Senior placekicker Justin Langan became Western Illinois' top scoring kicker with career 269 points.

He connected on a 24-yard field goal, his 12th consecutive field goal and school-record 43rd of his career. He added two extra points and now has kicked 45 consecutive points-after-touchdown.

He is just two points shy of the school's overall career scoring record.

OFF TO GOOD START: The Leathernecks had just four interceptions during the entire 2003 football season. Western Illinois defenders combined for four Saturday against Nebraska.

Chris McNutt, Michael Woods, Marlon McLaughlin and Fu'ad Khaleel each intercepted Joe Dailey.

CAREER-LONG RETURN: James Norris returned a Husker kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. It was the longest return for a score by Norris.

"We had a right return on, so I weave to the middle to set it up," the 5-foot-8, 170-pound junior said. "As soon as I broke out to the right, it was wide-open and I was off to the races."

PRAISE FROM PATTERSON: Western Illinois coach Don Patterson said he knew, even if Nebraska fans weren't yet convinced, that the Huskers have a strong coaching staff.

"I want to congratulate Nebraska for the organization they put together," said the Western Illinois coach. "I'm sure Nebraska fans may have wondered what they were getting, but I knew they would have a strong group because I've known a bunch of them for a long time."

Patterson was equally impressed with the Nebraska fans.

"I hadn't been here since 1982 when I was with the Iowa Hawkeyes and you always hear about the Nebraska fans," he said. "They demonstrated great sportsmanship. The fans are great and are very knowledgeable."