Thursday, October 7, 2010
Instant analysis: Nebraska 48, K-State 13
By David Ubben
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- That was a dominant performance from Nebraska, but most importantly, a dominant performance from Taylor Martinez. No questions here, that 48-13 score isn't a fluke. Nebraska is that much better than Kansas State. The Huskers still have to travel to Stillwater and College Station, but after that performance, they established themselves as even heavier favorites in the North.
How the game was won: Martinez ran all over Kansas State. He racked up 241 yards rushing on just 15 carries and had for four touchdowns. The game got out of hand in the second half.
Turning point: Martinez's 35-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead was a sign of things to come and gave the Huskers a lead that eventually swelled to 45-6.
Stat of the game: Nebraska rushed for 450 yards. Kansas State rushed for 179.
Player of the game: Without question, Martinez had the best game of his young career, completing 5 of 7 passes for 128 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown pass to Kyler Reed, and rushed for 241 yards and four touchdowns.
Unsung hero of the game: Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David. David helped stuff Daniel Thomas and limit one of college football's best running backs to just 90 yards on 21 carries, without a touchdown.
What Nebraska learned: Even playing against one of college football's worst rush defenses, Nebraska showcased a three-headed monster that may challenge Oregon as the best running game in college football this year. They'll ride that all the way to the Big 12 title game.
What Kansas State learned: It's not a contender in the Big 12 North. They survived three close games to begin the season, but this game was never close in the second half and Nebraska looked dominant for the game's final three quarters.
Record performance: Martinez set a Nebraska quarterback record for rushing yards, breaking Jammal Lord's record of 234.