Paul's kickoff return provides Nebraska cushion

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Niles Paul's 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter appears to have given Nebraska a little breathing room with a 21-12 lead over San Jose State with about 11 minutes left the game.

The biggest concern for the Cornhuskers appears to be San Jose's domination -- the Spartans have dominated time of possession, outgained them and appeared on the verge of notching their first victory over a Big 12 team since beating Baylor in 1980.

Despite a deep stable of backs, Nebraska has been unable to run the ball consistently against a San Jose State defense that was lucky to beat California-Davis last week.

The Cornhuskers need senior QB Joe Ganz to emerge with some big plays down the stretch to help ice the victory. Ganz has had a pedestrian game so far, failing to show the form that enabled him to throw for at least 345 yards in his last four starts.