These Cats Have Not Forgotten Loss to Huskers

The only way to delete a small portion of the memory of last year's 73-31 loss to Nebraska would be for Kansas State to pull off a shocking upset Saturday in a 2:35 p.m. kickoff at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Ron Prince is facing one distraction after another.

Last week, he was fired from his Kansas State coaching position, and then had to ready a team to face No. 13 Missouri four days later.

This week, it's focusing on defeating Nebraska at Bill Snyder Family Stadium Saturday, but also knowing that a win next week over Iowa State would also be a must to become bowl eligible at 6-6.

"It can be very distracting," Prince said. "The game this week requires our full attention, but with an understanding that if we win this one, then this, or then that."

"We're in a playoff mode right now," defensive end Ian Campbell said. "It (bowl game) would mean everything."

Nebraska enters the game tied for second in the Big 12 North with a 3-3 record and is bowl eligible with a mark of 6-4.

Under first-year coach Bo Pelini, NU stumbled to a 3-3 start, but has since won three - Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas - of its last four, with that lone loss coming to Oklahoma, 62-28.

K-State can relate to those numbers as it lost to Nebraska a year ago ... 73-31.

That's: 73 points, 702 yards, and a 42-point margin of victory.

Nebraska 73, Kansas State 31.

"I don't know if you'll ever forget anything like that. They beat us pretty bad," said Campbell of last year's loss to Nebraska. "It's the worst loss from a statistical standpoint that I've ever suffered. It was a long game, no question."

"A long, long game," corrected Wildcat linebacker Reggie Walker.

Campbell wasn't finished.

"We were trying to do some things, and they just didn't work. It was frustrating," said Campbell, who Wednesday was named as one of 33 players on the Watch List for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive end. "There was talk that we weren't trying, but that's absolutely absurd. They just really beat us."

Fans were angered by the fact NU put 21 points on the board in the fourth quarter, but Walker wasn't one of them.

"We just didn't stop them," Walker said. "We couldn't stop them at all."

Prince looked back on the day as "... probably one of our darker moments."

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