No contest: Huskers clobber K-State


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LINCOLN, Neb. --Ahman Green ran for 193 yards and a career-high four touchdowns as third-ranked Nebraska again went unchallenged against number 16 Kansas State in a 56-26 victory, its 29th straight over the Wildcats.

KEYS TO THE GAME
  Nebraska Kansas St.
Rush yards 379 98
TDs 7 4
Dry spell: Since Kansas State's 12-0 victory over Nebraska in 1968, this has been a lopsided series. The Cornhuskers improved to 70-10-2 against K-State, and coach Tom Osborne ran his record to 25-0 against the Wildcats.
The Streak: The Cornhuskers ran their home winning streak to 39 games, the seventh-longest in NCAA history, breaking a tie with the 1919-28 Notre Dame teams. Notre Dame also has the sixth-best home streak, covering 40 games from 1907 to 1918.
This lopsided series has gone Nebraska's way in every game since Kansas State's 12-0 win in Lincoln in 1968. The Cornhuskers (4-0, 1-0 Big 12 North) improved to 70-10-2 all-time against Kansas State (3-1, 0-1). Nebraska coach Tom Osborne is 25-0 against the Wildcats, while KSU coach Bill Snyder fell to 0-9 against Nebraska, the only former Big Eight school he has never defeated.

"When somebody has beaten us a couple of times in a row, I usually pay more attention to that team," Osborne said. "Bill (Snyder) is a very good coach and I am sure they put a lot into this game. There is really nothing that they don't work at very hard. Their quarterback held up pretty good and he looked like a great athlete to me. I think K-State will do very well from here on out in the Big 12. They are going to win a lot of games and may not lose very many more."

The Cornhuskers ran their home winning streak to 39 games, the seventh-longest in NCAA history, breaking a tie with the 1919-28 Notre Dame teams. Notre Dame also has the sixth-best home streak, covering 40 games from 1907-18.

Green scored on a 25-yard burst 5:04 into the game to give Nebraska the lead for good, 7-0, and put Kansas State behind for the first time all season. Eric Hickson scored on a one-yard run 3:40 later but a missed conversion left the Wildcats behind by a point.

Kris Brown kicked a 31-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first quarter and a 32-yarder 5:59 into the second as Nebraska built the lead to 13-6. Quarterback Scott Frost ran four yards for a score with 4:33 left in the first half and the Coirnhuskers took a 20-6 lead into the locker room.

Green exploded in the third quarter, putting the game away singlehandedly. He scored on a seven-yard run at 3:31, ran in from 59 yards 88 seconds later and scored on a 50-yard run 4:31 after that to make it 41-6.

"Every defense starts tough against us, but after a while we just start to wear teams down," Green said. "The offensive line and receivers gave a great effort and made some key blocks for me tonight. The past few games have showed us that when we start rolling we are a very hard team to stop. We proved to ourselves that we can get the job done and we plan to get stronger every week. It felt good to finally be able to run healthy behind my offensive line."

Kansas State temporarily stemmed the tide when Hickson scored on a 13-yard run with 3:18 left in the third, but a two-point try failed and left the Wildcats with a 41-12 deficit. Hickson carried 21 times for 83 yards but did not get help from Michael Bishop, who was 8-of-24 for 162 yards and two interceptions.

Frost was 6-of-13 for 94 yards with an interception and added 98 yards on 17 carries as the Cornhuskers held a 472-260 advantage in total yardage.

"We're having fun right now," Frost said. "The whole team is playing well. The defense really stepped it up today and made some big plays and the offense kept going, so we're having fun out there. I think we're a good team. I'm not afraid to say that. I think we're as good a team as there is out there. We just need to keep playing hard and winning ballgames. Everything will shake out in the end and the best teams will be playing each other."

The Cornhuskers racked up 379 yards on the ground and held Kansas State to 98.

"We think we can run the ball against most people and we don't think many people can run on us," Osborne said. "So far this year that has been the case and we hope it stays that way. Somebody may crack us, but so far they haven't."

During a 29-point fourth quarter that consisted of garbage time, Jay Sims started things by scoring on a five-yard run for Nebraska. Bishop had a four-yard TD run and ran in for a two-point conversion but was intercepted by Joe Walker, who ran it back 71 yards for a Nebraska touchdown.

The Cornhuskers recorded a safety before Bishop threw a 21-yard scoring pass to Darnell McDonald to make the final margin with 49 seconds left.

"I was very worried about this game," Osborne assured.


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