The Mac Report: Huskers Roll 28-14

On Saturday night in Jack Trice Stadium, the Nebraska Cornhuskers put the Iowa State Cyclones at a disappointing 0-2 in Big 12 play when the Huskers beat Iowa State by a score of 28-14. As always, Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney spoke with the media after the game. Find out what Coach Mac had to say right here in the Mac Report.

Missed Opportunities


Coach McCarney saw the same thing that the 55,000 plus in Jack Trice Stadium saw on Saturday night, missed opportunities but an experienced offense.


"They just made more plays than we did. We had opportunities to make some plays when we needed to but my congratulations go out to them. They are deservingly a nationally ranked team right now. They played like it tonight, they looked like it," McCarney said after the game.


Quote of the Night


"It's a loss and you know what, it's not good. We don't like losing, but the season goes on. We've got to find a way to rally and improve," – Dan McCarney.


Controversial Call


Controversy struck Jack Trice Stadium in the 3rd quarter when Meyer threw a pass to Austin Flynn in the corner of the end zone, which was ruled out of bounds. Here's what McCarney had to say about the call.


"They (referees) said that he didn't have control of the ball when he got his foot down, that was what I got. Obviously I didn't have a challenge left," McCarney said.  "That's a big play that we could have had, and should have had, but we didn't. We had an offensive pass interference call on a touchdown. We had our chances, we really did."


The Fake Field Goal


Austin Flynn was in the center of another controversial call, this one made by the coaching staff. On 4th and seven on the Nebraska 11-yard line, Iowa State ran a fake field goal where Flynn attempted to run for the first down. Iowa State came up three yards short. Here's what McCarney had to say about the play call.


"It came up a yard or two short. We worked on it all week and we thought we had it. We came up a little short," McCarney said.


An Improving Defense


Although the defense gave up 251 rushing yards, they also held Nebraska scoreless on five straight possessions in the second half. With that performance, McCarney saw nice improvement for a group with three new starters.


"There were some things, especially in the second half with our defense that I liked as well as I've seen all year long. With three new starters in there, I thought that we took some steps forward defensively in the second half," McCarney said.


One of those chances was starting junior Bryce Braaksma at defensive end over true freshman Rashawn Parker.


"Rashawn Parker is a great young man but he's just physically worn down," McCarney said.


According to McCarney, Saturday's game came down to Iowa State's failure to capitalize in big situations.


"We kept giving our offense opportunities which we couldn't capitalize off of. We've got a lot of work to day, a half of a season left," McCarney said after the game.


Notable Stats


  • In Iowa State's last three games, opposing quarterbacks are 20-21 in the first quarter.
  • In the first half on Saturday, 36% of Iowa State's plays ended up in Bret Meyer running the football. Meyer averaged 2.0 YPC on the game.
  • Nebraska had two running backs, (Cody Glenn 148 & Brandon Jackson 116) run for over 115 yards on the game. He Huskers rushed for 251 yards compared to Iowa State's 53.



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