Nebraska Cornhusker vs. Kansas State Wildcats: Game Thread - For the Big 12 North!

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Time: 6:45 PM Central 

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Opponent Blog: Bring on the Cats

Senior Night!

Mike's Tribute: Many of these players came to Nebraska as part of the famed 2005 class that was going to be the start of a Nebraska renaissance.  Tom Lemming named it the #1 class in the country, and other recruiting services rated it top notch.  Most of their classmates are long gone; some never qualified, others faded away.  Some transferred elsewhere to places like North Alabama (Harrison Beck), Hawai'i (Leon Jackson), and USC (Jordan Congdon).  Others finished their eligibility last year, such as Marlon Lucky

In 2006, things looked to be on the upswing for the Huskers: a Big XII North championship and a Cotton Bowl victory.  In 2007, the entire program imploded as the sham was exposed. The Huskers lost 7 games, most badly, as the defense became the laughingstock of college football, giving up 172 points in the final three games.  The coaching staff was removed, and Bo Pelini began to resurrect the program with this group. 

Two years later, the defense is no longer on of the worst, it's now one of the best in the country.  Ndamukong Suh is considered the best player in college football, and possibly the #1 draft pick in next year's NFL draft.  Phillip Dillard rededicated himself to excellence and has emerged as an all-conference level linebacker.  Walk-on Matt O'Hanlon emerged from obscurity to be a solid performer at safety, earning national defensive player against Oklahoma. 

This group has ridden the roller-coaster ride the last few years and leaves the program on an upward swing.

Jlew's Tribute: Wow has it really been 5 years? My son is 5; The time really moves on you sometimes. Some will take this class as an example of the Bill Callahan failure. Chasing recruiting stars that don't matter, when you can make your own stars, ect. I'm sorry I don't buy it.

This class, through hard work and perseverance through unstable times, laid the foundation for Nebraska's quick turnaround that started last year under Bo Pelini and continues on the eve of Nebraska winning the B12 North Title this year. Pelini and Nebraska were able to skip the usual rebuilding period because the raw materials were present, they just need refining.

If NU is going to continue their ascension to the top of the college football mountain, NU is going to need the talent to compete with the best. Nebraska will need players like the ones that play for the last time in Memorial Stadium tonight,  players with a combination of talent and desire.

I want to express my thanks to the senior players that end their Nebraska career this year. I have so many good memories thanks to your hard work.  Being able to say that you left the Nebraska football team better than when you started is the greatest complement I can give and that reward is yours.

Nebraska Seniors Playing Their Final Home Game:


Larry Asante
Chris Brooks
Wes Cammack
Andy Christensen
Phillip Dillard
David Harvey
Jacob Hickman
Menelik Holt
Colton Koehler
Derek Meyer
Matt O'Hanlon
Ndamukong Suh
Barry Turner

Blake Lawrence - Lawrence is a junior who will be honored with the senior class after his decision to give up football due to a series of concussions.

Rickey Thenarse is a senior, but hopes to earn a sixth year of eligiblity through a medical redshirt, so he won't be announced in this year's Senior Night.

Eight players have been around five years - Chris Brooks, Wes Cammack, Phillip Dillard, David Harvey, Jacob Hickman, Matt O'Hanlon. Andy Christensen has been around six years.

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Flying Suh is 2-0 now! Ndamukong Suh's final home game!
Photo by Dennis Hubbard


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Cody Green 6 60.0 33 59 55.9 317 52.8 5.4 2 2 22 131 21.8 6 2 - -
Zac Lee 9 60.0 136 227 59.9 1692 188 7.5 11 6 62 113 12.6 1.8 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Rex Burkhead 5 23 118 23.6 5.1 1 8 66 13.2 8.3 1
Ben Cotton 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 3.3 5 0
Cody Green 6 22 131 21.8 6 2 0 0 0 0 0
Roy Helu Jr 10 167 962 96.2 5.8 9 19 149 14.9 7.8 0
Austin Jones 4 6 15 3.8 2.5 0 1 2 .500 2 0
Zac Lee 9 62 113 12.6 1.8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Marcus Mendoza 3 4 10 3.3 2.5 0 6 40 13.3 6.7 0
Collins Okafor 1 1 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
Niles Paul 10 2 28 2.8 14 1 32 567 56.7 17.7 3
Dontrayevous Robinson 4 38 159 39.8 4.2 2 3 22 5.5 7.3 0
Lester Ward 2 8 24 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Antonio Bell 1 1 3 3 3 0
Chris Brooks 5 13 177 35.4 13.6 1
Rex Burkhead 5 8 66 13.2 8.3 1
Wes Cammack 1 1 2 2 2 0
Khiry Cooper 5 12 72 14.4 6 1
Ben Cotton 3 2 10 3.3 5 0
Curenski Gilleylen 7 16 299 42.7 18.7 1
Roy Helu Jr 10 19 149 14.9 7.8 0
Will Henry 1 1 1 1 1 0
Ryan Hill 2 2 8 4 4 1
Menelik Holt 6 15 175 29.2 11.7 1
Austin Jones 4 1 2 .500 2 0
Brandon Kinnie 4 7 61 15.3 8.7 0
Mike McNeill 9 21 211 23.4 10 3
Marcus Mendoza 3 6 40 13.3 6.7 0
Niles Paul 10 32 567 56.7 17.7 3
Kyler Reed 5 5 52 10.4 10.4 0
Dontrayevous Robinson 4 3 22 5.5 7.3 0
Dreu Young 3 3 63 21 21 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Alex Henery 10 - - - - - 15 19 80.0% 29 29 100.0% 74

Kansas State Statistics


Passing

Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
Carson Coffman 6 60.0 51 83 61.4 676 112.7 8.1 2 2 54 64 10.7 1.2 2 - -
Grant Gregory 10 60.0 89 144 61.8 970 97 6.7 4 3 93 286 28.6 3.1 3 - -
Collin Klein 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -8 -2 -8 0 - -

Rushing

Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg TD
Brandon Banks 11 10 92 8.4 9.2 0 51 657 59.7 12.9 1
Jarell Childs 2 13 79 39.5 6.1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Carson Coffman 6 54 64 10.7 1.2 2 0 0 0 0 0
Grant Gregory 10 93 286 28.6 3.1 3 0 0 0 0 0
Adrian Hilburn 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Collin Klein 4 1 -8 -2 -8 0 6 38 9.5 6.3 1
Daniel Thomas 11 213 1112 101.1 5.2 10 21 206 18.7 9.8 0
Keithen Valentine 11 54 356 32.4 6.6 6 6 5 .500 .800 0

Receiving

Receiving
G Rec Yds Y/G AVG TD
Brandon Banks 11 51 657 59.7 12.9 1
Lamark Brown 6 18 215 35.8 11.9 2
Jeron Mastrud 10 21 233 23.3 11.1 1
Sheldon Smith 3 3 27 9 9 0
Attrail Snipes 9 27 400 44.4 14.8 2
Travis Tannahill 2 2 37 18.5 18.5 0
Daniel Thomas 11 21 206 18.7 9.8 0
Keithen Valentine 11 6 5 .500 .800 0
Brice Vignery 2 3 27 13.5 9 0

Kicking

Field Goals PAT
G 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ FGM FGA PCT XPM XPA PCT pts
Josh Cherry 11 - - - - - 11 17 60.0% 27 30 90.0% 60
Brandon Klimek 2 - - - - - 1 1 100.0% 2 2 100.0% 5


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