It was a record-setting day for Tyrone Hughes, who had 247 kick-return yards.
For the second straight week, Nebraska struggled through the first half before righting itself and pulling away, this time for a 45-8 win over Kansas State in the Big Eight opener.
Playing on the road for the first time in 1990, eighth-ranked (AP) NU faced a greatly-improved K-State team that had won three of its four nonconference games and had already scored more points (152) than the 1989 Wildcats had in a whole season (134).
The Wildcats throttled the Husker offense in the first 28 minutes and appeared to be heading for the locker room trailing just 3-2. However, Nebraska worked the two-minute drill to perfection, driving 81 yards in 11 plays, and went up 10-2 on a 5-yard Mike Grant-to-Jon Bostick touchdown pass with 11 seconds left in the half.
Nebraska’s Blackshirt defense played another outstanding game, limiting K-State to 159 total-offense yards and keeping a third opponent out of the end zone. Tackles Kenny Walker and Joe Sims spent much of the afternoon in the Wildcat backfield, as they combined for 17 tackles, six of them behind the line for 29 yards lost, and five of those sacks for 25 yards lost. Sims also had an interception behind the line.
Senior safety Reggie Cooper also contributed four tackles, giving him 153 in his career to tie the school record for defensive backs set by All-American Larry Wachholtz from 1964-66.
But, in the end, it was the kicking game that made the difference as the Huskers piled up 323 yards on punt and kickoff returns. “The big difference in the game was the kicking game,” said Husker Coach Tom Osborne. “We had a punt blocked that cost us two points, but, other than that, our kicking game was dominant.”