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      K-State running back Joe Hall was wrapped up by Nebraska defender Steve Warren in the first half Saturday.
    Chris Ochsner/The Capital-Journal

    Revenge not motivation say Huskers

    By JON BALMER
    The Capital-Journal

    LINCOLN -- There wasn't any goal-post crashing or streak-ending celebrating this year in Lincoln.

    Sure, the Huskers' win avenged the Cats' 10-point Big Red exorcism nearly a year ago at KSU Stadium. But as sweet as keeping K-State winless in Lincoln for the 16th-straight time is, revenge wasn't the prime motive for Nebraska.

    "We didn't beat that drum at all," head coach Frank Solich said. "I didn't hear one player talking about that all week. As big as this win is, it still goes as one in the books. They're all big games right now."

    There's no denying that a K-State visit did raise the decibel level another notch. All the talk of the Wildcats inheriting the Big 12 throne doesn't sit well with fans of a program that's won a piece of three national titles in the '90s.

    More than the rivalry, though, was the record. Knocking off the previously undefeated Wildcats gave Solich the greatest satisfaction and kept his 9-1 Husker squad in the running for the conference title.

    "I think the timing of this victory makes it tremendously important," he said. "The fact that we beat an undefeated team and the fact that they were ranked very high are tremendous pluses for this program.

    "Our players wanted to get it done in a convincing manner, and I think they did that today."

    But was this type of performance proof that last season's 40-30 K-State victory was a fluke, as cornerback Ralph Brown suggested a win this season would demonstrate.

    "The name of the game is to get the 'W,'" rover Mike Brown said. "It's very gratifying just for the fact that it's our last game as seniors and we came out on top."

    Brown said the win was also important to the defense, who surrendered the game-winning touchdown late in the contest last season.

    "We were really dissappointed in the way that we played," he said. "Our performance overall just wasn't worthy. We felt that we let our team down.

    "But this is a new year, and we wanted to come out and prove ourselves over again."

    And despite the sting last season's loss might have left and the doubts left after an early loss at Texas, Nebraska wasn't about to go down without a fight.

    "It's tough to get (last year's loss) out of your mind," quarterback Eric Crouch said, "but after a game like today, practicing all week and knowing that we had another opportunity ahead of us to show ourselves and prove what we can do as a team, I think a lot of people have forgotten about what happened last year.

    "We've been able to pull through a lot of tought times, and usually when this team is hit with adversity, we rise above it."

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