Nebraska pulled away in the second half to put away the Kansas State Wildcats, 48-14. The Huskers and Wildcats fought a tough battle in the first half, with Nebraska holding a 14-7 advantage at intermission.
The Huskers gained close to 300 yards in the first half but were only able to put two touchdowns on the board. Tom Sorley sneaked over for the Huskers with 13:56 left in the first half to give NU a 7-0 lead. Sorley then passed to tight end Junior Miller for a 54 yard TD strike with 6:43 left in the half. K-State scored on an 87 yard pass with 2:05 left.
Nebraska broke the game open in the first minute of the second half as the Cornhuskers scored twice. A four yard run by fullback Rick Berns made it 21-7, and NU recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and scored one play later to put the game out of reach.
I.M. Hipp had another good day gaining 183 yards, 113 of those in the first half. The offense once again went over the 600 yard mark in total yards with 606. Tom Sorley continued to harass opponents with the pass as he threw for 218 yards.
SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER
Kansas State 14
Oct 14, 1978
Kansas State 0 7 0 7 — 14
Nebraska 0 14 21 13 — 48
NU - Tom Sorley (1, run; Billy Todd kick) 13:56.
NU - Junior Miller (54, pass from Tom Sorley;
Billy Todd kick) 6:36.
KSU - Eugene Goodlow (87, pass from Dan Manucci;
Jim Ginther kick) 2:05.
NU - Rick Berns (4, run; Billy Todd kick) 14:14
NU - Kenny Brown (33, pass from Tom Sorley;
Billy Todd kick) 14:01
NU - Andra Franklin (19, run; Billy Todd kick) 6:36
KSU - J.M. Miller (6, pass from Dan Manucci;
Jim Ginther kick) 12:26
NU - Kenny Brown (18, run; Kick failed) 9:42
NU - Jim Kotera (6, run; Billy Todd kick) 0:48
First Downs ...................12 34
Rushing Net....................17 388
Passes, Comp.-Att.-Int ...12-27-2 11-17-1
Passing Net ................250 218
Total Offense.................267 606
LEADING NU RUSHER:
I.M. Hipp 183.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Tom Sorley 11-16-1 for 218 yards.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Junior Miller (Big 8 Offensive Player of Week)
5 receptions for 124 yards and 1 TD.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME:
Kerry Weinmaster 9 tackles, 6 for 26 yd loss.