 23 touchdown passes and directed touchdown drives on 10 straight possessions as the Jayhawks went to 9-0 for the first time since 1908.

Interim Athletic Director and former coach Tom Osborne watched the game from a pressbox suite. A school spokesman said he would have no comment. Osborne spoke briefly to Callahan following the game, but declined to meet with reporters.

"There's really no words to explain this loss. They out-executed us in all phases today," said Callahan. "We are just going to keep working. As coaches, we are just going to keep working, coaching and motivating. We need to help the players get through this because this is a tough time for us."

Kansas coach Mark Mangino admits the Jayhawks are exceeding even his expectations. "I thought we had a chance to have a really good football team. Those kids have stepped up and developed and here we are."

Brandon McAnderson ran for 119 yards and tied a school record with four rushing TDs for Kansas, which was picked fourth in the Big 12 North.

"Coach Mangino has instilled an attitude on us, this is KU 2007," McAnderson said. "When you put it like that, history doesn't matter. Put up against us, there's been a lot of history how, `You guys haven't won road games, you haven't beaten them, or them.' There's all kinds of stats about when you can't do something. But history doesn't matter."

The previous record for points given up by Nebraska was 70, to Texas Tech on Oct. 9, 2004, Callahan's fifth game as coach.

"You would never think a team would score 76 on you," Nebraska safety Bryan Wilson said. "We came in with a good scheme. We thought we could take advantage against them in some areas."

Kansas had lost 37-of-38 to Nebraska. The average score from 1971-2000 was 47-7 and only once since 1974 had Kansas even come into the game with the better record.

Playing before a Memorial Stadium record crowd of 51,910, Kansas scored on its last seven possessions of the first half and its first three of the second.

In what must be another embarrassing note for Nebraska, Reesing could be in line to become the fifth player in a row named Big 12 offensive player of the week after playing the Huskers.

Reesing, a sophomore who has not thrown an interception in his last 128 attempts, still has not lost as a college starter. He threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to Kerry Meier, 26 yards to Jake Sharp, five yards to Marcus Henry and 13 yards to Dezmon Briscoe as Kansas roared to a 48-24 halftime lead, setting a record for most points against the Huskers in the first two quarters.

Virtually as unstoppable in the second half as he had been in the first, and playing until only a few minutes remained on the game clock, Reesing connected with Briscoe on touchdown strikes of 14 and nine yards in the second half. McAnderson scored on runs of two, nine, one and six yards.

"It was obviously one of those games you're never going to forget," Reesing said. "Any time you can score over 70 points on a great team like Nebraska, it's unbelievable. We're ecstatic."

Joe Ganz, making his first start at quarterback for Nebraska following the season-ending injury last week to Sam Keller, was 25-of-50 for 405 yards and four touchdowns, but was also intercepted four times.

Maurice Purify caught seven balls for 158 yards and three TDs.

A slew of team and individual records took a tumble Saturday.

Team records tied or broken:

  • The 76 points were the most ever allowed by Nebraska
  • Kansas' 48 first-half points were the most allowed after two quarters by Nebraska
  • The combined 115 points were the most in a game involving Kansas, and most in a Nebraska game since World War II
  • Kansas' 34 first downs tied the school record set against Washington, Mo., in 1923
  • Kansas broke the school season-scoring record of 384 points set in 2003
  • The attendance of 51,821 was a record for Memorial Stadium

    Individual records tied or broken:

  • Todd Reesing set the Kansas single-game record with six touchdown passes
  • Reesing set the school season record with 23 touchdown passes
  • Marcus Herford set the Kansas single-game record with 203 kick return yards
  • Brandon McAnderson's four touchdowns rushing tied the Kansas record
  • Scott Webb broke the season record for extra points with 49 and tied the single-game record with 10
  • Marlon Lucky set the Nebraska single-season receptions record with 61

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