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Nebraska tunes up attack for OU showdown


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- If No. 1 Nebraska was looking past Baylor to next week's game against third-ranked Oklahoma, it didn't show.

The Cornhuskers (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) scored on their first nine possessions and went on to a 59-0 victory.

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The Nebraska defense sacked Baylor quarterback Kerry Dixon three times Saturday.

"We really dominated from the start and really just didn't make any mistakes. I think our offense can do that to anyone," said Dan Alexander who rushed for 104 yards and scored twice in Nebraska's 38-point first quarter.

The Huskers outgained the Bears 189 yards to 1 in the opening quarter and didn't start a possession in their own territory. Nebraska's 38 points in the quarter topped the school record of 35, set three times, most recently against Iowa State in 1997.

It was Nebraska's most one-sided win since a 69-7 victory over Oklahoma in 1997. The No. 3 Sooners get their first rematch since the blowout when the Huskers visit Oklahoma next week.

"I know a lot of people were thinking about Oklahoma coming into this. I'm glad to get this one out of the way," center Dominic Raiola said. "We look at every game the same, but this one -- Oklahoma -- is one of those with something extra."

After sputtering with inconsistency in the first five games, the Huskers have outscored their last two opponents 115-3.

"We've stuck to basic Nebraska running the ball up the middle football," Alexander said. "When it comes to the hard games, we'll be able to put in some plays that you haven't seen the last couple of weeks."

With a 52-0 halftime lead, coach Frank Solich was able to rest most of his starters and keep them fresh for next week. The only offensive starters to play in the second half were the linemen, who were in for the opening drive of the third quarter.

Starting quarterback Eric Crouch played in just the first quarter, running five times for 46 yards and a touchdown. He was 2-for-6 passing for 23 yards.

"It was a game where we were able to rest some players. It came at a really good time for us," Solich said. "We're fortunate to be where we're at health wise and I think today probably helped that."

Solich said he would have liked to have seen the Huskers work more on their passing, but the game got out of hand too quickly and he didn't want to run the score up any higher.

Alexander had his fifth 100-yard game of the season, and Correll Buckhalter ran six times for 76 yards and two touchdowns.

Baylor finished with just 84 total yards, 5 rushing. The Bears, who lost to Texas Tech 28-0 and Texas A&M 24-0 coming into Saturday, have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since 1946.

Guy Tomcheck relieved starting quarterback Kerry Dixon and was just 7-for-26 for 79 yards. Chedrick Ricks led the Bears (2-5, 0-4) in rushing with 28 yards on six carries.

"Nebraska beat us in every phase of the ball game. They executed to perfection," Dixon said. "They showed why they're the No. 1 team."

The loss spoiled the return of Baylor coach Kevin Steele and assistant Tommie Frazier. Steele coached Nebraska's linebackers in the early 1990s and Frazier, Baylor's running backs coach, was the Huskers' quarterback when they won national titles in 1994 and '95.

"We played the No. 1 team in the nation," Steele said. "We know where we need to be to beat the best team in the country. You may not see it on the field, but internally we've got some things going that make us feel real good about the program."

No. 2 quarterback Jammal Lord made his earliest appearance this year, and the offense didn't skip a beat. Lord led the Huskers on a 12-play, 80-yard drive and capped it with a 2-yard TD run. Nebraska drove 87 yards in seven plays on its next possession, scoring on Buckhalter's 7-yard run with about two minutes left in the half.

"It was a little surprising. I thought their defense would come out and play harder. I'm not saying they didn't play hard, it must be something about our offense," Raiola said.

The Huskers had a 7-0 lead before their offense even took the field. On the fourth play of the game, Keyuo Craver blocked Adam Stiles' punt and was the first to pounce on it in the end zone.

Nebraska forced Baylor into another three-and-out and got the ball back at the Baylor 45. It took Alexander two plays to score again, running in easily from 15 yards out. He added a 2-yard TD run on Nebraska's next possession.

Crouch scored on an option-keeper from the 14 and Buckhalter had a 36-yard TD run that put Nebraska up 38-0 with 40 seconds left in the second quarter.

Josh Brown had a 33-yard field goal.

Third-team I-back Dahrran Diedrick scored on a 23-yard run in the third quarter for the only score of the second half.

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