Jayhawks Hit the Road for Big 12 Opener

Sept. 27, 2006

LAWRENCE, Kan. — The University of Kansas (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) opens the 2006 Big 12 Conference season on Saturday as the Jayhawks travel to Lincoln, Neb., for a matchup against the Cornhuskers (3-1, 0-0 Big 12). The contest, televised nationally by FoxSports Net, kicks off at 6 p.m. and represents the third-straight TV game for the Jayhawks.

Kansas improved to 3-1 on the year after defeating South Florida 13-7 in Lawrence on Sept. 23 in a game highlighted by outstanding defensive play. Following a scoreless first half, the Jayhawks took a 3-0 lead in the third quarter on a 37-yard field goal from junior Scott Webb. After USF took a 7-3 advantage, the Jayhawks outscored the Bulls 10-0 in the fourth quarter to claim victory.

No. 21 Nebraska enters the contest boasting the Big 12’s top scoring offense, averaging 42.8 points per game. NU is 3-0 at home this season, winning by an average score of 53.7-5.7 on its home turf. No. 4 USC handed Nebraska its only loss of the year — a 28-10 setback in Los Angeles.

KU / Nebraska Notes
The KU-NU series is tied for the third-longest in NCAA Division I-A history at 112 games, trailing only Minnesota-Wisconsin (115) and Kansas-Missouri (114) … The two teams have faced each other 100 consecutive years making it the longest current uninterrupted series in NCAA I-A history … KU’s 100th all-time football win was an 8-6 victory over NU in 1906 … Including Saturday night, five of the last eight meetings in the series with the Cornhuskers have been played at night … KU snapped a 36-year losing skid to the Cornhuskers last season, defeating NU 40-15 in Lawrence … Saturday’s contest marks the earliest ever meeting between the two school in the series (previous Oct. 2 in 2004).

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