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Nebraska wins ground war

By Kevin Zadina / The Independent

LINCOLN - Kansas State came into Memorial Stadium with the nation's third-ranked total defense. The Wildcats were only giving up 114 yards a game rushing.

Nebraska came into the Saturday's Big 12 Conference opener leading the nation in rushing at 406 yards a game.

The Huskers showed the Wildcats a strong game on the ground as they won for the 29th straight time over K-State 56-26.

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Scott Frost tries to run from the grasp of Kansas State defensive back Lamar Chapman during the first quarter.
Husker fullback Joel Makovicka, who led the ground attack with a career-high 129 yards against the Washington, was held in check up the middle only gaining 18 on seven carries against Kansas State.

Ahman Green turned the Nebraska running game on in the second half. He rushed for 193 yards on 20 carries and scored four touchdowns on runs of 25, 7, 59 and 50 yards.

Nebraska ran for a total of 379 yards with much of it coming from around the end. Kansas State had only given up 342 to its first three opponents and only 86 in the last two games.

Makovicka said Kansas State keyed on the inside game, which slowed the senior fullback, but opened up the outside.

"They wanted to stop the fullback traps up the middle, so they were slanting really hard. Once people start doing that our option and outside game is going to work," Makovicka said.

"We knew a lot of team were going to watch the Washington game and Kansas State brought their corners up tight and linebacker flowed well on any fullback action, but again that opened up the outside game."

Makovicka said Green is just doing what he capable of from the I-back position.

"He just carried it over from Washington. He showed his speed and agility tonight on the long runs and you should see a lot more of that in the future," Makovicka said.

Green was the first player to score four touchdowns in a game since Lawrence Phillips in 1995. The junior was coming off a 129-yard performance against Washington and his 193-yard game was his 11th career game over 100 yards. Green's career high is 214 yards.

Green's 59-yard touchdown with 10:01 left in the third quarter was the longest run by a Husker this year.

Green, who had 67 yards on 14 carries in the first half, said the Nebraska offensive line just keeps pounding opponents down.

"Every defense starts tough against us, but after awhile we just start to wear teams down," Green said.

Scott Frost paced the Nebraska rushing attack in the first half with 88 yards. The senior ended the game with 98 yards on 17 carries.

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