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Sunday, November 10, 2002

KU Football Notebook

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  • Bass vocalist Greg Ryerson, of Freemont, Neb., bungled the National Anthem before the game. Ryerson sang "how proudly we watched" during the first verse and then stopped singing for about 30 seconds. His delay resulted in the Veteran's Day flyover salute occurring before the end of the anthem.
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  • With Nebraska's 14 points in the first quarter, Kansas has now been outscored 116-23 in the opening period.
  • NU quarterback Jammal Lord became the third Nebraska quarterback in the past six years to pass and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season, joining Scott Frost (1997) and Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch (2001).
  • Nebraska senior Troy Hassebroek was named Homecoming king during halftime. Hassebroek, a wingback for the Cornhuskers, is the first football player to win the award.
  • KU junior Bobby Birhiray, who had his first career interception against Kansas State last week, started at right cornerback.
  • KU quarterback Jonas Weatherbie's 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Byron Gasaway was a career-high for the two seniors. Gasaway has caught a pass in 13 straight games, including all 11 this year.
  • Kansas and Nebraska have now played 97 straight seasons, the longest current continuous series in Div. I. Nebraska leads the series, 85-21-3.
  • The Cornhuskers are now 68-19-4 in Homecoming games, including 34 straight wins.
  • Nebraska has now won 34 consecutive games against the Jayhawks - 16 straight at home. Nebraska's victory also made the Cornhuskers eligible for a an NCAA-record 34th straight bowl game.
  • Jerry Anderson and Mike McCarthy, scouts for the MainStay Independence Bowl, attended Saturday's game. Representatives from the Independence Bowl, which features a team from the Big 12 against a Southeastern Conference foe, attended each Big 12 game Saturday.
  • Saturday's attendance was 77,351, Nebraska's 245 straight sellout - an NCAA record. The last non-sellout for the Cornhuskers was Nov. 3, 1962 against Missouri.
  • Game time temperature was 59 degrees with a wind of 8 mph out of the south.
  • David McMillan's first-quarter interception was the first of his career.
  • Kansas fumbled six times for the second straight game. The Jayhawks lost just one this week, compared to five lost against Kansas State.
  • Kansas dropped to 0-7 in the Big 12, the team's worst league record since 1986.

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