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Kansas State punter James Garcia had five punts for a 40.6 yard average. He was replaced by Chad Romero after two puns. Romero never got his first punt off when he was tackled for a loss by Nebraska linebacker Terrell Farley on Kansas State's third possession. That led to a Nebraska field goal.
"It was just one of those days that wasn't to be," Garcia said. "I'd love to have it back but it's just one of those things. Nebraska really didn't rush too much, only their ends came but it seemed to work for them."
Romano agreed.
"We just had a bad day and the punt team had a few costly mistakes," he said. "Overall, it was just one of those days."
Kansas State players lamented the illness and expressed hope for their defensive coordinator Mike Cope. Cope was hospitalized this week after he was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago.
"Everyone wanted just to go out and win for him," Romano said.
Kansas State All-America cornerback Chris Canty said the entire team was praying for Cope.
"We really wanted to play our best for him. And we played pretty good defense all day, but for a few mistakes in the second half."
Kansas State managed just 86 yards of total offense, the lowest output for the Wildcats since the Kansas State-Colorado game in 1992, when the Buffaloes held the Wildcats to 16 yards of total offense and won 54-7.
The attendance of 43,915 was the third largest in KSU Stadium history.
Kansas State defensive end Nyle Wiren had one sack and is just 1.5 sacks shy of the Kansas State record of 24 held by Dirk Ochs.
Receiver Kevin Lockett has at least one catch in 37 consecutive games, a Kansas State record. Lockett needs 11 catches to break the school record for 185 catches by Michael Smith. He needs 35 catches and 729 yards to pass former Oklahoma State All-American hart Lee Dykes who held the Big Eight career records.
Kansas State offensive guard Ross Greenwood, who had to sit out the first half because he was involved in a fight in Kansas State's game with Rice, said he was impressed with Nebraska.
"They're just a good team. We didn't play to the level we can play. If you're going to dwell on the past it's going to affect your future."
Coach Bill Snyder said he doesn't plan major changes. "I think it comes back to doing the things you can do. We won't change our offense, we will just do better and do the things we can do.
"We didn't get much positives out of the game. It's hard to get very many mistakes corrected in only one week."


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