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Sproles sets school career TDs, Big 12 all-purpose marks

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Allen Webb came within inches of going
into the Kansas State record book. Now he goes back to the bench.

The Wildcats' backup quarterback rushed for 147 yards and scored
four times and Darren Sproles broke two offensive records, leading
Kansas State to a 45-21 victory over Nebraska on Saturday.

But Dylan Meier, a fan favorite and one of the Big 12's leading
passers, will be back under center as soon as he's healthy.

"Dylan's our quarterback," coach Bill Snyder said. "This puts
Allen in a position where we feel comfortable, if he continues to
prepare himself during the course of the week ... we will have a
great deal of confidence in him."

Webb scored on runs of 13, 8, 1 and 9 yards for Kansas State
(3-4, 1-3 Big 12), which broke a three-game losing streak. He would
have tied Kansas State's single-game record with five TDs if he
hadn't fumbled just as he started to cross the goal line in the
fourth quarter.

"I was proud of him," Snyder said. "He still had his share of
mistakes. You put the ball on the ground when you're in the end
zone, that's not a real good thing to do."

The Wildcats, who snapped a 29-game losing skid to the
Cornhuskers in 1998, have now beaten their former tormentors three
years in a row, four of the last five and five of the last seven.

Nebraska (4-3, 2-2) remains winless in Big 12 road games under
first-year coach Bill Callahan.

But the Huskers also remain tied for the Big 12 North lead with
Missouri, which lost to No. 22 Oklahoma State to fall to 2-2 in the
conference.

"We have got to get better," Callahan said. "It's
frustrating. We found ways to come back in this game, and it still
slipped away."

The Huskers stayed in the game with two long pass plays and a
defensive touchdown but collapsed in the fourth quarter with three
consecutive turnovers that led to two Wildcats touchdowns.

Webb, who found out on Thursday that he would start, got a pep
talk from the seniors just before kickoff.

"They just told me they believe in me," he said. "I told
them, 'Thank you' and I believed in them, too. I'm glad we got it
done."

Confidence in Webb was scarce around Kansas State all week.
Every time he had subbed for Meier in previous games, the offense
had struggled.

"I'm just glad I got the job done," Webb said. "I've always
been raised to have confidence in myself and be resilient. And I
think what our team has done today."

Sproles rushed for 135 yards on 22 carries and scored on two
short runs. His first, a 2-yard sprint, broke the school career
record with his 41st touchdown. He also scored on a 3-yard run and
raised his career all-purpose yards total to 6,025, breaking the
Big 12 record held by former Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams
of Texas.

Webb, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, led the Wildcats on touchdown drives
of 75 and 49 yards on their first two possessions.

"We are going to keep working, keep pounding the rock,"
Callahan said. "We are persistent and insistent on our philosophy
we have tried to ingrain."

Sproles turned a short pass into a 26-yard gain and Webb hit
Yamon Figurs for 23 yards, setting up Webb's 13-yard TD run.

Five minutes later, with the help of carries of 18 and 16 yards
by Sproles, Webb made it 14-0 with an 8-yard run.

Two long pass plays kept the Huskers in the game in the first
two quarters despite Kansas State's dominance.

Kansas State had 134 total yards to Nebraska's minus-2 when Cory
Ross took a shovel pass from Joe Dailey and sped 63 yards, setting
up Brandon Jackson's 20-yard touchdown run.

Sproles' record-breaking touchdown run had put the Wildcats up
21-7 when Terrence Nunn got behind the secondary and hauled in
Dailey's pass for a 55-yard gain.

Three plays later, Jackson took it in from the 2 and the Huskers
trailed only 21-14.

Kansas State was attempting to punt from its own end zone in the
third period when the center snap hit one of the up men. Nebraska's
Daniel Bullocks picked up the ball on the 10 and took it in for the
touchdown, bringing Nebraska to 24-21.

After Webb's 1-yard run put Kansas State on top 31-21, the
Wildcats turned consecutive Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns,
with Webb going 9 yards for one score and Sproles getting a 3-yard
TD run a few minutes later.

Joe Rheem had a 40-yard field goal for Kansas State.