Kansas State University

Unpleasant host awaits Kansas State in Lincoln

Nebraska's Memorial Stadium remains a venue opposing football teams dread.

The place is always packed — the Cornhuskers have sold out a record 302 consecutive games — with more than 81,000 rowdy fans, and Nebraska feeds off the crowd for victories.

Kansas State veterans admit playing at Nebraska is a chore. Since 1968, the Wildcats' only win at Nebraska was in 2003. Their last trip to Lincoln, in 2007, was a 73-31 defeat.

But K-State coach Bill Snyder says the past has nothing to do with the present. His team can't think about any of that if it hopes to win today and claim the Big 12 North.

"We have to play better than they do," Snyder said. "That's the bottom line anywhere. It is going to a big challenge to play in a very large stadium with a bunch of red-clad fans cheering against you, but that's part of this game. The main challenge is just to go out and compete between the white lines."

The Wildcats would be better served to take a look at the Huskers' two home losses this season.

Nebraska lost to Texas Tech 31-10 and Iowa State 9-7 in consecutive October games. Turnovers played a large part in each.

The Red Raiders capitalized on two turnovers, including an 82-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and 24 first-half points. The following week, Nebraska turned the ball over eight times and Iowa State took advantage.

For offensive lineman Nick Stringer, that means Nebraska may no longer be invincible at home.

"Iowa State, they played a great game up there," Stringer said. "They did what they had to do to win. Now we need to do the same."