Print and Go Back ESPN.com: Big 12 [Print without images]

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Final: Nebraska 56, Kansas State 28

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Nebraska will likely be playing in a bowl game this season. The Cornhuskers' 56-28 victory over Kansas State only improved their resume.

Joe Ganz paced a Nebraska offense that rolled up 608 yards in improving to a 7-4 record.

Notre Dame's triumph over Navy makes the Irish's bowl portfolio stronger. It's hard to believe that the Gator Bowl will avoid Notre Dame, even with a potential 7-5 record.

So Nebraska's victory likely makes them more likely to play in either the Alamo Bowl or the Sun Bowl. And both warm-weather locales should be intriguing for Nebraska fans who missed out on a bowl game last season.

The Cornhuskers are playing their best football of the season in their last two games. Ganz passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns and chipped in with a game-high 95 rushing yards to key Nebraska's attack. Ganz was one of five rushers with at least 49 yards as the Cornhuskers dominated in the trenches, piling up a season-best 338 yards rushing.

But an even more impressive facet of the Cornhuskers' defense. After Kansas State jumped ahead early on a 57-yard interception return by Courtney Herndon, the Cornhuskers played like they deserved the Blackshirts awarded to them earlier in the week by Coach Bo Pelini.

Take away that score and a 97-yard kickoff return by Brandon Banks and the Cornhuskers allowed only two touchdowns. The Nebraska defense helped chase Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, who was replaced in the second half by Carson Coffman.

It was the kind of performance that will make bowl selectors take notice.