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Husker History Highlights - October 28

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The Jayhawks had the Cornhuskers on the ropes in 1999, but Bobby Newcombe's 86-yard punt return for a touchdown helped turn the tide in a 24-17 Husker triumph. (TED KIRK/Lincoln Journal Star file photo)

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86 yards: Newcombe answers wake-up call

Oct. 30, 1999 (Huskers 24, Kansas 17)

They say everything’s bigger in Texas. That must include hangovers.

How else do you explain why the Huskers were losing to lowly Kansas late in the third quarter in 1999?

A week earlier, then-No. 3 Nebraska had fumbled away (quite literally) its chance for an unbeaten season and national championship with a 24-20 loss at Texas. The Huskers followed with a trip to Lawrence and sleepwalked through nearly three quarters before Bobby Newcombe woke 'em up.

Kansas led 9-3, having already scored more points than it had totaled in its previous three games against the Huskers. Newcombe fielded a KU punt between the hash marks, then was never touched as he bolted up the middle and sped to his right and down the Nebraska sideline.

The Huskers, who had only 69 first-half yards of offense, finally had the lead with 2:14 remaining in the third quarter but weren’t out of danger.

KU had forced a 17-17 tie in the fourth quarter when Newcombe saved the day a second time. He hauled in a 49-yard TD pass from Eric Crouch with 3:24 left in the game to give Nebraska a 24-17 victory – its 31st in a row over Kansas.

The best Husker team of the Frank Solich era finished 12-1 and defeated Tennessee in the Fiesta Bowl.

Oh, and the Huskers also avenged that loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship game — the last time Nebraska won a conference championship in football.

 

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