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"V1. HUSKER EXTRA Lincoln Journal Star Sunday, October 5, 1 997 13! page design: Karl Vogel T1 re career eav 0 Back from Omaha scores 4 TDs FIRST QUARTER BY JEFF KORBEUK Uncotn Journal Star on 29 carries. He scored once against the Huskies. Against Kansas State, Green used his 4.34 40-yard speed to turn the corner and break three long touchdown runs. NEBRASKA 7, KANSAS STATE 0 Ahman Gren 25 run (9:56) Drtv SO yards In 1 0 plays.

Other plays Graen 7 run. Joal Makovicka 2 run. Green 6 run. Green 9 run, Scott Frost 15 run. Frost 3 run, Makovicka 2 run.

Frost 1 1 run, Makovicka no gain. Conversion Kris Brown kick. NEBRASKA 7, KANSAS STATE 6 Eric Hlcksonl run (6:16) Drtvs 61 yards in 8 plays. Otrxr plays Michael Bohop loss of 3, Bishop loss of 2, Everett Burnett 19 pass from Bishop. Brian Gootsby 1 run, Bishop 1 run, Burnett 46 pass from Bishop, Hick son no gain.

Conversion Kick failed, bad snap recovered by Jason Peter. NEBRASKA 10, KANSAS STATE 6 Kris Brown 31 field goal (0:15) Drive 66 yards in 12 plays. Other plays Green 2 run, Green no gain, Frost incomplete pass to Shevin Wiggins, KSU roughing the kicker penalty on NU punt. Frost 8 run, Green 3 run, Frost incomplete pass to Green, Frost 3 run, Frost 27 run, Makovicka 2 run, Green 4 run, Frost 1 run. "Our line was obviously putting an effort out there," Green said.

"It's -been one tackle here and there. A shoestring tackle would get me. I was just waiting for a big run to burst, and it just happened today." After the 59-yard score, Green stopped in the end zone and stared into the north stands in a mild celebration. He said it was his way to give something to the fans and acknowledge his offensive linemen. "It's something that the team came up with because the rules of college football won't let you do much," Green said.

"It's something decent, something subtle, nothing flamboyant We get into the end zone and we give it to our crowd be-causcthey are there supporting us." Green moved into seventh on Nebraska's career rushing list with his 193-yard effort He moved in behind Derek Brown and passed Roger Craig, Rick Berns and Keith Jones. Green has 2,537 yards in two-plus seasons. He quashed any Heisman Trophy talk after the game. "That's not a big thing in my mind," Green said. "I'm just worried about Monday's practice, Tuesday's practice, Wednesday's practice The name and number on the jersey were the same, but the running back that ran around the Kansas State defense Saturday looked a lot different than the one that punished -Washington two weeks earlier in Seattle.

Ahman Green, Nebraska's junior I-back out of Omaha, broke three uncharacteristically long touchdown runs and added one more to help propel the No. 3-ranked Corahuskers -to a 56-26 win over No. 17 Kansas State at Memorial Stadium. The four touchdowns were a career-best for Green. The feat hadn't happened by a Husker running back since Lawrence Phillips did it against Michigan State in 1995.

Green also gained 193 yards on 20 carries for a 9.6 average. "It's not a matter of me getting 200 (yards) or me getting 300," Green said. "It's a matter of me moving the ball up and down the field and getting it into the end zone like we did today." How Green did that was what made it so interesting. Two weeks ago, Green ran between the tackles to forge 129 yards SECOND QUARTER GREEN His first was a 25-yarder with 9:56 left in the first quarter to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead. He then exploded for three touchdowns in the third quarter.

The first was a 7-yard scamper to put Nebraska ahead 26-7. Then came the back-to-back 59- and 50-yard runs that left Kansas State defenders grasping for air. "Against Washington we were pleased with Ahman's running," Nebraska running backs coach Frank Solich said. "This was a different style of game. He had the opportune' ty for the long runs.

