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Crouch sets records in Huskers’ rout - Nebraska 48, Iowa State 14

October 7, 2001

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— About all that's left on Eric Crouch's checklist is winning a national championship. The Nebraska senior has done just nearly everything else.

Crouch set an NCAA Division I-A record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback Saturday night, scoring four times to push his total to 51 as No. 4 Nebraska beat Iowa State, 48-14.

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch runs to the end zone. The Huskers
defeated Iowa State on Saturday at Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch runs to the end zone. The Huskers defeated Iowa State on Saturday at Lincoln, Neb.

"Some games I just see the end zone more than others," said Crouch, who learned in the second quarter that he had broken the mark of 49 set by Kareem Wilson of Ohio from 1995-98. "It was kind of a surprise to me. It was something I didn't expect to hear."

Crouch also set a Nebraska record for rushing touchdowns, passing 1983 Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier's 49, etching yet another spot in the Huskers' record book.

Crouch, already Nebraska's career leader in total yards, left the game at the end of the third quarter with Nebraska leading 41-14. He finished with 15 carries for 104 yards and needs 141 rushing yards to reach the 3,000-yard mark for his career.

It was Crouch's second straight 100-yard rushing game and the third time in a row he ran for two TDs or more.

Crouch also was 10-of-14 passing for 110 yards as the Cornhuskers (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored on five of their first six possessions.

"He is as good as there is in college football. He is a legitimate Heisman contender," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. "He is as complete a quarterback as I have seen the whole time I've coached college football."

Dahrran Diedrick had 15 carries for 107 yards and a TD and Keyuo Craver returned an interception for a TD.

Nebraska had 476 yards of offense to Iowa State's 336.

Seneca Wallace, who was averaging nearly 200 yards passing and 63 rushing, entering the game, was 13-for-29 for 214 yards with two interceptions. He had 14 carries for 45 yards.

The Cyclones (3-1, 1-1), who averaged 39 points in wins over Northern Iowa, Ohio and Baylor, were overwhelmed in their ninth straight loss to the Huskers.

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