Joe Ganz rushed for a career-high 95 yards while adding 270 yards through the air to lead a balanced Nebraska offense in the Huskers’ 56-28 victory over Kansas State.
Ganz also ran for two scores and threw for two as he led the Huskers to over 600 yards of total offense. With his 270 yards in the air, Ganz has now gone over 3,000 for the season, joining Zac Taylor as the only Husker QBs to do so.
This game was all about the running attack. Ganz rushed for a game-high 95 yards on only 11 carries as NU finished with a season-high 340 yards rushing. Roy Helu Jr. added 72 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, while Marcus Mendoza tallied 58 yards, Quentin Castille added 51 yards, while Marlon Lucky finished with 47 yards.
Things started off shaky for the Huskers when Ganz had a pass picked off and taken back 57 yards for touchdown to put K-State up 7-0.
The Huskers tied the game up midway through the first quarter to make it 7-7 on a one yard run by Helu. Castille put NU up 14-7 on a 36 yard touchdown run on a 4th and 1 play.
K-State tied the game at 14-14 early in the second quarter as Josh Freeman hit Ernie Pierce on a 63 yard pass. After a fumbled punt by K-State on the ensuing NU offensive possession, the Huskers took over at the 30 and went in from 24 yards out on another Helu run.
This started a scoring streak of three straight touchdowns as the Huskers pulled away. Then it became a slugfest of each team trading touchdowns.
Kansas State backup quarterback Carson Coffman came on and lead the Wildcats on a 92-yard touchdown drive. With the Wildcats back within two touchdowns, Ganz took control on the Huskers’ next drive to put NU back in front by three touchdowns. He completed two passes for 35 yards and carried the ball five times for 49 yards, including a 25-yard TD run. K-State got the points right back however, as Brandon Banks took the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to pull the Wildcats to with 42-28. Ganz came right back for a 14-yard rushing touchdown, his second of the game.