Former Kansas State quarterback Chad May put on a show in Memorial Stadium in 1993. May set a Big 8 record by throwing for 489 yards, but he also threw two costly interceptions that keyed NU touchdown drives that put the game out of reach in a 45-28 Husker victory.
The following year, the Wildcats were optimistic that they would finally end more than a quarter century of futility against Nebraska. The New York Times rated Kansas State as the #1 team in the country going into the game in Manhattan and both Tommie Frazier and Brook Berringer (not to mention safety Mike Minter) were hampered by injuries.
Matt Turman was the starting quarterback for Nebraska. As a result, the Huskers managed only 220 total yards including just 4 pass completions. But that was all the Huskers would need to stymie May’s Wildcats. May was harassed into 22 of 48 passing, with six sacks, an interception, and two fumbles. In the dogpile to recover a fumble, May was poked in the eye and his clear dismay at the act of a bullying by the Husker lineman (Christian Peter, I recall) made it pretty clear that the Blackshirts were in his head. K-State finished with only 6 points that day versus 17 for Nebraska.
"We're all hurt right now," May said. "We expected to come in and win the ballgame, but it didn't turn out that way.
"Everybody is kind of upset, but we have to bounce back against Colorado next week." May went onto say. Oops. The Husker hangover may have hurt the ‘Cats as they were downed by the Buffs (and frequent NU victim Kordell Stewart) a week later.
Bitter in defeat, May wasn’t shy about what he thought of Nebraska, "That team can be beat," May said. "They are going to get beat this year, I know that. It's going to happen, probably in the Big Eight Conference." The Huskers finished the season 13-0 with a national championship while May’s Wildcats played in the Copper Bowl (which has since been renamed the Insight.com Bowl).
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