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BEAT GOES ON: The Nebraska Cornhuskers improved to 4-0, after defeating No. 16/17 Kansas State (3-1) in Lincoln in a conference opener for both schools. The win extended Nebraska's win streak over the Wildcats to 29 straight (25 under NU Head Coach Tom Osborne). The win extended Nebraska's home winning streak to 39 games, the nation's longest current streak, which is now seventh longest all time. It was Nebraska's 217th consecutive sellout dating back to 1964. It was NU's second consecutive win over a ranked team this season, having defeated Washington on Sept. 20. NU is 59-37-1 under Osborne vs. ranked teams, 26-12 at home and 16-2 vs. ranked foes in the last four-plus seasons.

NO PASSING ZONE: For the second straight game the Huskers scored on their first drive of the game without using a pass. Nebraska went 80 yards - all on the ground - in its win over Washington and did the same Saturday in its first drive on an Ahman Green 25-yard run. K-State answered with a 1-yard run by Eric Hickson. For the third time in four years in the series, K-State scored a TD to cut Nebraska's lead to 7-6, but missed (or failed) the extra point. ...NU held an 11:05-3:55 first-quarter possession time advantage (33:17-26:43 in the game). ...After completing its first two passes of the game, K-State missed the next seven.

GREEN REPORT: On the first play of the game, Ahman Green rushed for a 7-yard gain and never looked back. Green rushed for more than 100 yards for the 11th time in his career, third time this year. It marked the second time in his career that he has scored three rushing TDs, but was the first time for four - he had three vs. Iowa State as a true freshman.

Green scored the first TD of the game on NU's first drive on a 25-yard run with 9:56 remaining in the first. He scored on a 7-yard run on NU's first drive of the second half to give NU a 27-6 lead, and scored a team season TD run with a 59-yard jaunt on NU's second possession of the second half on the first play of the series. That run put him over the 100-yard mark with 140 yards on 17 carries at the 10-minute mark in the third quarter.

Green scored his fourth TD on a 50-yard run with 5:30 in the third, which put NU up 41-6. It marks the first time Green has scored four TDs and the first time for the Huskers since Lawrence Phillips scored four at Michigan State in 1995. The junior now has 379 carries for 2, 537 yards in his career with 26 touchdowns, he has 83-534 and seven TDs this season.

Green moved up to seventh on the NU career rushing chart, passing No. 9 Roger Craig (2,446, 1979-1982), No. 8 Rick Berns (2,449, 1976-78) and No. 7 Keith Jones (2, 488, 1984-87). Green finished with 19 carries for 192 yards, his best career total behind the 214 he had vs. Iowa State last year. His 26 TDs rank in a tie for seventh best all-time at NU.

OCTOBER FROST: Wood River graduate Scott Frost rushed 17 times for 98 yards and one TD (370 yards rushing in four games) and completed 6 of 13 passes for 94 yards with one interception. In his career, Frost has now passed for 1,809 yards to move up from 13th to 10th, passing Dennis Claridge (1733, 1961-63), Frank Patrick (1,760 from 1967-69) and Brook Berringer (1,769, 1992-95).

Frost's school-record streak of consecutive attempts without an interception ended with 1:20 remaining in the second quarter. Frost had gone eight full games and part of a ninth - 155 attempts (seven against K-State and 35 quarters before throwing the interception. Since Frost's last interception against Oklahoma in November of 1996, the Husker defense had picked off 14, including one in the first quarter of Saturday's game.

LOMBARDI SEMIFINALIST: Grant Wistrom took over the school record for tackles for loss, passing Trev Albert's 45 from 1990-93. Wistrom has 45.5 tackles for 197 yards in losses. In the game, Wistrom had five tackles, including 2-3 tackles for loss.

PAIR OF PICKS: Eric Warfield had an interception against the Wildcats last year and again had one this year. Warfield 's interception came after Ralph Brown broke up a Michael Bishop pass. He returned it 26 yards to the KSU 16, and set up Kris Brown's 32-yard field goal with 9:01 remaining in the second quarter which gave NU a 13-6 lead. Warfield had three interceptions last season and has four in his career.

Joe Walker picked off Michael Bishop with 5:34 remaining in the game to give NU a 54-20 margin. It was Walker's first career pickoff. It was also the first Nebraska TD interception return since Oklahoma in game No. 8 last year. On the return, free safety Clint Finley, playing in his first game this year, had a punishing block to clear Walker's path to the end zone.

DOWNTOWN KRIS BROWN: After hitting a career-best four field goals against the Wildcats last year, Kris Brown was 2-for-2 Saturday, connecting on a 31-yarder with 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter for a 10-6 lead and a 32-yarder with 9:01 remaining in the second for a 13-6 lead. Brown now has 221 career points scored by kicking in his three years at NU to rank sixth all time and second among Husker career kickers. He owns the NU field goal record with 31 made.

MEDICAL REPORT: Nebraska emerged from the game in good health. "Good news is I don't think we had any serious injuries, " Osborne said "as far as I know we didn't have any injuries that will carry over into next week."

ETC.: The Huskers totaled more than 350 yards for the fourth consecutive game this year, rushing 60 times for 379 yards. After rushing for -1 net yard over the last three years, the Husker Blackshirts held the Wildcats to 40 carries for 98 yards Saturday. ...NU is 156-5-0 under coach Osborne when rushing for 300 or more yards in a game and has won 78 straight when rushing for 300-plus yards. ...The Husker defense recorded a safety with 3:45 remaining in the game for a 56-20 margin.

 
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