October 1, 2006

The final breakdown of Saturday's Kansas game

Momentum is often the word that describes the college game and on Saturday against Kansas Memorial Stadium may have seen the more momentum swings than ever before.

After having leads of 17-0 and 24-7 in the first half it appeared the Nebraska football team was well on their way to an easy victory over Kansas. However, the Jayhawks clawed their way back into the game to take a 25-24 lead in the fourth quarter before eventually falling to the Huskers 39-22 in overtime.

Kansas found ways to take Nebraska's offense out of rhythm on Saturday and KU's defense wore the Blackshirts down by having the ball for 94 plays and nearly 34 minutes. The 94 plays ran by the Jayhawks are the most plays a team has ever had against Nebraska before.

"I think we took ourselves out of rhythm in the second half," NU head coach Bill Callahan said. "I felt that we had some turnovers that allowed Kansas to get right back in it. We turned the ball over on the short-field conversion, and then we turned the ball over at midfield. I think it was a 10-point swing right there in that third quarter.

"I really felt that hurt us when we were trying to control the clock and the time by running the ball. We were making some huge runs, but consequently, they were efficient and executed some timely turnovers against our backs. It became a dogfight. You'll get into those types of situations in conference competition. That's the nature of the North Division."

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