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Big XII: At last, Cats get win at Nebraska

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Published November 16, 2003

LINCOLN, Neb. - In his 15 years at Kansas State, Bill Snyder has turned one of the nation's worst programs into one of the best. But he still couldn't win at Nebraska.

That changed Saturday as K-State won 38-9, its first win in Lincoln since 1968.

"It was a very satisfying game for our players and coaches," Snyder said. "Extremely important to me is the fact that long-suffering Kansas State football fans are happy this evening."

Ell Roberson passed for 313 yards and threw two touchdowns that broke it open in the fourth. The Wildcats dealt the Huskers their worst home loss since 31-0 against Missouri on Nov. 1, 1958.

K-State clinched a share of the North title. It wins it if it beats Missouri on Saturday.

K-State became only the sixth team to beat the Huskers in the past 107 games in Lincoln. Its last victory at Nebraska was 12-0 on Nov. 9, 1968.

The Wildcats, who amassed a season-high 561 yards, got 313 after halftime. They scored 24 consecutive points before giving up an intentional safety as they lined up to punt from their end zone. They scored twice in the third quarter to break a 7-7 halftime tie.

"The third quarter was disastrous. The fourth quarter didn't get any better," Cornhuskers coach Frank Solich said. "It definitely caved in on us."

Andrew Shull recovered a fumble by Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord inside the Cornhuskers 30. Roberson later ran untouched into the end zone from 11 yards.

After Nebraska went three and out, K-State mounted a 15-play drive capped by Joe Rheem's 27-yard field goal. Roberson and James Terry then connected on touchdowns of 63 and 37 yards to put the Wildcats up 31-7.

TEXAS 43, TEXAS TECH 40: Chance Mock hit B.J. Johnson with a 9-yard touchdown with 46 seconds left for the host Longhorns, who won it when Keith Toogood missed a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

Mock, who began the season as the starter, relieved Vince Young after the Red Raiders took a 40-35 lead on Taurean Henderson's third touchdown run of the game.

Faced with 86 yards to cover with 1:57 left and no timeouts, Mock hit Roy Williams for 54 yards on his first play. The touchdown came when Mock floated a pass into the corner of the end zone and Johnson made a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch. On the drive, Moch was 4-of-5 for 74 yards.

Henderson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns as Tech rallied from a 35-21 deficit, and B.J. Symons threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

Symons drove Tech to the Texas 31 with five seconds left before Toogood, who had two extra points blocked, missed wide left.

OKLAHOMA 41, BAYLOR 3: Jason White threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, and the host Sooners didn't allow a touchdown for the third consecutive game to clinch the South title.

Oklahoma cruised after taking a 24-0 lead in the first quarter. White threw all of his touchdowns in the first half as the Sooners rolled up 260 yards of offense and took a 34-3 lead.

But from there, Baylor slowed Oklahoma with blitzes. The Bears defense, which entered 109th among 117 Division I-A teams, sacked White five times, knocked him down several more times and allowed seven first downs and 104 yards in the second half.

MISSOURI 45, TEXAS A&M 22: Brad Smith bounced back from a four-turnover game with 136 yards rushing, three touchdowns and no giveaways for the host Tigers.

Missouri, which lost to Colorado last weekend, led 16-0 5:34 into the game. It opened the game with a 22-yard run by Smith, 21-yard run by Zach Abron and 16-yard pass to J.D. McCoy. Smith capped the drive with a 7-yard touchdown run.

On the kickoff, Terrence Murphy stepped out of bounds at the 3 just before the ball rolled out. After the Aggies were stopped, punter Cody Scates took a knee in the end zone while trying to field a low snap for a safety. Abron, who rushed for 141 yards on 20 carries, then capped Missouri's next drive with a 2-yard touchdown run.

OKLAHOMA ST. 44, KANSAS 21: Vernand Morency replaced Tatum Bell and rushed for a career-best 269 yards and three touchdowns for the host Cowboys.

Bell, the conference's top rusher, sat with a sprained knee, and top reserve Seymore Shaw sat with a pulled quads. But Morency scored on runs of 19, 6 and 5 yards and rushed for 170 yards during the third quarter, when Oklahoma State scored 21 to pull away after leading 16-10 at halftime.

COLORADO 44, IOWA ST. 10: Joel Klatt threw two touchdowns and Brian Calhoun ran for two for the visiting Buffaloes. Colorado led 37-0 at halftime and allowed 1 net yard until late in the half, when Waye Terry completed three passes for 27 yards and ran for 2. Klatt, 21-for-27 for 288 yards, threw a 42-yard touchdown to D.J. Hackett and a 20-yarder to John Donahoe. Calhoun, who scored on two 4-yard runs, had 73 yards rushing and caught two passes for 58 yards.

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