The Manhattan Mercury from Manhattan, Kansas on October 16, 1994 · 11
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The Manhattan Mercury from Manhattan, Kansas · 11

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Sunday, October 16, 1994
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The Manhattan Mercury SPORTS Sunday, October 16. 1994 B3 Gfl(D)iMy IWfilMGaitts Nebraska 17 K-State lfI. LA- If 0 ri t 1 j- 1 -If 1 o V r A . . ran ' ' s V V jr fit """" jf .- ir' " .-. Gale Hammerschmidt Sports Writer Emotions were high on both sides of the field Saturday as the Nebraska Cornhuskers all but killed the Wildcats' hopes of an Orange Bowl appearance. For the Cornhuskers, a feeling of relief was evident after the game as, for the most part, the Wildcat defense generally kept Nebraska's offense in check. Nebraska cornerback Baron Miles said, "We knew that it was going to be a game in the first half when the score was 7-6. We knew it could have gone either way." When asked how the 11-point win might look to the nation, Husker quarterback Brook Berringer noted, "I would have been happy to get out with a one-point win." Linebacker Ed Stewart echoed his teammates' comments. "We knew itwasgoingto be a tough game, and that it would go down to the last second. We had to be prepared to play the full game." The Wildcats' mood could be described in two words: frustration and disappointment. In the first half, the Wildcats felt the frustration of moving the football without much to show for it. The K-State offense entered Nebraska territory four times coming away with only six points. The other three drives ended with a punt, a missed field goal, and an interception. Kansas State receiver Kevin Lockett expressed the team's frustration. "Against a team like Nebraska, it is important to score every time you get it into the Red Zone (inside the 20)," he said. "Coming away with only six points was -somewhat of a letdown." Chad May echoed Lockett's remarks. "We were moving the ball, but penalties and stupid mistakes ruined it for us." In the second half, Nebraska toughened up on defense allowing only 49 yards. In the fourth quarter, the Big Red attack seemed to wear down the KSU defense and wrapped up the game with an insurance touchdown and field goal. "We came out of the locker room hyped, but it just wasnt the same. Theirdefense played well," explained KSU corner-back Chris Canty. "Any time someone holds our offense to six points, it is impressive." Lockett, however, placed most of the blame on the Photos by John LaBarge offense. "I felt as though we weren't doing our part. It seemed as though every time we got the ball we would go three and out, and then the defense was on the field again. We didn't have enough big plays to keep the fans in the game." Although the Wildcats were disappointed in letting this game slip away, they realize that they must move on. "The mark of a good team is bouncing back, and we are a good team," said linebacker Mike Ekeler. Personally, Ekeler said "I plan to lock myself in my room (Saturday night) and hit the walls until all my frustrations are gone." . V v .u .-..V- (JJ v V 1 - y i r 4 f- f ux A - ! V I n i4 . -v V Top left:Andrea Collins and Carla Garcia from Yates Center try to keep dry during the second half of the game. Above:Mitch Running catches a touchdown pass from Chad May. LeftCornhuskerrunningback Lawrence Phillips tries to break free from Wildcat defensive tackle Kelly Greene. Below:Chad May scrambles and gets sacked by Nebraska's defensive tackle Christian Peter. 31 Continued from Page Bl May's interception was his first in the season and established a Big Eight record of 148 consecutive passes without an interception. The prevous mark was 138 by Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State in 1986. Dating back to last year, May had thrown 188 passes without an interception. 'Not playing at all were defensive back Clyde Johnson and punter Chad Romano. Snyder said neither was injured. Injured in the first half for the 'Cats was defensive tackle Darrell Harbert and linebacker Kirby Hocutt. Harbert didn't play at all in the second half and Hocutt played sparingly. Snyder didn't think either injury was serious. KSU coach Bill Snyder will be featured this morning on CNN's College Coaches Cornerfrom lOuntil 10:30a.m. As of Friday, the University of Nebraska's ticket office had 70 unsold tickets for the KSU-NU game. Had K-State won, they would have been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and as the feature story. That comes from SI photographer Rich Clarkson, who said before the game: "That's the way it's penciled in." The K-State Radio Network was off the air during five minutes of the second quarter due to a power outage. I C v'x (MJ 7j k- 8& Tf : 7 ck w V1 "k it ' '- MS

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