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Huskers Shuck Kansas State Big-Time

October 6, 1996 GMT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas State thought this might be its best shot at Nebraska since 1968, the last time the Wildcats beat the Cornhuskers.

What the No. 22 Wildcats got instead was this: a 39-3 loss Saturday in which Nebraska played one of its finest defensive games in Tom Osborne’s 23 years as coach.

It was the fourth straight year Kansas State came into the Nebraska game unbeaten. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who has won a school-record 49 games while turning the program around, is 0-8 against Osborne.

``We won’t change our offense,″ Snyder said. ``We will just do better, and do the things we can do. What they did, they did very well. What we did, we did very poorly.″

At halftime, No. 5 Nebraska (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) led 18-3, allowing Kansas State zero total yards. At the end of Nebraska’s 28th consecutive victory over Kansas State (4-1, 1-1), the Huskers had 432 total yards and Kansas State had 86.

``I remember playing Oklahoma State when they had Thurman Thomas and we won 30-something to nothing, and Thurman Thomas had 12 yards,″ Osborne said. ``That’s about as close to it as I can remember. The defensive coaches deserve a lot of credit. We disguised our coverages and kept them guessing.″

``That quarterback had no idea what we were doing,″ Nebraska safety Eric Stokes said. ``We had him confused from the beginning.″

Terrell Farley, returning after a brief suspension, sacked Kansas State quarterback Brian Kavanagh on the second play of the game. Only a 51-yard field goal by Jaime Rheem kept the Wildcats from a shutout.

``I was a little rusty last week, but now I’m back. I’m ready to roll again,″ Farley said.

``Every part of our defense was clicking,″ said tackle Jason Peter. ``The defensive line, the linebackers, the secondary. We were just all in tune.″

The strongest showing by Kansas State may have come from the purple-clad fans booing DeAngelo Evans. But if they were trying to shame him into quitting Nebraska and transferring to Kansas State, they too failed.

A high school sensation from Wichita, Evans was booed every time he carried the ball. The freshman wound up with 168 yards, two touchdowns and a keen appreciation for how repugnant he looks to Kansas State fans in his Nebraska uniform.

``I was surprised,″ said Evans, who broke a game-clinching 69-yard TD run on the third play of the second half.

``My teammates asked me would they boo you or cheer for you. I said I had a good high school career. I was a good person. I never got in trouble. I thought a lot of people would accept me a little warmer than they did. But they booed me pretty good.″