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A 56-26 victory over Kansas
State Saturday at Memorial
Stadium marked Nebraska’s 39th
consecutive home win, a streak
that leads the nation and ranks
seventh all time. The win gave
NU coach Tom Osborne his 246th
career victory and 25th consecu
tive win over Kansas State.
Nebraska won its second
game against a ranked opponent
this season, improving Osborne’s
record against ranked teams to
59-37-1. The Huskers are now
16-2 against ranked foes over the
last five seasons.
I-back Ahman Green’s 25
yard touchdown run in the first
quarter, which capped
Nebraska’s first drive, marked
the first time Kansas State has
trailed this season. Green rushed
for 193 yards - the most allowed
by the Wildcats since NU I-back
DeAngelo Evans scampered for
168 last season in Manhattan,
With 1:20 remaining in the
second^quarter, Nebraska quar
terback Scott Frost ended his
school-record streak of consecu
tive attempts without an inter
ception. Frost had gone eight
games and had attempted 153
passes before KSU strong safety
Cephus Scott picked him off.
Frost completed 6 of 13 pass
es for 94 yards against the
Wildcats and moved to 10th
among the Huskers all-time
passing leaders with 1,809 yards. |
Nebraska senior rush end
Grant Wistrom twice tackled
KSU for a loss and took over the
school lead for tackles behind
the line of scrimmage. The
Lombardi Award semifinalist has
now recorded 45^ tackles for
losses, passing Trev Alberts’ 45.
Wistrom recorded five tackles
against the Wildcats, and now
has 15 tackles this season.
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True freshman Erin Swiney
and junior Eric Johnson both
started their first game for
Nebraska Saturday. Swiney start
ed at left cornerback in place of
sophomore Jerome Peterson and
recorded four tackles. Johnson
filled in at Will linebacker for
the injured Octavious McFaflin,. .
who was out with £a ankle
Freshman I-back Dan
Alexander carried the ball for the
first time of his career against
Kansas State, rushing five times
for 12 yards. After redshirting
last season, Alexander was side
lined with an anterior cruciate
ligament injury, which he suf
fered last spring, and a toe injury
Bobby Newcombe* a true
freshman, played wingback for
the first time Saturday.
Newcombe had seen time as the
thircl-string quarterback but was
moved to wingback last week.
He rushed one time for 25 yards:
Game day Notebook com
piled by senior reporters David
Wilson and Antone Oseka.
JASON PETER celebrates after tackling Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop in the third quarter of Saturday’s 56-26 NO win.
Huskers tame K-State
Green runs for 193 yards under new stadium lights
Behind a 193-yard rushing effort
from I-back Ahman (keen, Nebraska
puta “dangerous” Kansas State team to
rest Saturday night, 56-26 at Manorial
Third-ranked Nebraska (4-0 over
all and 1-0 in the Big 12) never trailed
in the contest; as Green broke a 25-yard
touchdown run to start the scoring just
tnore than five minutes into me game.
Three minutes, 40 seconds later,
KSU(3-1 and 0-1) answered when run
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Kansas State’s only score in the first
half, a one-yard touchdown run. A
botched extra point allowed Nebraska
to lead 7-fiu That was as close aslhe
Wildcats got for the re^tofthegame.
Husker junior place kicker .Kris
Brown added two field goals to bump
NtJ’s lead to 13-6 before senior quar
terback Scott Frost took the ball four
yards by himself for# touchdown, giv
ing Nebraska a 20-6 lead at halftime.
“This is a nice hurdle to have
behind %s,” Nebraska coach Tom
Osbome said after NU improved to 7-1
, in home night games before a crowd of
75,856. “But we’re still not out of the
woods yet as a football team.”
Nebraska senior defensive tackle
JasohPeter said the rest of the schedule
is still going to be a struggle for the.
Huskers. Nebraska has to get better
every W&&* P«ter said, because other
teams will be getting better.
“They’re not just sitting at school
and taking classes,” Peter sard.
“They’re out practicing, too.”
Green exploded in the third quarter,
scoring all three Nebraska touchdowns
to give Nebraska a 41-6 lead. Green’s
first touchdown of the second half
came with 11:29 left in the third quarter
as he took the ball, seven yards for the
score. Green’s four-touchdown perfor
mance was the first of his careen
His next two touchdowns were a lit
tle longer. On the next series, Green
and the Husker offense were only on
the field for 11 seconds. The junior -
-from Omaha Central took the ball at
NU’s 41-yard line and sprinted 59
yards down die sideline for the touch
down, giving Nebraska a 34-6 lead.
On the Huskers’ next possession* f
NU freshman Bobby Newcombe ran a
25-yard reverse to midfield before
Green ran over the left side 50 yards to
give NU a 41-6 lead.
Green was modest after the game, / j
giving most of the credit to his often* «
sive line. f
* *, “I can’t do this by myself,” Green
said. “I need 1ft other guys out there
On the reverse play that set up
Green’s 50*yard score, the biggest
block came from Frost. He said that
Nebraska has been working op. the
reverse for several weeks, andneipiew
he had to become a blocker.
* N ‘‘In practice, I usually get to block
the rush ends, who I match up with size
wise,” the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Frost
said'“This time; big No. 77 was lum
benngatme. I just had to duck my head
and do the best I could.”
Frost’s crack-back block on
Damion McIntosh, a 6-4,290-pound
sophomore, sprung Newcombe up the
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C0R8ELL BUCKHALTER gives a young fan a souvenir wristband Saturday.
“I think we’re a good team. I’m not
afraid to say that,” Frost said. “I think
we’re as good a team as there is out
there. just need to keep playing hard
and wfijniog ball games. Everything
will shajp out in the end, and the best
teams will be playing each other.”
After Green\ 50-yard score,
Hickson took the ball 13 yards for a
touchdown. KSU^ twd*poinrconver
sion failed, leaving the gamegt 41-12.
Nebraska’s Jay Sims returned to
action inlhe game after suffering a
knee injury during fall camp. He
pounded through the line to get his first
touchdown of the season, a five-yard
score with 11:03 left in the game.
Michael Bishop, KSU quarterback, N]
answered with a four-yard run of his
own and added the two-point conver
sion to put the game at 48-20.
Two minutes later, Bishop threw an \
interception to Nebraska freshman
rover Joe Walker. Walker took off with
die ball and didn’t stop until he found
die end zone, 71 yards later. Nebraska
added a safety with 3:45 left in the
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