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True freshman I-back DeAngelo Evans -- who rushed 21 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns -- was named the Chevrolet Most Valuable Player of the Game on ABC-TV's regional telecast.

Nebraska running backs coach Frank Solich said he never heard the Kansas State fans' booing that followed each of Evans' carries. ''I hope people boo him for the next four years," Solich said with a smile.

Nebraska's Jared Tomich, Jason Peter and Grant Wistrom walked to the southeast part of the stadium immediately after the game and waived to the red-clad Nebraska fans as a way of saying ''thank you."

Nebraska free safety Eric Stokes said the Huskers' linemen and linebackers made the secondary's job easy on day in which Kansas State quarterbacks completed only 8 of 28 passes for 61 yards, with three interceptions. ''We had outstanding pressure from our front seven; that made our job (in the secondary) so darn easy," Stokes said. ''(Brian) Kavanagh was completely confused with our disguises and coverages."

On the injury front, Nebraska is particularly hard hit at fullback, where the top three players are injured. Brian Schuster has a sore neck, Joel Makovicka a strained shoulder and sore hamstring and Billy Legate a sore hamstring. In addition, No. 1 I-back Ahman Green suffered a turf-toe injury that Coach Tom Osborne said was ''pretty serious."

Nebraska won its first-ever Big 12 Conference game, but it was the Huskers' 24th straight league win overall. They have now won 37 straight games in October, dating to 1986.

Nebraska -- which had three interceptions -- has now intercepted at least one pass in 11 straight games. In addition, it marked the third time this year (in four games) that NU has picked off two or more passes.

The Huskers are now an amazing 258-1 when scoring 35 points or more.

Nebraska had three sacks, marking the 32nd straight game it has recorded at least one sack.

It's a rush: Nebraska had 341 yards rushing, marking the 71st straight game NU has won when rushing for 300-plus yards. Under Osborne, NU is 149-5 when rushing for 300-yards plus. Meantime, Kansas State had 25 yards rushing after producing negative ground yardage against Nebraska in 1995 (minus-19) and 1994 (minus-7).

Secondary coach George Darlington got a little excited before halftime, and it wasn't just because Nebraska was winning.

Darlington and some other NU coaches were trying to get from the press box down to the field in the final two minutes, but even though Big 12 Conference rules call for elevators to be held for coaches of both teams, officials wouldn't let the NU coaches on. Darlington exchanged some words and then took the stairs to the locker room.
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