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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, November 24, 2001

Nebraska falls to Colorado, 62-36

By John Mossman
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. — Punished by an unprecedented scoring onslaught, Nebraska tumbled out of the national title chase.

Nebraska’s Thunder Collins is buried by Colorado defenders after a short gain in the first quarter.

Associated Press

A 32-point deficit — and Chris Brown's record-setting six touchdowns — proved too much even for the powerful Cornhuskers to overcome.

Colorado's explosive offense raced to a 35-3 lead early in the second quarter, and the No. 14 Buffaloes withstood a mid-game rally to upset the No. 2 Cornhuskers 62-36 yesterday.

Brown ran for three of his school-record six TDs in the fourth quarter as Colorado (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) won the Big 12 North to advance to the league's championship game Dec. 1.

It was the most points ever scored against Nebraska, eclipsing the 61 points by Minnesota in 1945.

"You never think it will go like this, obviously," Colorado coach Gary Barnett said. "But every once in a while, it all works."

The loss crippled Nebraska's hopes for a sixth national championship. Nebraska (11-1, 7-1) had been No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series ratings for the past four weeks.

"We really had a big dream," Nebraska's Heisman Trophy-contending quarterback Eric Crouch said. "Those are over with now. This is going to be a tough one to swallow."

Brown's fourth TD run with 12:50 remaining capped a 93-yard drive, giving Colorado a 49-30 lead after the Huskers had cut the deficit to 12 points.

"That drive was crucial," quarterback Bobby Pesavento said. "If we hadn't gotten that, the momentum would have stayed on their side."