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Lincoln Journal Star
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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