Now the Wildcats (4-3 overall, 1-2 Big 12 Conference) remain two wins shy of becoming bowl eligible for the first time in three years.
Even though the game was ugly to watch from the press box, I still have to give out my weekly awards because some of the players actually had a decent game.
Player of the game on offense – Wide receiver Jermaine Moreira (Juice)
He has been the most consistent player on the offensive side of the ball this year, and that was never more apparent than against Nebraska. He led the team in receptions (6) and yards (86) for the fourth time this season.
Moreira leads the team in almost every receiving category this season including yards (414), yards per catch (18.8), yards per game (59.1) and touchdowns (2).
Player of the game on defense – Defensive end Ian Campbell
Campbell was one of the lone bright spots on a defense that allowed 356 yards of total offense and 190 yards on the ground. He was second on the team with eight total tackles, including two for loss, and he also had a two-yard sack.
Surprise Contributor – Wide receiver Daniel Gonzalez
With receiver Jordy Nelson's role being reduced in the past couple of weeks, Gonzalez has been asked to play a larger role in the Wildcat offense. He responded this week with a successful fake punt in the first quarter. Linebacker Brandon Archer handed him the ball on the fake and he rushed for 38 yards on the first carry of his career. He was also second on the team with four receptions for 72 yards.
Play of the game –
Josh Mueller 3-yard touchdown catch with 11:02 left in 2nd
Nebraska took a 14-0 lead after quarterback Zac Taylor hit Mueller for the touchdown early in the second quarter. This forced K-State to go to the air more often than coach Ron Prince would have liked, which made the Wildcats one-dimensional and took away any chance they had of establishing a running game. The Huskers came out and punched K-State in the mouth early, and the Wildcats were never able to recover.
Offensive Grade – F
The most telling statistic besides the mere three points scored is the 1-of-13-conversion rate on third downs. The Wildcats were only able to muster 22-yards rushing and could not put together a decent drive of any kind during the game.
Defensive Grade – C
All three touchdown drives for the Huskers were at least 72 yards. The K-State defense forced Nebraska into eight punts, but was unable to cause a turnover or stop the Huskers' running attack, as they rushed for 190 yards. The Wildcats were successful in pressuring Taylor, however, as they combined for four sacks.
Special Teams Grade – B-
Kicker Jeff Snodgrass was 1-of-2 on field goal tries, and was the lone reason why the Wildcats put points on the board. The Cornhuskers successfully converted a fake field goal for a touchdown, and the Wildcats converted a fake punt for a 38-yard run, giving them their only first down of the first quarter and a half. The punt and kickoff coverage teams were effective, as the Cornhuskers were only able to get 40 ret