It was no accident that he ran well tonight" Green hadn't ripped off a significant long run since a 45-yard touchdown jaunt against Akron in the opener. He said it was just a matter of time. NEBRASKA 1 3, KANSAS STATE 6 Kris Brown 32 field goal (9:01 Drive 1 yard In 4 plays, set up by Eric Warfield 26 return to KSU 16 of interception thrown by Bishop. Other plays Green 1 run, Frost no gain, Frost incomplete pass to Bobby Newcombe. NEBRASKA 20, KANSAS STATE 6 Scott Frost 4 run (4:33) Drive 43 yards In 7 plays, set up by Newcombe 28 punt return.

Other plays Green 1 run, Green 5 run. Green 2 run. Frost 6 run on fourth-and-2, Frost 1 7 run, Makovicka 3 run. Conversion K. Brown kick.

i f. 4 THIRD QUARTER usker offense more than happy to keep the opposition on the run BY CURT McKEEVER Lincoln Journal Star NEBRASKA 27, KANSAS STATE 6 Ahman Green 7 run (1 1 :29) Drive 34 yards In 4 plays, set up by Wiggins 15 punt return. Other plays Green 7 run, Frost toss of 3, Vershan Jackson 23 pass from Frost. Conversion K. Brown kick.

NEBRASKA 34, KANSAS STATE 6 Ahman Green 59 run (10:01) Drive 59 yards in 1 play. Conversion K. Brown kick. NEBRASKA 41, KANSAS STATE 6 Ahman Green 50 run (5:30) Drive 77 yards In 3 plays. Other plays Green 2 run, Newcombe 25 run on double reverse.

Conversion K. Brown kick. NEBRASKA 41, KANSAS STATE 12 Eric Hickson 13 run (3:18) Drive 80 yards In 7 plays. Other plays Hickson 7 run. NU offsides penalty, Darnell McDonald 42 pass from Bishop, Hickson 3 run, Bishop Incomplete pass to McDonald, Mike Lawrence 5 pass from Bishop, Bishop 5 run.

Conversion pass failed. II TED KIRKUncoh Journal Star Nebraska free safety Mike Brown (21) breaks up a pass intended for Kansas State wide receiver David Allen (32) in the second quarter. Drive 56 yards in 1 0 plays. Conversion K. Brown kick.

NEBRASKA 48, KANSAS STATE 20 Michael Bishop 4 run (7:35) Drive 84 yards in 1 1 plays. Conversion Bishop run. NEBRASKA 54, KANSAS STATE 20 Joe Walker 71 interception return (5:34) Conversion PAT failed, bad snap. NEBRASKA 56, KANSAS STATE 20 Team safety (3:45) NEBRASKA 56, KANSAS STATE 28 Darnell McDonald 21 pass from Michael Bishop (0:49) Drive 49 yards in 3 plays. Conversion run failed i 1 1 Been there, done that For the second straight game, Nebraska's offense ran over a defense that works hard on stopping the run piling up 379 yards on the ground to help the Cornhuskers pos a 56-26 win against Kansas State Saturday night Of NU's 74 offensive plays, 60 FOURTH QUARTER NEBRASKA 48, KANSAS STATE 12 Jay Sims 5 run (11:03) were runs.

Two weeks ago at Washington, NU stayed on the ground for 66 of 81 plays and gained 384 yards. "Coach Osborne's philoso-, phy is to run the ball, and if that's i TAYLOR 1 6 fe Ii if ij 1 going we don't have to do too much else," quarterback Scott Frost said Frost helped open up the running game with some strong efforts early. While Ahman Green led the way with 193 yards, Frost added 93. That meant in every game this year the Cornhuskers have had at least TED KIRKUneoln Journal Star Husker quarterback Scott Frost (7) flies over the goal line for his second-quarter touchdown after getting a block from tight end Tim Carpenter (90). Nebraska OFFENSE RUSHING Player No.

