October 18, 2006

Analysis: Huskers controlled line, game

It's possible that in the history of pregame analysis, no other headline could have possibly been more wrong. "Newfound offense should boost Cats" read the headline on the pregame Keys to Victory for Kansas State against Nebraska. Well, if the Wildcats' offense was found against Oklahoma State, it was lost again versus the Huskers.

Kansas State's offense went mostly dormant with the exception of a valiant effort of quarterback Josh Freeman who was forced to throw the ball because of the total lack of a running game. Freeman finished the game 23-47 for 272 yards.

It was the other quarterback, however, who summed up the game best.

"We ran the ball well the last couple weeks and we thought we could do it against them as well. Anytime our defense plays well, we don't turn the ball over, and we run the ball as effectively as we did we are going to have a great chance to win," Nebraska quarterback Zac Taylor said.

Nebraska only outgained the Wildcats 356-294, but the Huskers' control of the line of scrimmage clearly put them in control of the contest. Nebraska scored a touchdown on its first drive of the game, and then added touchdowns in the second and third quarters. The 21 points were more than enough in NU's 21-3 win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

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