With a 39-3 loss to the Cornhuskers and a glitch in the offense's
strategy, the Wildcats got a bitter taste of losing to a Big-12 rival and
one bad case of
story by SHANA NEWELL
|photo by JILL JARSULIC, Collegian|
| Brian Kavanagh rests his head on his hand during the fourth
quarter of Saturday's game. Kavanagh was replaced by second-string
quarterback Jonathan Beasley the last play of the third quarter. Kavanagh
and the Wildcat offense remained under the thumb of Nebraska much of the
or the first time since 1992, K-State was manhandled.
In a 39-3 loss to Nebraska, the Wildcats recorded their lowest offensive
output since a 54-7 loss to Colorado in 1992.
Nebraska held the Cats to just 86 yards of offense, 79 of which came on
the ground. All of them came in the second half.
The defensive showdown most people expected was what the 43,915 fans at
KSU Stadium, the third-largest crowd in school history, saw. At least
until late in the second quarter, when the Huskers scored 12 points in the
last 4:49 of the half.
On its second possession, K-State again drew Nebraska offsides to give
the Cats their first down of the game. But the drive could not be
sustained, and Garcia was in to punt again. Under pressure from the Husker
special teams, Garcia punted out of bounds for a 29-yarder.
| "What they did, they did very well," Coach Bill Snyder said. "What we
did, we did very poorly."|
Nebraska won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. K-State chose
to receive and defend the north goal, forcing the Wildcat passing and
kicking games to play against the wind -- a decision Snyder later said
might have been a poor one.
Although the defense held on for the majority of the game, K-State's
offense and the punting game suffered throughout.
On its first possession, K-State was forced to punt without getting a
first down, even with the aid of an off-sides penalty against Nebraska on
the first snap.
Nebraska capitalized on a 43-yarder by punter James Garcia and an
eight-yard return by Octavius McFarlin. With good field position at
K-State's 47-yard line, the Huskers were held by K-State's defense to a
45-yard field goal by place-kicker Kris Brown.
|photo by JILL
|Coach Bill Snyder talks to linebacker DeShawn Fogle on the
sideline during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game. |
"I thought we played very well defensively in the first half, but
offensively I think we had zero yards," Snyder said. "That shows where we
were with that."
| photo by CARY CONOVER|
| Ballons pour into the air as 43,915 fans wait for the start of
the football game. || "There was a little bit of wind, but I wouldn't blame my performance on
it," Garcia said. "It's my job to get through the ball, and I didn't do a
very good job today."
The Huskers went four and out on their next possession to give K-State
the ball at the Wildcats' own 20-yard line. Three plays later, backup
punter Chad Romano was sent in. Romano had kicked well in practice, and
Snyder said he deserved the opportunity to kick.
But that opportunity resulted in a miscommunication and another Husker
Garcia said a miscommunication on his part had him holding the ball
longer than he was supposed to. Before he could kick the ball, linebacker
Terrell Farley had Garcia on the ground. Nebraska found itself with first
and 10 at K-State's own 14-yard line.
"I just had a brain letdown," Garcia said. "It was my fault."
K-State's defense had another impressive stand at the 8-yard line,
forcing Brown to kick his second field goal to give Nebraska a 6-0 lead.
K-State's only scoring came courtesy of a field goal from true freshman
A 22-yard return on an interception by strong safety Clyde Johnson and a
15-yard Husker penalty set the Wildcats up for a scoring opportunity at
Nebraska's 31-yard line. But two incomplete passes by starting quarterback
Brian Kavanagh and a tackle for loss to running back Mike Lawrence forced
the Wildcats to settle for a field goal.
With 11:36 remaining in the game, Rheem hit a 51-yard field goal to cut
the Husker lead to 6-3.
The running game was nonexistent for the Wildcats throughout the game.
The Wildcats' leading rusher? True freshman backup quarterback Jonathan
Beasley led the Wildcats' running game after coming in for mop-up relief
late in the third quarter. Beasley rushed for 40 yards on five attempts
and was three of nine in pass completions with an interception.
Kavanagh finished the game with only five of 19 completions and two
interceptions for 34 yards. He was sacked three times for 21 yards in
The loss was the 28th consecutive loss to Nebraska for K-State as the
Wildcats fall to 4-1 in the season. They fell to No. 22 in the Associated
Press poll, while tumbling from No. 12 to No. 21 in the USA Today/CNN
For more about the K-State-Nebraska game please see
today's Sports section
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