Yards Ahman Green 20 193 Scott Frost 17 98 Bobby 1 25 Jay Sims 6" 24 Joel Makovicka -7 18 Frankie London 3 12 Dan Alexander 5 7 Cornell 1 2 PASSING Player C-A I Yards Scott Frost 6-13-1 94 Frankie London 0-1-0 0 RECEIVING Player No. Yards Matt Davison 1 39 Vershan Jackson 1 23 Jay Sims 1 16 Kenny Cheatham 1 9 Sheldon Jackson 19 Correi 1 -2 Tony TD Josh Kohl 0 Joe Walker 0 Ralph Brown Clint Finley Kris Brown Billy Legate SACKS. Avg. 39.0 23.0 16.0 90 90 No. 1.0 0.5 0.5 Yards 8 2 2 Player Aaron Jason Tony Ortiz two rushers with more than 80 yards.

"We're clicking pretty well," offensive guard Aaron Taylor said. "It's a lot of fun to. pretty much run what you want to rua" Nebraska drove 80 yards INTERCEPTION RETURNS Player No. Yards Taylor, who would just as soon see Nebraska grind out a 15-play drive, got a kick out of the Cornhuskers' ability to, at times, strike quickly Saturday. Green broke free on a 59-yard TD counter run on the first play of NU's second possession in the second half.

On the third play of the next drive, he faked a reverse handoff and bolted 50 yards for his fourth touchdown to make it 41-6. "We had a reverse, Matt Davison caught a long pass at the end of the first half. In order to be a great team, I think you have to have some big plays," Taylor said. Saturday, the Nebraska offense had a little bit of everything. "We thought we'd be here," Taylor said.

"We thought we'd have a big victory over K-State, and we did." said. "When they do, we feel it's more us." Added Taylor, "We were executing really welL At times, we didn't, and we've got to work on that. But overall, I thought we were pretty sharp tonight" 1 Frost took that statement a bit further. "I think we're as good a team as there is out there," he said. "We just need to keep improving." But the NU quarterback admitted he'd have to be pretty picky to find fault with his offensive line.

"They just keep getting better," he said. "The key is there are five guys who are seniors. They're playing well and they know what each is going to do." 1 71 1 26 Joe Eric MAKOVICKA for a touchdown on its first possession, and scored on four of its first five drives to take control "We're real confident right now, and we feel like no one's going to Stop us," fullback Joel Makovicka Avg. 42.0 40.0 DEFENSE TACKLES Player UT Ei ic Johnson 2 Grant Wistrom 2 Jay Foreman 1 Brian Shaw 3 Eric Warfield 3 Mike Brown 2 Erwin Swiney 3 Jason Peter 2 MlkeRucker 1 Steve Warren 1 Chad Ketsay 0 Kyle Vanden Bosch 2 Jerome Peterson 1 Brandon 1 Jason Wiltz 0 Aaron Wills 1 Quint Hogrefe 1 Carlos Polk 0 Julius Jackson 1 AT 5 3 4 2 2 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTING Player No. Yards Jesse Kosch 3 126 Bill Lafleur 1 40 PUNT RETURNS Player No.

Yards Shevin Wiggins 3 23 Brandon 2 -4 Bobby 1 28 Lance Brown 1 6 KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yards Kenny Cheatham 1 23 Joe Walker 1 16 Avg. 7.7 28.0 6.0 Nebraska notes Kansas State OFFENSE RUSHING Player No. Yards Avg. Eric Hickson.

21 83 3.9 Michael Bishop 17 14 0.8 Brian Goobby '2 1 0.5 PASSING Player C-AA Yards TD Michael Bishop 8-24-2 162 1 RECEIVING Player No. Yards Avg. Everett Burnett 2 65 32.5 Darned 2 63 31.5 Gavin Peries 2 29 14.5 Mike Lawrence 1 5 5.0 Eric Hickson 10 0.0 DEFENSE TACKLES Player UT AT TT Mark Simoneau 3 7 10 Joe Bob 2 7 9 Jarrod Cooper 3 6 9 Jerome Evans 3 4 7 Darren Howard 0 7 7 Monty Spiller 0 7 7 Jeff Kelly 1 5 6 Demetrlc 3-2 5 Cephus Scott 4 15 Damton 2 2 4 Travis Ochs 2 2 4 Shelby Wehrman 2.2 4 Casey Wehrman 2 2 4 Dyshod 2 2 4 AndraeRowe 12 3 Lamar Chapman 1 2 3 Travis Litton 0 2 2 Monty Beisel 0 2 2 Keith Black 1 1 2 Chris Johnson 1 0 1 Brian Hanley '0 1 1 Michael 0 1 1 SACKS Player No. Yards Damon Mcintosh 0.5 7 Darren Howard 0.5 7 INTERCEPTION RETURNS Player No. Yards Ophus Scott 1 0 SPECIAL TEAMS PUNTING Player No.

