Huskers Run Past Wildcats, 56-26
Lincoln (Oct. 4, 1997) - Two weeks after a dominant victory over then-No. 2 Washington, Nebraska returned to action against No. 17 Kansas State. The Wildcats had developed into one of Nebraska’s toughest annual foes, but the Huskers took control of the 1997 meeting from the outset.
Nebraska marched 80 yards in 10 plays to open the game, capped by Ahman Green's 25-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats responded with a scoring drive to cut the lead to 7-6, but after that the Husker offense cut loose.
Kris Brown connected on two field goals to give the Huskers a 13-6 lead, and a Scott Frost four-yard run before half gave the Huskers a comfortable 20-6 halftime margin.
In the third quarter, the Huskers broke the game wide open, behind the running of Green. The junior I-back scored three touchdowns on runs of 7, 59 and 50 yards to give Nebraska a 41-6 edge. The two teams traded late touchdowns to account for the final margin.
Green was the offensive standout for the Huskers, rushing for 193 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries. Frost was also effective running the ball, carrying 17 times for 98 yards and a touchdown. The Huskers dominated the final team statistics, piling up 473 total yards, including 379 on the ground.
The Blackshirt defense limited the Wildcats to 260 total yards, many of which came long after the game had been decided. Eric Johnson led the Husker defense with seven stops, while Eric Warfield added six tackles and Joe Walker scored on a 71-yard interception return off KSU quarterback Michael Bishop..
Q: Do you remember who Washington’s quarterback was?
A: Marques Tuiasosopo was Washington’s quarterback in 1997 and is currently listed on the New York Jets roster after playing for the Oakland Raiders as a backup from 2001 to 2006.
Husker Seniors: The 1997 season was the last for coach Tom Osborne and for 23 Cornhusker seniors. During their careers, the Husker senior class won two national championships, three conference titles, played in three championship games, posted an unprecedented 49-2 overall record and did not lose at home.
Nebraska’s 23 seniors in 1997 included: Eric Anderson, Jason Benes, Tim Carpenter, Scott Frost, Jay Gates, Kyle Henson, Matt Hoskinson, Vershan Jackson, Jesse Kosch, Jeff Lake Curt Lenners, Octavious McFarlin, Jason peter, Fred Pollack, Ted Retzlaff, Doug Seaman, Jay Sims, Aaron Taylor, Mike Van Cleave, Eric Warfield, Sean Wieting, Grant Wistrom and Jon Zatechka.