LINCOLN — There are no such things as moral victories for Kansas coach Mark Mangino.
The Jayhawks haven't won in Lincoln since 1968, but they came awfully close Saturday night in a 39-32 overtime loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Kansas' 32 points were the most by a KU team in Lincoln since the 1899 team beat the Huskers 36-20.
The Jayhawks (3-2) trailed 17-0 in the first quarter, but came back to force overtime against the No. 21 Huskers.
"I want to tell you how proud I am of our team," Mangino said. "We made some mistakes early, had a deficit on the road (but) never gave up. We kept fighting and took the game into overtime.
"I'm very proud of our football team. We would have liked to have won. There's no such thing as moral victories. We're not playing horseshoes, so close doesn't count. We're disappointed we lost, but I can't help but tell you that I am very proud of my football team. They did a great job — just came up short."
Nebraska had the ball first in overtime. A 21-yard pass from Zac Taylor to Nate Swift gave the Huskers a first down on the 1-yard line.
Swift caught the ball as he was going out of bounds. Mangino challenged the call. Officials upheld the call on the field, so Mangino lost the one timeout he was allowed in overtime.
"I have one (timeout), so I might as well use it," Mangino said. "It's kind of like, 'No sense saving your money when you're going to die. You can't take it with you.' You might as well use it because I thought maybe perhaps he bobbled it. His feet were in. I could see that, but I thought maybe he didn't have possession when he went out of bounds."
Kansas senior quarterback Adam Barmann passed for 405 yards. It was the first time a KU quarterback had thrown for more than 400 yards since Bill Whittemore threw for 422 at Colorado on Oct. 11, 2003. His 27 completions tied him for fifth most in school history and were the most by a Kansas quarterback since Barmann completed 30 passes against Northwestern in 2004.
Barmann threw for 273 yards last week in a 13-7 win over South Florida.
The Jayhawks suffered a scare when linebacker Eric Washington was injured early in the third quarter. The game was delayed several minutes while medical staff worked on Washington.
"Eric is doing well," Mangino said. "It was scary for a moment. He briefly lost consciousness and then he didn't have any feeling in his extremities.
"We were very concerned, but the report that I got is that he's fine and he's gained all his feeling."
Mangino said the NU medical staff did a great job on Washington.
"Their medical staff did an outstanding job with preparing Eric and transporting him to make sure everything was done properly along with our doctors, too," Mangino said. "But I want to give thanks to the University of Nebraska medical team for their help. They were very good."
Mangino also gave credit to the Husker football team.
"They won a hard-fought game here tonight. It was a very good college game and credit to them," Mangino said. "They were able to come out on top in what was a knock-down, drag-out affair."
The Huskers had outscored Kansas 43-8 in Lincoln since 1969, and are now 20-0 against unranked opponents in night games.
Kansas is now 5-36 all-time in Big 12 road games, including 1-16 under Mangino, who is now in his fifth year with the Jayhawks.
That record includes a 37-31 double-overtime loss to Toledo two weeks ago. KU has now lost six straight road games since winning at Missouri in the last game of the 2004 season.
Their road losses were by 13, 9, 31 and 52 points in 2005.