Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Coming into its game against Kansas State, Nebraska hoped to make quick work of the Wildcats by taking control of the game early in Ron Prince's first home game since his dismissal last week.
And despite some early struggles, the Cornhuskers have taken control as they have cruised to a 35-14 halftime lead.
Almost like Prince would have ordered, the Wildcats produced an early turnover that resulted in a 57-yard interception return by Courtney Herndon for a touchdown barely 4 minutes into the game for an early lead.
A Nebraska defense that was awarded its Blackshirts earlier this week played like it throughout the first half. The Cornhuskers have limited Kansas State to minus 7 yards rushing and 107 total yards in the first half.
Prince left himself open for a lot of second-guessing on Kansas State's final possession of the first half. After Nebraska defensive end Zach Potter was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet personal foul on Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman, the Wildcats advanced to the Nebraska 12-yard line late in the first half.
But Prince disdained an easy field goal to go for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. And Freeman's pass for Brandon Banks was short, leaving Kansas State with no points on the drive.
Nebraska is playing for better bowl positioning and Prince's team will have its bowl hopes snuffed out with a loss.
After the first half, it looks like the Cornhuskers postseason hopes appear much more alive than the Wildcats'.