Cy'zing up Nebraska

Nebraska returns to action following a bye week by kicking off Big 12 action with a North Division matchup against Iowa State. The Cyclones and Huskers both come into the game after perfect 3-0 non-conference seasons.

The Huskers enter the game with a 3-0 record in large part because of dominant defense and special teams play during the non-conference slate. The defense has allowed only 16 points in three games and scored four touchdowns of its own. The special teams have also played a key role, highlighted by a blocked field goal on the game's final play in a 7-6 victory over Pitt on Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium.

 

Century mark

Saturday's matchup marks the 100th all-time meeting between the two schools, with Nebraska holding an 81-16-2 advantage in the series. The Huskers have won the past 13 matchups in Lincoln and hold a 47-6 advantage in home games against Iowa State.

 

Few good ISU memories in Memorial Stadium

Iowa State has won just six times in 53 tries against Nebraska in Lincoln and in recent years, the Huskers have made life at Memorial Stadium miserable for the visitors from the east. Nebraska has won the past 13 matchups against the Cyclones in Lincoln, and has scored at least 28 points in each of those 13 games. The Huskers have had a victory margin of at least 28 points in the last 13 matchups with Iowa State in Lincoln, including a 28-0 shutout of Iowa State in 2003.

 

Since a 24-21 Iowa State win at Memorial Stadium in 1977, the Huskers have outscored ISU 639-135 in 13 matchups in Lincoln, an average score of 49.2-10.4. Iowa State has not scored more than 14 points in Lincoln since 1989.

 

Fast Starts Key in Nebraska-ISU Series

Nebraska has allowed the opposition just three points in the first half this season, including no first-quarter points. Nebraska itself hopes to get a quicker start as the Huskers have scored just one first-half offensive touchdown in the first three games.

 

Fast starts have a recent history of playing a key role in the Husker-Iowa State series. A year ago, Iowa State jumped to a 10-0 lead after the first quarter and a 24-7 halftime edge and held on for a 34-27 victory. The Cylcones posted a 36-14 win in Ames in 2002, after jumping to a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter and a 19-7 halftime edge.

 

In Lincoln, it has been Nebraska applying the quick starts. The Huskers floored Iowa State in 2003 with 21 first-quarter points en route to a 28-0 shutout victory. In 2001, the Huskers threw a similar knockout blow at Iowa State in Lincoln, leading 21-0 after one quarter and 42-0 at the half on their way to a 48-14 victory.

 

Huskers Set to Square Off Against Nationally-Ranked Iowa State Team

Saturday's matchup against Iowa State is the first of the season against a ranked opponent for the Huskers, as ISU comes to Lincoln ranked 23rd by the AP and just outside the top 25 in the coaches poll. This year's meeting marks just the fourth time in 100 meetings that Iowa State has entered the Nebraska game ranked in the Associated Press Poll (see left column). The matchup against a ranked Iowa State team marks two firsts in the NU-Cyclone series...

 

·      This season marks the first time Nebraska has faced a ranked Iowa State team in Lincoln

·      The 2005 meeting also marks the first time an unranked Nebraska team has squared off against a ranked Cyclone squad

 

The previous matchup between an unranked Nebraska team and a ranked opponent in Lincoln came in the 2003 season and Big 12 opener when the Huskers upended 24th-ranked Oklahoma State, 17-7.

  

Nebraska Has History of Success in League Openers

Nebraska has made a tradition of opening conference play in a winning fashion. The Huskers have won 29 of their last 30 conference openers since 1975, with the lone loss a 36-14 setback at Iowa State in 2002. Last season, Nebraska opened Big 12 play with a 14-8 victory over Kansas at Memorial Stadium.

 

Additionally, Nebraska has won its last 27 conference home openers since a 24-21 setback against Iowa State to begin the 1977 home Big Eight slate. Nebraska is 89-18-2 all-time in conference openers, including a 39-6-1 mark in Lincoln. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Nebraska is 7-1 in league openers.

 


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