What an absolutely miserable time to be a Nebraska Cornhusker student or fan. I think it is safe to say that a) Bill Callahan is not coming back, and b) Tom Osborne has a lot of work to do.
The Huskers entered this week coming off a 28-25 loss to Texas, which was a nice change of pace, playing a close game against a ranked opponent - as opposed to their previous three games, where they lost by an average of 41-11, including twice to unranked teams. However, as nice as it was to play a good, close game against Texas, it still marked the first time in school history that the Husker football team lost four games in a row.
This week wasn't much better. On the bright side, WR Marcus Purify tied the school's single-season reception record at 61 with two games left, so he's almost certain to break it. Also, QB Joe Ganz threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns. Sadly, that's all the bright side I've got.
Enough depression, since this game was just as much about Nebraska's free-fall as it was about Kansas' continued success. The Jayhawks, who now boast a top ten ranking in offense, defense, and the national ranking, could do no wrong today. QB Todd Reesing finished the day 30-41 for 354 yards and six touchdowns, RB Brandon McAnderson carried the ball 25 times for 119 yards and another four touchdowns, and Marcus Herford returned six kickoffs for a total of 203 yards.
Things started off well enough for Nebraska. They forced Kansas into a three-and-out on their opening drive, and Kansas shanked the punt, leaving only 46 yards before Nebraska took a 7-0 lead. Unfortunately, Kansas scored on every single possession the rest of the first half, and Nebraska only notched three scores, and by halftime, it was 48-24 Jayhawks.
Nebraska attempted to climb back in the game, driving 78 yards on the opening drive of the second half to cut the score to 48-31. Unfortunately, Kansas answered right back, and then Nebraska turned the ball over in each of their next four possessions, and Kansas only needed 93 yards of offense to run the score up to 76-31 with just over 11 minutes left in the game.