For six ISU players Saturday will be a homecoming as the Cyclones travel to Nebraska to play the 3-0 Cornhuskers.
Stevie Hicks, Nick Leaders, Jon Davis, Caleb Berg, Brandon Gunn and Brandon Johnson all call
"It's a big game for me and I'm
not from Nebraska," said sophomore Todd Blythe. "I
can't even imagine how big it is for them.
"Nebraska is about all they've got in
Nebraska; they don't have a pro-team or
any other real big D-I schools. This is going to be a huge game for them and
with Nick Leaders being a senior it'd be a great time to send him off with a
Davis, a junior wide out, has played a
couple times prior in Memorial Stadium; he said it will be good just to see some
"I know a lot of people that went
to that school and a lot of friends and family are going to be able to see that
game, but I don't put that much on importance on it and lose focus,"
Nebraska home crowd hasn't been friendly
for the Cyclones. Iowa State has won just
six times in 53 tries against Nebraska
and in recent years.
has won the past 13 match-ups against the Cyclones in
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 match-ups with
including a 28-0 shutout of Iowa
a 24-21 Iowa
win at Memorial Stadium in 1977, the Huskers have outscored ISU 639-135 in 13
match-ups in Lincoln, an average score of 49.2-10.4.
has not scored more than 14 points in Lincoln
Iowa State can't let history try to detour
what they're trying to accomplish in the present.
"We try to approach every game the
same, just as another opponent," he said. "It's a big game for the week. We
don't try to look at teams as just being that great that we can't go in and get
the job done."
If in fact this is the year the
Cyclones get the job done in Lincoln, Davis and his native Nebraskans
want to make sure their family and friends are there to witness
Davis is still trying to scrounge up a
few more tickets. Iowa State players are allotted four,
Davis needed around
"I think I'm short maybe three or
four," Davis said. "I'm trying to find some of
the guys to trade with."
Nebraska didn't recruit him very hard out
of Papillion High
"I think they wanted me to
walk-on, but I really didn't want to do that as a wide
Early in his career the trips home
back to Nebraska during the year weren't amusing,
but this summer Davis got the last laugh after
Iowa State's 34-27 victory over the
"When we were losing they did give
me a lot of stuff, but this last time they didn't say stuff,"
Davis said. "I didn't try to rub it,
they just didn't bring it up. So I left it at that; they knew."