Worst: A toss-up between K-State's special teams and quarterbacks. The special teams had a field goal blocked, a punt blocked for a safety, fumbled a kickoff and let Nebraska have a 28-yard punt return and a pair of 23-yard kickoff returns that gave the Cornhuskers good field position. Not even David Allen's 54-yard kickoff return to open the second half could salvage it. Two series later, the Cornhuskers got a piece of another punt.
K-State quarterbacks Jonathan Beasley and Adam Helm combined to go seven of 31 passing. Helm was sacked five times.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN?
Nebraska fullback Dan Alexander fumbled away the ball after an 8-yard gain. K-State safety Lamar Chapman recovered. It was the second straight week that Nebraska lost a fumble on the game's opening play.
But after the Nebraska defense held K-State to a three-and-out, Kyle Vanden Bosch blocked a field-goal attempt for the second straight week. It was his third blocked field goal in two weeks.
The block ended a string of 15 straight field goals for K-State kicker Jamie Rheem.
BIG WIN FOR SOLICH
Frank Solich didn't call it his most satisfying victory in two seasons as a head coach. But clearly, it was his best. The Cornhuskers had not defeated a team ranked as high as No. 5 Kansas State, and the triumph puts Nebraska in a position to win the North Division title.
Oh, and as for the suggestion that he would be outcoached by K-State's Bill Snyder ... it didn't seem an appropriate subject to broach afterwards.
"The timing of this victory makes it tremendously important," Solich said. "The fact that we defeated an undefeated team and the fact they were ranked very high are tremendous pluses for the program."
NOTHING SPECIAL FOR K-STATE
On the first four special-teams plays -- a staple of K-State victories this season -- the Wildcats were abysmal.
There was the blocked field goal. A 28-yard return by Bobby Newcombe set up Nebraska at the K-State 44, and the Cornhuskers scored four plays later. On the ensuing kickoff, Terence Newman fumbled at the K-State 27, where it was picked up by Ralph Brown and returned to the Wildcats' 1.
The defense came through, forcing a fumble on the next play. But after another three-and-out, Mike Ronsick's punt out of the end zone was blocked for a safety.
"I saw him come through right at the last minute," Ronsick said. "I tried to hold the ball at the side, but he still got his hand on it."
STILL SOMETHING OUT THERE
Under the heading "it ain't over until it's over" K-State is not out of the title chase in the Big 12 North. With a victory over Missouri next week, K-State would finish with just one conference loss. Nebraska, off next week, finishes at Colorado on Nov. 26.
And although it's not likely that the Cornhuskers will lose, strange things can happen -- just look at the scores around the country Saturday. The combination of a K-State win and a Nebraska loss would send the Wildcats back to the Big 12 championship game.
"We can't let what happened last year happen again," said Mark Simoneau, referring to K-State's bowl loss after its undefeated season was ruined in the Big 12 championship game. "If we learned anything from last year, that should be it."
Wide receiver Aaron Lockett said: "Just because we lose one, we don't want to lose two."