NCAA Game Summary - Nebraska at Kansas State |
(Saturday, October 14th)
Final Score: (21) Nebraska 21, Kansas State 3
Manhattan, KS (Sports Network) - Zac Taylor completed 12-of-21 passes for 149
yards and a touchdown, as the 21st-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers continued their
winning ways with a 21-3 rout of the Kansas State Wildcats in a Big 12
Maurice Purify caught four balls for 73 yards for the Cornhuskers (6-1, 3-0
Big 12), who won their fourth straight and ended a four-game losing streak in
Manhattan. Nate Swift added 29 yards on two catches. Brandon Jackson rushed
for 92 yards on 16 carries, and Marlon Lucky added 71 yards on 12 attempts
with a score for the Huskers, who won their 800th game.
"First off, it's great to be part of the 800th win in Nebraska football
history," Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said. "It's a definite milestone and
something that we're very proud to contribute to tonight. We're awfully proud
of the way our players performed tonight."
Josh Freeman completed 23-of-47 passes for 272 yards with two interceptions
for the Wildcats (4-3, 1-2), who have dropped three of four. Jermaine Moreira
had six receptions for 86 yards, and Daniel Gonzalez caught four balls for 72
yards with a 38-yard run.
"We faced a very good team tonight - a team that's dominant running the
football, which we expected," Kansas State coach Ron Prince said. "I thought
giving our defense that many plays on the field would really damage us and
would be too much to hold up against."
Nebraska scored a touchdown in the first and second quarters. On Nebraska's
opening drive, Jackson broke free for 48 yards and, four plays later, Jake
Wesch completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Teafatiller on a fake field
goal with 11:06 left in the first.
At about the same time in the second, Taylor completed a three-yard touchdown
pass to Josh Mueller for a 14-0 lead.
The Cornhuskers made it 21-0 with 8:55 to go in the third when Lucky broke
free for a 40-yard touchdown run down the middle. He got lucky that on the
previous play, Purify's 32-yard catch originally ruled a fumble was
Kansas State finally got going when Jeff Snodgrass converted a 53-yard field
goal with 4:44 left in the third for the final margin.
The Wildcats blew an opportunity to score midway through the fourth. Leon
Patton had a three-yard scamper to the one, however the Huskers stopped him
for a two-yard loss on third down and Freeman's fourth-down pass to Jordy
Nelson was incomplete.
The Wildcats had their final drive abruptly curtailed when a Freeman pass got
intercepted by Ricky Thenarse, who returned it to the K-State 37 and Nebraska
ran out the clock thereafter.
Nebraska became just the fourth program in history to reach the 800-win
plateau, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas...Nebraska holds a commanding
74-15-2 advantage in the all-time series with K- State, including a hard-
fought 27-25 triumph over the Wildcats last season.
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