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Sunday, November 10, 2002

Huskers run wild on Jayhawks

Nebraska rushes for 350 yards in lopsided victory

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— A 7-4 record isn't typical for the University of Nebraska football team.

More than 350 yards rushing and a 45-7 victory against Kansas University on Saturday at Memorial Stadium looked pretty familiar, though.

The Cornhuskers (7-4 overall, 3-3 Big 12) averaged 6.3 yards per carry and, for the first time this season, had two running backs rush for more than 100 yards each in Nebraska's 34th straight victory against Kansas (2-9, 0-7).

Freshman I-back David Horne led Nebraska with 122 yards on nine carries, an average of 13.6 yards per rush.

Dahrran Diedrick carried 12 times for 107 yards.

"They've got some moves, they've got speed and they've got power," Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord said of the backs. "They can do it all, and they showed it today."

Nearly half of Horne's yards came on back-to-back 30-yard runs in the first quarter, two of Nebraska's five runs of 25 yards or more. Horne scored on the second rush, giving Nebraska a 14-7 lead.

"It was just a pitch play," Horne said. "The offensive line did its job, and I just read my keys, hit the crease and went to the zone."

Diedrick - he had a 53-yard touchdown run in the first quarter - topped the 100-yard mark for the first time all season. Diedrick, Horne and Lord all credited the Cornhuskers' running success to the offensive line, which Diedrick said gained confidence after close games against Texas Tech and Texas.

Nebraska's offensive linemen opened holes for nine different rushers, but they were especially focused on Diedrick's total.

"I found out Dahrran was out for the game," center John Garrison said, "and the first thing I did was go over and ask if he got to 100 yards. It's been somewhat disappointing to him in terms of reaching 100 yards this year, so it's good to see that."

NU's passing wasn't as effective. Lord completed just 4 of 10 passes for 59 yards and an interception.

"There were a few passes that weren't perfect spirals," Nebraska coach Frank Solich said, "and maybe he floated a little bit on the (interception). But, I think that all in all he came through with a very good game again."

Lord made the most of his few completions, throwing TDs on two of them - a 27-yarder to Wilson Thomas in the second quarter and 12-yarder to Aaron Golliday in the third.

Solich knows his team will have to improve its passing before facing Kansas State next week in Manhattan and playing host to Colorado on Nov. 29.

"Those are excellent football teams we'll be facing," Solich said. "We'll need to be operating at full efficiency on both sides of the ball."

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