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A brief heavy snow may have helped Kansas State...

By TOBIN BECK

LINCOLN, Neb. -- A brief heavy snow may have helped Kansas State stay within range of No. 9 Nebraska, but that advantage was lost at halftime and the Cornhuskers swept to a 38-0 victory.

'There's no question that the weather in the first half helped us, it made unequals almost equal,' Kansas State Coach Stan Parrish said.

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But the snow, which amounted to 1 inches, stopped by halftime and was removed by grounds keeper Bill Shepard with a tractor and blade in a 40-minute operation.

Nebraska took a 17-0 lead in the first half on touchdown runs by quarterback Steve Taylor and I-back Keith Jones and a 26-yard field goal by Dale Klein.

Taylor ran for two toudchdowns and passed for another while Jones scored twice while amassing 109 yards on 18 carries for the game.

'That's the worst playing conditions we've had here in the 24-25 odd years I've been coaching here,' Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said.

'I've always been able to tell recruits from the South and West Coast that we never play in the snow. And we really haven't.'

Nebraska linebacker Marc Munford said the team improved considerably from last week's 20-10 loss at Colorado. He also said he liked playing in the snow.

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'I thought the second quarter was kind of fun,' he said.

Nebraska improved to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Kansas State, which last beat Nebraska 12-0 in 1968, fell to 2-6 overall and 1-3.

Jones scored on a 2-yard run to complete an eight-play, 53-yard drive on Nebraska's first possession. Jones also completed Nebraska's scoring with a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Taylor scored on a 14-yard run to give Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 8:35 to go in the first quarter.

Klein kicked a 26-yard field goal less than five minutes later to complete the first-half scoring. Both teams had difficulty running in the snow on the slippery artificial surface.

In the third quarter, Taylor engineered a 61-yard drive that ended with his 1-yard scoring run to give Nebraska a 24-0 lead with 8:27 left. Taylor threw a 33-yard TD pass to split end Robb Schnitzler with 51 seconds left in the quarter.

Nebraska compiled 385 yards of total offense, including 325 on the ground. Kansas State managed 90 yards rushing and 16 passing.

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