October 14, 2006

Defense carries NU to win at K-State

Before Saturday night, the last time Nebraska won in Manhattan was 1996, a game in which the Cornhusker defense held Kansas State to a single field goal in a 39-3 win. The Wildcats fell to Nebraska on its home turf for the first time in a decade Saturday, and although much has changed since 1996 - not even the stadium bears the same name - one similarity remains: It was Nebraska's defense that again made the difference, holding Josh Freeman and the K-State offense to just a field goal in a 21-3 win.

K-State (4-3, 1-2) managed just 22 rushing yards against Nebraska (6-1, 3-0), and if you take out a 38-yard rush on a fake punt by Daniel Gonzalez, the Wildcats produced minus-16 yards on the ground.

The inability of Coach Ron Prince's team to produce in the running game forced K-State to go to the air. Freeman, who finished 23-of-47 for 272 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns, and his receivers couldn't beat Nebraska without help.

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