Nebraska Wrap

(Steve Puppe file photo)

News and notes on Nebraska's 31-17 victory over Kansas in Lawrence Saturday afternoon, while looking ahead to KU's matchup with No. 2 Texas next Saturday in Austin and wondering if the Jayhawks (5-5) can snap their five-game losing streak and shock the college football world with an upset.

The Longhorns (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) beat Baylor today, 47-14, as Colt McCoy passed for two touchdowns and tied the NCAA record for career wins by a starting quarterback. McCoy is 42-7 during his time in Austin as the starting signal caller.

*The game was a sell-out crowd of 51,525 with a large contingent of NU fans. Average attendance at Memorial Stadium this season was 50,581, second in school history behind last year's average of 50,907. It was also the 12th time in the last 15 home game games that attendance was at least 50,000.

*This marked the final appearance at Memorial Stadium for 15 seniors. KU coach Mark Mangino praised the group afterwards.

"They've been great," Mangino said. "They're great kids who have worked hard and done everything we've asked of them. They are fun to be around. It's been a little bit of a tough stretch for them, but they've done great things here. I'm proud of them and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to coach them for these years."

*Senior Kerry Meier led all receivers with 10 catches for 127 yards. He's now recorded 10 or more catches for the 10th time in his career and also recorded 100-plus receiving yards for the tenth time. He moved into third place on the KU career receiving yardage list (2,209) and also moved past Jordy Nelson for 10th place on the Big 12 career receptions list with 207. His 83 receptions this season are third on KU's single-season list, just 14 shy of his school record 97 last year. He's now caught at least one pass in 33 straight games and at least two in 31 consecutive contests.

*Junior Dezmon Briscoe caught four passes for 77 yards and a TD, moving into eighth place on the Big 12 career receiving yardage list with 2,897. He also moved into fourth place on the KU single season receptions list with 65.

*Sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Spikes started at right guard for the first time in his career. He previously started at LT and RT.

*Freshman linebacker Huldon Tharp posted a career-high 13 tackles, bettering his previous high of 10 against Duke on Sept. 19. Harp, who's started the last six games, is fifth on the team with 56 tackles. Senior safety Darrell Stuckey ranks No. 1 with 73 tackles, including 50 solo stops. Stuckey had 11 tackles against Nebraska, recording his fourth game with 10 or more tackles this season.

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