LINCOLN - Not even one of the nation's best teams can slow Nebraska I-back Ahman Green.
Earning his second straight start against No. 8 Kansas State Saturday, the freshman out of Omaha Central shredded the nation's No. 1-rated defense for 109 yards on 22 carries to help second-ranked Nebraska pound on the Wildcats 49-25.
Green, who had two touchdown receptions from quarterback Tommie Frazier, upped his season rushing total to 724 yards, becoming the Huskers' second-leading all-time freshman rusher.
Green, who leads all Husker I-backs in rushing this season, needs just 176 more yards to surpass Calvin Jones as the all-time leader. Nebraska has four games remaining.
"I never thought I would be leading Nebraska in rushing this season," Green said. "Before the season, coach (Tom) Osborne told me I would get some playing time. But I never thought it would turn out like this."
Neither did anyone else on the team. After all, Nebraska had its top three I-backs from last year return this season.
But after injuries slowed junior Damon Benning and senior Clinton Childs, and with Heisman Trophy candidate Lawrence Phillips still suspended, Green took over the starting role last week against Missouri.
It was scary at first, he said, but now he feels comfortable being the main man on the team that leads the nation in rushing.
"I was nervous when I made my first start," Green said. "But today, things went a lot smoother. I really wanted to get in the end zone."
With the possibility of Phillips returning soon, does Green worry about a demotion?
"No," he said. "If it were up to me, I would bring (Phillips) back as soon as possible. He's taught me a lot.
"It doesn't matter who starts. "