Nebraska-Kansas State: Huskers Play Complete Game, Daniel Thomas Stands Alone

Paul HeidrickContributor IOctober 8, 2010

There are many stats that people are touting as "the stat of the game." 

Taylor Martinez ran for 241 yards, a new quarterback record for Nebraska.  His four rushing touchdowns tied a school record, his 370 total yards broke a freshman record.

Daniel Thomas was held to a season-low 63 yards on 22 carries. 

Nebraska's average touchdown play was just over 58 yards long. 

The night was full of big plays and stats, but one that sticks out is that Kansas State's defense gave up 104 fewer total yards than Daniel Thomas has rushed for the entire season.

Martinez is fast—very fast.  His longest touchdown run of the day was a draw up the middle, untouched, for 80 yards.  Even Bill Snyder commented that his defense was not very fast and how bad of a matchup it was for them. 

Martinez was focused again last night, something he forgot to do in his last game.  He made the correct reads, followed blocks, and played a near-perfect game, but he had help.  Roy Helu had a long TD run, Kyler Reed outran defenders after making a deep catch, and the offensive line blocked well.

Daniel Thomas, on the other hand, did not receive enough help to overcome another great stand by the Blackshirts.  Carson Coffman passed for 91 yards with one TD and one interception.  The line could not keep the Nebraska linebackers from chasing Thomas down, many times resulting in one-yard gains.  Even when Thomas lined up in the "wildcat" formation, it was not effective, almost making it easier for the linebackers to key on him.

Thomas came into the game with 628 yards on the season and left with 691.  He started the game with six touchdowns on the season and finished the game with six touchdowns for the season.  He has averaged 8.4, 6.5, 5.3, and 3.5 yards per carry in the four games he played before last night and finished the night with a 2.9 yard average.  He has also not scored a touchdown in his last two games.

This is sure not how Bill Snyder wanted to celebrate his 71st birthday. The loss was big, 35 points to be exact.  Kansas State scored its only touchdown in the fourth quarter, when the score was 45-6 and backup defenders were starting to surpass the number of starters still on the field for the Huskers. 

That being said, one must remember the accomplishments Coach Snyder has had.  K-State rose from a state of "football nonexistence" when Snyder arrived.  He turned the team into winners in the '90s.  In the next decade, he won a conference title.  Snyder is a three-time coach of the year and coaches in a stadium that is named after him: "Bill Snyder Family Stadium."  There are only two other stadiums in the country named after a coach, and one of them is Bear Bryant.