Cyclone Game Balls: NU

Quarterback Bret Meyer

Iowa State's first-year starting quarterback is no longer the young, inexperienced signal-caller that struggled through his first few games. Meyer sparked an offensive outburst by completing 17-of-38 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns Saturday afternoon.

His two favorite targets continued to be Todd Blythe and Jon Davis. Meyer hit Blythe eight times for 188 yards and a score in the first half alone. He found Davis four times for 103 yards and a touchdown, including a 77-yard strike in the third quarter.

Placekicker Bret Culbertson

The freshman walk-on from Des Moines Lincoln remained perfect through three games. Culbertson hit field goals of 37 and 28 yards, and added three extra points to help the Cyclones to a 34-27 victory. His field goal with 11:01 remaining in the opening quarter gave ISU the lead for good.

Culbertson's performance was one of several bright spots in the kicking game. Instead of this area being one of their weaknesses, it became a strength for the Cyclones. They blocked two Nebraska field goals on the day, with Nick Leaders accounted for one of them. It was Leaders' fourth blocked kick of the season.

Cornerback Ellis Hobbs

The senior captain overcame a costly personal foul blunder early in the game to have a banner day on defense. Hobbs recorded eight tackles and broke up a game-high four passes in the victory. Hobbs and the secondary overcame a pass rush that struggled with the absence of Tyson Smith.

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