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Nebraska 39, Kansas State 3

By Doug Tucker
AP Sports Writer
Saturday, October 5, 1996 6:57 pm EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Freshman DeAngelo Evans rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and No. 7 Nebraska stretched its winning streak against Kansas State to 28 in a row Saturday with a 39-3 victory over the 16th-ranked Wildcats.

The Wildcats (4-1 overall, 1-1 Big 12), unbeaten coming into this game for the fourth straight year, figured this might be their best shot at the Huskers since they last won in the lopsided series in 1968.

But the Wildcats were helpless against a smothering defense, running 27 plays for zero yards and also had two punts blocked in the first half as Nebraska (3-1, 1-0) built an 18-3 lead.

Then Evans, a high school standout from Wichita, Kan., who was booed by the sellout crowd every time his name was announced, put the game out of reach with a 69-yard TD sprint on the third play of the second half. Evans scored Nebraska's final touchdown on a 5-yard run in the fourth period as Kansas State lost at home for just the fifth time since 1990.

After Evans put Nebraska on top 25-3, Vershon Jackson made it 32-3 in the final seconds of the third period when he caught Scott Frost's 21-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.

Kris Brown kicked four field goals in the first half, quieting the crowd of 43,915, the third-biggest in KSU Stadium history.

Midway through the first period, Terrell Farley beat Lamar Chapman and blew in to block James Garcia's punt. Given the ball at the K-State 14, the Huskers had to settle for Brown's 27-yarder and a 6-0 lead after Frost was stopped by Travis Ochs on third-and-4.

Brown had kicked a 45-yarder a few minutes earlier.

Safety Clyde Johnson brought the big crowd to life early in the second period when he intercepted Frost's pass and returned it 22 yards. A 15-yard penalty was tacked onto the end of the play, putting the Wildcats on the Nebraska 31.

But three plays lost two yards, and freshman Jamie Rheem kicked a 51-yard field goal.

Nebraska staged the only sustained drive of the first half on its next possession, going 80 yards in 17 plays and scoring on a fourth-down run by Ahman Green. The Huskers converted four third-down plays in the drive, including a third-and-9 when Frost hit Green for 13 yards on Nebraska's longest pass play of the half.

Stopped for no gain on third-and-1 from the 8, the Huskers called timeout, and then Green took Frost's handoff, skirted left and dashed almost untouched through a big hole to make it 12-3.

Brown added field goals of 28 and 50 yards in the second quarter.

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