"We are very excited to return to Manhattan for our first Thursday night game since 1992," said Dave Brown, ESPN Vice President of Programming. "Nebraska and Kansas State have given us many great games over the years on ABC and ESPN and we thank both schools and the Big 12 Conference for scheduling this game on Thursday night."
In addition to making an ESPN Thursday night appearance for the second straight year, it will mark Nebraska's sixth overall ESPN Thursday night game, all on the road. Nebraska is a perfect 5-0 in those games, picking up wins at Missouri in 2009, at Southern Miss in 2003, at Oklahoma State in 1993 and 1995 and at Texas Tech in 1994.
The 2010 season will also mark the second straight season the Nebraska-Kansas State matchup will be nationally televised by ESPN. Last year's game in Lincoln that decided the Big 12 North title was televised in a Saturday prime time window on ESPN.
Nebraska played three games on ESPN last season, defeating Arizona in the Holiday Bowl in addition to the wins over Kansas State and Missouri.
The move of the Kansas State game to Thursday night gives Nebraska open Saturdays on Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Nebraska opens its 2010 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 against Western Kentucky in Lincoln. Additional television information for the 2010 season will be available at a later date.