A menacing defense and a grind-it-out offense got the Huskers their seventh win of the season in a 17-6 decision on the road against nationally ranked Kansas State.
With quarterback Brook Berringer still nursing a partly collapsed lung, sophomore walk-on Matt Turman got his first career start and orchestrated the Huskers to a 7-6 halftime lead.
NU scored on its second possession of the game as Lawrence Phillips had six straight carries for the entire 28 yards of the drive. KSU answered in the second quarter with a 29-yard pass from Chad May to Mitch Running, but Nebraska’s Troy Dumas blocked the extra-point kick to preserve a 7-6 Husker lead.
Berringer came in for the Huskers’ last drive of the first half wearing a specially made flak jacket and played the second half, but was limited to drop-back passes, no audibles or options, and handing off to Phillips.
Neither team scored in the third period, but NU had an 11-play drive in the fourth culminated by a Jeff Makovicka 15-yard run. Nebraska then had a 12-play drive that ended with a 24-yard field goal by Darin Erstad for the final 17-6 margin.
Despite a badly sprained thumb, Phillips was the game’s leading rusher with 117 yards on 31 carries.
There were no surprises against the Wildcats, as 40 of the 61 offensive plays went between the tackles. The Huskers threw just 11 times and rushed for just 210 yards, but the Blackshirts held the Wildcats to a season-low minus-seven yards rushing. May passed for 249 yards but was sacked six times.
Ed Stewart led the team with nine tackles, while cornerback Barron Miles broke up a school-record six passes while covering All-America candidate Kevin Lockett. True freshman outside linebacker Grant Wistrom sacked May twice for 24 yards lost.
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