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.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah.
Michigan State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Connor Cook said he was disappointed his teammates didn't vote him among the team's three captains this season.
Former Oklahoma State return man and running back Ty Hill, who was dismissed from OSU's program after his arrest on domestic violence charges, has enrolled at West Alabama.
A months-old Facebook post has cost the Nebraska football stadium announcer his job one day after his hiring was announced.
UCLA junior cornerback Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely following a robbery arrest early Sunday morning, coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.
No. 5 Michigan State will start redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland at one of its two cornerback spots Friday night at Western Michigan.