Manhattan, Kan. - Dan Alexander rushed for 130 yards and two scores, but it was not enough as No. 11 Kansas State defeated fourth-ranked Nebraska, 29-28, at KSU Stadium Saturday evening.
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 9-2 on the season and can clinch the North Division title with a win over Missouri next week, while the Huskers, who could have clinched the division title and a berth into the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 2, fall to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big 12.
The Huskers need a Missouri win over KSU and a victory over Colorado on Nov. 24 to ensure a trip to Kansas City.
Alexander, who topped the 100-yard mark for the seventh time this season, finished with 130 yards on 18 carries, scoring on runs of 19 and 45 yards in the fourth quarter to give the Huskers a 28-23 lead with 9:53 remaining. Alexander rushed for 103 of his 130 yards in the fourth quarter and became the first Husker to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark since 1997. A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, he has 1,056 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.
The Wildcats regained the lead with 2:52 remaining as quarterback Jonathan Beasley connected with Quincy Morgan with a 12-yard scoring pass to give KSU a 29-28 lead. Morgan finished with 199 yards on seven receptions and a pair of scores. His 199 yards were the fifth-highest receiving total ever by a Husker opponent. Beasley was just 12-of-36 with for 234 yards and an interception along with his two scores to Morgan.
"First, we need to congratulate Kansas State," Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said. "They played well. I am proud of our players and they way they fought back in the second half."
Nebraska jumped to an early 7-0 lead, as sophomore Aaron Terpening blocked a Travis Brown punt, and Keyuo Craver returned the ball 12 yards for the first score just 2:05 into the contest. The blocked punt was the Husker fourth blocked kick this season and the second blocked punt returned for a score by Craver.
The Wildcats tied the score at seven on a Josh Scoby 1-yard touchdown run to cap a five-play, 48-yard drive set up by a Beasley 41-yard pass to Morgan to the NU 7-yard line.
The Huskers regained the lead at 14-7 on an Eric Crouch one-yard touchdown run, as the Huskers marched 56-yards on 12 plays, set up by a Crouch completion to Davison for 23 yards on 3-and-10 down to the KSU 1.
Crouch was held in check, accounting for 82 yards of total offense and was just 2-of-13 through the air.
Jamie Rheem's 38-yard field goal trimmed the Husker lead to 14-10 before Beasley and Morgan hooked up for a 49-yard touchdown with 1:17 remaining in the half to give the Wildcats a 17-14 halftime lead.
Kansas State extended the lead to 23-14 after a pair of field goals by place-kicker Jamie Rheem in the first six minutes of the third quarter. Rheem connected on all three of his field goal attempts for the game.
The Huskers finally began to move the ball on the ground late in the third quarter and continued their success early in the fourth quarter. Alexander, who gained just 27 yards in the first three quarters, closed the KSU lead to 23-21 on a 19-yard touchdown run with 14:02 remaining.
After the Husker defense forced a three-and-out, Alexander accounted for all 74 yards on Nebraska's next drive, capped by a 45-yard run that put the Huskers ahead 28-23 with 9:53 remaining.
Nebraska vs. Kansas State Postgame Notes, Nov. 11, 2000
Amid freezing, rain, sleet and snow in Manhattan, No. 4/5/4 (AP/Coaches/BCS) Nebraska lost 29-28 to No. 16/11/11 Kansas State. Nebraska drops to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in Big 12 action, while Kansas State improves to 9-2 on the season and 5-2 in Big 12 action. If Kansas State wins its last game of the season at Missouri on Nov. 18, KSU would represent the Big 12 North in the Big 12 Championship by virtue of head to head competition, even if Nebraska defeats Colorado on Nov. 24. This marked Nebraska?s second loss of the season, and second loss to Kansas State in the last 32 years.
The Huskers scored first after Aaron Terpening blocked K-State?s first punt and Keyuo Craver ran it in for the touchdown. Kansas State answered Nebraska?s score when Josh Scobey scored on a one-yard run. NU regained the lead, 14-7, on Eric Crouch?s one-yard run with 0:31 remaining in the first quarter. Kansas State moved to within four points on a Jamie Rheem 38-yard field goal and took a 17-14 lead with 1:17 remaining in the first half on a 49-yard pass from Jonathan Beasley to Quincy Morgan. Crouch threw his only interception of the game on a long pass with :30 seconds remaining in the half and took a three-point lead into the locker room, marking the third time this season that Nebraska trailed at the half (also vs. Iowa State, 14-13, and Oklahoma, 24-14). Nebraska totaled 74 yards to KSU?s 204 at halftime.
Kansas State put the first points on the board in the second half on a Rheem 27-yard field goal. Rheem hit on a 29-yard field goal after NU turned the ball over (Alexander fumble) on the NU 19-yard line to give KSU a 23-14 lead. Nebraska closed to 23-21 when Dan Alexander scored on a 19-yard run with 14:02 remaining in the game. The Huskers took their second lead in the game (28-23) when Alexander scored on a 45-yard run with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game. As the snow began to fall, Kansas State scored on an eight-play, 62-yard drive ending on a Beasley to Quincy Morgan 5-yard pass. KSU went for two, but the pass was broken up by NU rush end Chris Kelsay as KSU went ahead 29-28, with 2:52 remaining. Nebraska took the ball on its own 22-yard line with 2:41 remaining in the game, and converted one first down, but gave up the ball on downs with 0:51 remaining.
In the game, KSU converted one of Nebraska?s two turnovers to three points. Nebraska did not convert KSU?s two turnovers. Nebraska was led by Alexander, who rushed for 130 yards and two TDs, while Kansas State was led by Quincy Morgan?s 199 receiving yards which ranks fifth best all time vs. Nebraska. Nebraska totaled 239 total offense yards (200 rushing, and a season-low 39 passing) to KSU?s 377 (143 rushing, 234 passing). It was NU?s lowest total offense output this season and lowest since totaling 185 vs. Southern Mississippi in 1999.
* Quarterback Eric Crouch...Nebraska?s junior quarterback rushed 17 times for 42 yards and one TD. The 42-yards was Crouch?s lowest output this season, and lowest since rushing for 14 yards vs. Kansas last season. Crouch scored Nebraska?s second TD of the game on a one-yard run with 0:31 remaining in the first quarter, after hitting Matt Davison on a 23-yard gain on third-and-12 which went to the 1-yard line. Crouch was just two-of-13 passing for 39 yards and no TDs. The two completions tied his season low. His lone interception was at the end of the first half. KSU did not convert. Crouch is now 22-5 as a starter. Crouch has scored a rushing touchdown in 19 of the last 22 games. Crouch went over the 5,000 yard total-offense mark and now has 5,026 in his career, fourth best all time at NU. Crouch has rushed for 846 yards and 17 TDs and passed for 962 yards and 10 TDs this season.
* I-back Dan Alexander...A Doak Walker Award semifinalist, Alexander carried 18 times for 130 yards (7.2 ypc), including a 19-yard TD run on Nebraska?s first drive of the fourth quarter, to close the Huskers to two points (23-21) with 14:02 remaining in the game. Alexander had just 27 yards in three quarters, but had 103 yards in the fourth quarter, leading the Huskers on a five-play go-ahead TD drive. With his 12th carry of the game (a five-yard gain), Alexander went over 1,000 yards for the season, becoming the 23rd Husker to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first since Ahman Green had 1,877 in 1997. On that same drive, Alexander scored on a 45-yard run to give Nebraska second lead of the game as NU went up 28-23. Alexander now has 166 carries for 1,056 yards and eight TDs this season to lead the team in rushing. He now has seven 100-yard rushing games this season and 13 career 100-yard rushing games to rank sixth all time at NU in that category, including 12 in the last 18 games. Alexander has 2,358 career rushing yards to rank 12th all time at Nebraska.
* I-back Correll Buckhalter...Buckhalter had 12 yards on six carries and now has 2,454 career rushing yards to move up from 11th to ninth all time at Nebraska. On the season, Buckhalter has rushed for 682 yards and seven TDs.
* Husker Receivers...Split End Matt Davison...has caught at least one pass in 35 of the last 39 games. His 90th career reception was a 23-yard gain vs. KSU on third-and-12 from QB Eric Crouch which brought the Huskers to the 1-yard line. Crouch scored on a keeper the next play to give NU a 14-7 lead. It was his only catch of the game. Davison has 18 catches for 355 yards this season. Tight End Tracey Wistrom...An All-America, academic All-America and John Mackey award candidate, Wistrom has caught at least one pass in eight of 10 games this season and has 18 for 289 (four TDs) this year. Wistrom caught a 16-yard pass from Crouch on second down for a 16-yard gain and first down on NU?s last drive of the game to advance NU to its own 42.
* On Defense...Cornerback Keyuo Craver scored Nebraska?s first seven points of the game after sophomore rover Aaron Terpening blocked Travis Brown?s punt after the Wildcats went three and out on their first series. Craver was credited with a 12-yard return. It was Terpening?s first career blocked punt, Nebraska?s fourth blocked kick this season (third punt) and Craver?s second score this season on a blocked punt. Craver also scored on a blocked punt vs. Baylor on the Bear?s first offensive series of the game. Kansas State went three and out on its first two series, but Nebraska didn?t get the ball for its first offensive series until nearly the eight-minute mark as NU blocked KSU?s first punt, then was called for roughing the punter on KSU?s second punt. On Kansas State?s first drive of the second quarter, DT Loran Kaiser recorded his first career interception, picking off a short bobbled pass (Quincey Morgan) of Jonathan Beasley. He was credited with a 13-yard return. Nebraska did not convert as NU PK Josh Brown missed a 28-yard field goal. Nebraska has had at least one interception in nine of 10 games this season, including last three (all but Baylor) and a Husker DT has had an interception in the last two games as Slechta had one vs. Kansas last week. Sacks...Nebraska had three sacks in the game, LB Carlos Polk and CB Keyuo Craver sacked Beasley for a seven-yard loss in the first quarter and linebacker Randy Stella sacked Beasley for a 10-yard loss back to KSU?s own 2-yard line in the second quarter (and had two other tackles for loss) and Kyle Vanden Bosch and Loran Kaiser had a one-yard sack in the fourth quarter. Previously KSU had given up just three sacks on the season. In the game, Vanden Bosch had two of the team?s 10 tackles for loss, including one sack and had three quarterback hurries. Unofficially, linebacker Carlos Polk led the team with nine tackles, including one for a loss.
* Place Kicker Josh Brown was 4-4 on PATs, but missed a 28-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter, which would have given the Huskers a 17-7 lead after a KSU interception. Brown has now made 56 PATs this season and 95 consecutive PATs. He is 3-7 on field goal attempts this season, 17-27 in his career, making 12 of his last 17 field goal attempts.
* KSU vs. NU...Quincy Morgan became the fifth player this season to record more than 100 yards receiving and KSU is the fourth team this season to support a 100-yard receiver (Iowa State had two). Morgan had 187 yards bettering the previous season best of 158 by ISU?s J.J. Moses.