Yards Avg. James Garcia 7 324 46.3 Michael Bishop 1 38 38.0 PUNT RETURNS Player No. Yards Avg. David Allen 3 8 2.7 Gerald Neasman 1 2 2 0 KICKOFF RETURNS Player No. Yards Avg.

Gerald 4 114 28.5 Avg. 230 16.0 $4 5M fc VwiJ 1990-93. Wistrom, a senior, now has 45Vi tackles for 197 yards in losses. Against Kansas State, Wistrom recorded five tackles, including two for losses. Junior I-back Ahman Green now has 379 carries for 2,537 yards in his career.

With his 19-carry, 193-yard effort Saturday, he moved up to seventh on Nebraska's career rushing chart, passing Roger Craig (2,446 yards), Rick Berns (2,449) and Keith Jones Green's 26 touchdowns are tied for seventh on the all-time chart. Nebraska, which rushed for 379 yards against Kansas State, is now 156-5-0 under Coach Tom Osborne when rushing for 300 or more yards In a game and has won 78 straight when doing so. Nebraska junior kicker Kris Brown now has 221 career points, which ranks sixth all-time at Nebraska and second among Husker kickers. He has the Nebraska career field goal record with 31 (the old mark was 29). Kansas State converted only 4 of 15 third-down attempts.

Husker opponents are ll-for-53 on the season, while NU is 29-for-60. Freshman split end Matt Davison of Tecumseh is Nebraska's lead- 1 ing receiver after four games after his 39-yard reception from Scott Frost to end the first half. The 1997 Lincoln Journal Star athlete of the year now has five receptions for 117 yards. Davison made a nice diving catch. "But I didn't get a chance to celebrate because everyone was running to the locker room for half time," he said, laughing.

"We didn't know whether we would just sit on the ball and run out the half or take one shot deep," Davison said. "Coach (Tom) Osborne sent Shevin (Wiggins) and I deep down the left sideline and Scott threw a great ball, right on the money." Davison's first instinct was to keep his feet since it was the final play of the half. "But I lost the ball in the lights, so I just put my hand out there and it stuck," he said. "I was hoping there might be one second left "At least I was able to pad my stats a little," he added, jokingly. Eric Warfield, who returned an interception 26 yards in the second quarter to set up a 32-yard field goal by Kris Brown, praised the younger members of the Husker secondary.

"I never thought they'd come in and play so well, but yet they've stepped in and have done pretty well," Warfield said. "The coaches are proud of them, I'm proud of them. (Erwin) Swiney had a pretty good game today and Joe Walker had a pretty good game with an interception for a touchdown. I have a lot of confidence in these guys." Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost's school-record streak of consecutive pass attempts withcut an interception ended at 155 when, with 1:20 remaining in the second quarter, Frost was Intercepted by Ce-phus Scott Frost, a senior from Wood River, went eight full games and seven passes Saturday without an interception. Frost has now passed for 1,809 yards in his career, moving from 13th to 10th on Nebraska's all-time chart Grant Wistrom took over the school record for tackles for a loss, passing Trev Alberts 45 from i Ii til I i i GAIL FOLD AA-reo Journal Star NU punter Jesse Kosch (1 9) gets off a punt before he is roughed by Kansas State's Keith Black (2), who is blocked by Lance Brown (1 4), in the first quarter..

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