LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Jordan Congdon kicked a 40-yard field goal
with 1:05 left and Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak with a
27-25 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) became bowl eligible after
missing postseason play last year for the first time since 1968.
K-State (4-6, 1-6) lost its fifth straight and will miss out on a
bowl for the second straight year.
Congdon's winning kick came after Kansas State had come back
from a 24-12 deficit to lead 25-24 on Tim Schwerdt's 27-yard field
goal with 4:18 to play.
Freshman Harrison Beck, who took over for the injured Zac Taylor
in the fourth quarter, led Nebraska on its winning drive after
throwing a costly interception that set up K-State's go-ahead field
Taylor, who had taken every snap this season, was knocked out
with 14:06 left when he took a hard hit from Zach Diles.
Beck hit Nate Swift with a 21-yard completion, and a
roughing-the-passer penalty on Tearrius George moved the ball to
the K-State 31. Four plays later Congdon kicked his freshman
school-record 15th field goal of the season. He has now made nine
in a row.
Taylor threw two touchdown passes to Swift. His second, a
34-yarder that gave Nebraska its 12-point lead in the third
quarter, allowed him to break Dave Humm's single-season passing
record of 2,074 yards in 1972. Taylor has thrown for 2,094 yards
with one regular-season game left.
Taylor was 21 of 31 for 220 yards. Beck was 1 of 6 for 21 yards,
with an interception.
Allan Evridge, who didn't complete a pass until 6:13 remained in
the third quarter, was 5 of 27 for 77 yards, with an interception.
Evridge led all rushers with 138 yards and two touchdowns on 30
Cory Ross led Nebraska with 69 yards and a touchdown on 26
The Wildcats converted a Nebraska turnover into a touchdown and
recorded two safeties in the third quarter to pull within 24-22.
But Nebraska turned back the Wildcats on their next four series,
two of which ended on an interception and a blocked field goal.
But after Bryan Baldwin intercepted Beck and made a 36-yard
return to the 9, the Wildcats were in position for Schwerdt's
go-ahead field goal.
Nebraska took a 17-12 lead late in the first half on Taylor's
19-yard touchdown pass to Swift, and the two connected again in the
third quarter for a 24-12 advantage.
Kansas State got back to 24-20 thanks to two Nebraska mistakes.
Blake Seiler recovered a Taylor fumble at the Nebraska 11, and
Evridge scored two plays later on a 7-yard run. A botched PAT
attempt left the score 24-18.
After Nebraska kick returner Marlon Lucky made an ill-advised
decision to bring the ball out of the end zone and was stopped at
the 2, Kansas State's Maurice Porter and Diles tackled Ross in the
end zone for a safety.
The Wildcats were threatening to score the go-ahead touchdown
when Corey McKeon intercepted a tipped ball at the 4.
Kansas State recorded another safety to pull to 24-22 when
Reggie Walker tackled Ross in the end zone after Ross caught a
swing pass from Taylor.
K-State missed another chance to take the lead on the ensuing
possession when Barry Turner blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt.