ISU vs. NU: By the Quarters

<b>AMES, IA --</b> Here is a quarter-by-quarter summary of the Cyclones' seven-point victory over the Huskers Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.

First Quarter:

Starting off the game on defense, Iowa State could not have started off much better. Nebraska's offense stuttered badly in going three-and-out. Joe Dailey lofted a pass way out of bounds in first down, then Cory Ross lost three yards on two plays, fumbling and recovering it on the second rush. That brought out the Husker punting unit.

The Cyclones took over and got a 40-yard pass play from Bret Meyer to Todd Blythe on first down. A 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty by Nebraska followed to set ISU up at the 16. However, the Cyclone offense went into conservative mode in the red zone. Meyer gained nothing on consecutive run plays, then a holding penalty cost ISU 10 yards. Meyer picked up 15 of those yards on 3rd-and-20 with a pass to Blythe. That brought on Bret Culbertson for a 28-yard field goal with 11:01 left in the opening quarter.

Nebraska got a big play in the passing game – a 32-yard strike from Dailey to Dusty Keiser – to set up shop in Cyclone territory. However, it would stall just outside of field goal territory after three consecutive incomplete passes by Dailey.

The Meyer-to-Blythe show continued on the Cyclones' next drive. The two hooked up for 51 yards on first down, giving ISU possession at the Husker 17. Five plays later, a scrambling Meyer hit tight end Ben Barkema for a four-yard touchdown. The Cyclones took a 10-0 lead with 4:18 remaining in the first quarter.

Following ISU's first three-and-out late in the opening quarter, Nebraska took over with great field position at midfield. On a key 3rd-and-4 play, Cory Ross sprinted 36 yards down the right sideline.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

On the opening play of the quarter, the Huskers scored their first points of the game. Dailey rolled right and hit fullback Steve Kriewald for a six-yard touchdown, making it 10-7.

Taking over at its own seven-yard line, ISU mounted an impressive scoring drive midway through the second quarter. It did so mostly through the air. Meyer completed 5-of-10 passes for 66 yards. But it was a Hicks run of all things that put the Cyclones in the end zone. The sophomore tailback scored his second career touchdown, gashing through the heart of the Nebraska defense for 12 yards. That gave the Cyclones a 17-7 lead with just under six minutes left in the half.

A weird series of events in the final six minutes of the half led to the Huskers missing two short field goals, and Iowa State getting another shot at a score up by 10 points. Husker kicker Sandro DeAngelis shanked a 23-yard field goal wide left, and after a Cyclone interception put him back in a similar situation, he saw a 33-yard blocked and returned to the ISU 43 by Jerry Gair.

Meyer started by hitting Blythe for 14 yards to the Husker 43, then rushed 12 more for another fresh set of downs. After a pair of incomplete passes, the Cyclone quarterback connected with Blythe in the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown. ISU took a commanding 24-7 lead with just five seconds remaining in the half.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

The Cyclone offense got going again early in the second half. Nebraska had pinned ISU at its own 4-yard line, but a 21-yard run by Hicks on the opening play got his team out of a hole. Meyer went on to complete 3-of-5 passes for 45 yards. The drive would stall out in the red zone, but Culbertson remained perfect on the season with a 37-yard field goal. ISU took a 27-7 lead with 8:19 remaining in the quarter.

Nebraska countered with its most impressive drive of the game, a 15-play, 77-yard drive that exhausted 5:43 of clock. It took advantage of a pair of Cyclone penalties on third down to sustain the drive. The first came on a defensive holding penalty on 3rd-and-6. Then, a pass interference call in the end zone on 3rd-and-10 the end zone gave the Huskers 1st-and-goal at the two. Ross capped the scoring drive off with a two-yard touchdown.

ISU answered that score in a huge way when Meyer hit Jon Davis over the top for 77 yards. The third-longest pass in school history came on a 3rd-and-7 with the Cyclones looking at a punt, and put them up by a 34-14 margin with 1:50 remaining in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

Needing to keep pace with an explosive ISU offense, Nebraska did just that. Dailey hit Mark LeFlore for 46 yards on the opening play. Six plays later, tailback Brandon Jackson plunged in from six yards out to cut the deficit to 34-20. DeAngelis' long day continued on the PAT attempt, as it was blocked by Nick Leaders.

Nebraska made the game even more interesting midway through the final quarter, going 60 yards over nine plays to cut Iowa State's lead to just seven points. Jackson plunged into the end zone from a yard out, making it 34-27 with five minutes remaining.

After a Cyclone three-and-out late in the game, Nebraska had one more shot to tie the game. However, on the first play, Dailey lofted an interception into the hands of linebacker Tim Dobbins at the ISU 30-yard line. That secured a seven-point victory for ISU and a hold on the Big 12 North Division lead.

Advantage: Iowa State.

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