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Posted on Sun, Oct. 24, 2004

Game Report: Kansas State 45, Nebraska 21

The Kansas City Star

Turning point
How about that killer personal foul by Nebraska's Kellen Huston? The Huskers trailed only 24-21 in the third quarter and had momentum on their side until Huston was nailed at the conclusion of a Nebraska punt for a late hit. K-State took possession at the Huskers' 37. Three plays later, QB Allen Webb scored on a 1-yard run, igniting a 21-0 burst for the Wildcats.

Play of the game
K-State had its share of woes. Like when punter Tim Reyer didn't get the snap because it bounced off the shoulder of up-back Brandon Archer. Nebraska's Daniel Bullocks picked it up and dashed a mere 10 yards for a touchdown.

Reason to hope
Webb. He had doubters by the truckload, but he showed skills that give K-State reason to believe, in time, that he could be another, dare we say, Michael Bishop? That's asking for too much right now, but it's not impossible.

Reason to mope
K-State is still allowing big plays. Don't misunderstand; the defense is improving. But a Huskers shovel pass that went for 63 yards on third and 7, setting up their first touchdown, was alarming. So was the defense by cornerback Cedrick Williams, badly burned for a 55-yard pass that set the table for Nebraska's second score.

The grades

Offense: A-minus

Webb grew up. His maturation keeps the Wildcats' hopes of a 12th straight bowl berth. The Wildcats rushed for 294 yards against the Big 12's top rush defense, which was allowing only 66 yards a game.

Defense: B

The Wildcats missed defensive end Scott Edmonds, but Tearrius George filled in nicely. Plus, the defense created and forced turnovers down the stretch, something it hasn't done often enough in 2004.

Special teams: C-minus

Reyer had an eventful day, to say the least. He boomed a 67-yard punt from his own end zone late in the second quarter that pinned the Huskers deeper than expected. But the failure by the snapper to get him the ball, resulting in Nebraska's touchdown by Bullocks, was U-G-L-Y.

Coaching: A

K-State, simply put, jumped all over the Big Red. The Wildcats, led by Webb, were sharp from the outset. Give defensive coordinator Bobby Elliott kudos. His unit limited Nebraska to two third-down conversions in 11 attempts.

K-STATE (3-4, 1-3)

Sept. 4W. KentuckyW 27-13
Sept. 11Fresno StateL 45-21
Sept. 18La.-LafayetteW 40-20
Oct. 2at Texas A&M;L 42-30
Oct. 9at KansasL 31-28
Oct. 16OklahomaL 31-21
SaturdayNebraskaW 45-21
Oct. 30Texas Tech6 p.m.
Nov. 6at MissouriTBA
Nov. 13at ColoradoTBA
Nov. 20Iowa StateTBA

NEBRASKA (4-3, 2-2)

Sept. 4W. IllinoisW 56-17
Sept. 11Southern MissL 21-17
Sept. 18at PittsburghW 24-17
Oct. 2KansasW 14-8
Oct. 9at Texas TechL 70-10
Oct. 16BaylorW 59-27
Saturdayat K-StateL 45-21
Oct. 30Missouri11 a.m.
Nov. 6at Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 13at OklahomaTBA
Nov. 26Colorado11 a.m.

News and Notes

K-State coach Bill Snyder saw his team keep its hopes alive for a repeat of the Big 12 Conference title. But he wasn't ready to anoint the Wildcats just yet. Asked whether the squad turned the corner, he said: “Well, I don't know. There's always a corner, isn't there?” … Darren Sproles' 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter had special significance. It was his 41st career touchdown, setting a school record. Sproles had been tied with former quarterback Ell Roberson. Later, Sproles got No. 42. … Sproles now has 6,025 all-purpose yards, most in Big 12 history. He passed Texas' Ricky Williams, who recorded 5,992 in three years in the Big 12 (Williams played his freshman season in the Southwest Conference) … Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson's 20-yard touchdown run marked the first time since 2001 the Huskers have scored against the Wildcats in the first quarter … The 38 combined points by halftime were the most in this series since 1995, when the Huskers led 35-6 at halftime.

— Howard Richman/The Star

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