The stats were pretty even in the Huskers 17-3 win over K-State. In fact, you could even say the Wildcats had the edge in total number, but the biggest stats come from the defensive side of the ball as the Huskers found a way to keep K-State from getting into the end zone and for head coach Bo Pelini. It all starts with the right attitude from the defense.
Pelini referred to specifically the Larry Asante hit in the third quarter. After the Huskers took that 17-3 lead, KSU quarterback Grant Gregory hit Keithen Valentine across the middle, who appeared headed in for a touchdown, but Asante delivered big blow popping the ball loose at the one.
K-State would then miss a 32 yard field goal shortly after that turnover as well. The Blackshirts came up big again. Prior to that turnover by Asante, the Huskers offense took a shot deep and it paid off on a third and one, when Zac Lee hooked up with Niles Paul for a 47 yard pass. Lee talks about that pass.
Roy Helu took the next play 14 yards for the score giving NU the two touchdown cushion and the Big 12 North. The pollsters predicted it, but I’m still surprised it happened this quickly. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh says they have a long way to go but players are believing.