Iowa State vs. Nebraska: By the Quarters

First Quarter:

In a sloppily played first quarter of penalties and fumbles, Iowa State made the most of the opportunities given. Nebraska quarterback Jammal Lord, who would lose a fumble of his own later in the quarter, fired a pass to Josh Davis on 3rd-and-5, but was hit by Tim Tebrink and fumbled into the hands of Atif Austin.

That mishap led to a 23-yard field goal by Adam Benike and 3-0 lead with 8:24 left in the quarter. The Husker defense committed two crucial penalties on the drive, one a personal foul penalty that erased what would have been a 3rd-and-10 play. A facemask call gave the Cyclones a first down in the red zone.

Another Nebraska penalty, Lord's fumble, would lead to seven more points and a 10-0 ISU lead. Lord looked to scramble out of a rush and was hit a few yards short of the first down marker. Seneca Wallace hit on both of his pass plays on the ensuing drive, hitting Jack Whitver once for seven yards and Lane Danielsen for six more. Then Hiawatha Rutland carried four straight times for 11 yards, including a plunge into the end zone with 14:57 left in the half.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

Nebraska's offense got some much-needed momentum on the first play of the ensuing drive when Lord rolled out and hit Ross Pilkington for a 90-yard touchdown. The score came just 26 seconds into the second quarter and cut the deficit to 10-7.

For the first time in the game, ISU took over without good field position. However, it didn't stop the Cyclone offense from moving the ball. Surprisingly, a few of the yards come on the shoulders of Hiawatha Rutland and Mike Wagner. The duo combined for 25 yards on seven carries. Wallace, meanwhile, completed three passes to Danielsen for 35 yards. But ISU would once again settle for an Adam Benike field goal, this one for 36 yards with 8:15 left in the half.

With momentum back on its side, the Cyclone defense went back to work on Lord. The Nebraska quarterback was hit for an 11-yard loss on first down and two plays later his team was forced to punt.

Two timely third-down conversions and continued success on the ground led to ISU's second touchdown of the day. Rutland carried five times for 19 yards, including a 10-yarder on the possession's first play. After getting a third-down pass interference call for a fresh set of downs early in the drive, the Cyclones scored on 3rd-and-3 at the goal-line when Wallace hit Danielsen on a quick slant. The Cyclone two-point conversion attempt failed and left the score 19-7 with 2:48 left in the half.

Nebraska's offense continued to struggle on the following drive, going three-and-out yet again. Lord was hit for an eight-yard loss on first down, then the Huskers committed an illegal substitution to bring up 3rd-and-23. One play NU eventually punted into the hands of Todd Miller who returned it to midfield.

The Cyclones turned to Wallace in a two-minute situation, as the quarterback attempted five straight passes, completing four of them for 44 yards. However, Wallace tried to hit Lance Young in the end zone with nine seconds remaining and the pass was picked off by Fabian Washington.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

After failing to put any points on the board to end the first half, ISU got back on the right track by going 80 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown. The Cyclones did so on the strength of their running game. Wagner keyed the drive with a 25-yard run down the left sideline. Wallace later rushed for nine yards to the goal-line, then four plays later plunged into the end zone on 4th-and-1. ISU grabbed a 26-7 lead just 4:38 into the quarter.

After another three-and-out by the Husker offense, its fourth in a row, ISU took over deep in its own zone. After an eight-yard completion from Wallace to Young, the Cyclones could not pick up a fresh set of downs thanks in large part to a false start penalty. On the ensuing punt play, Nebraska's Aaron Terpening came through on the blitz and blocked Tony Yelk's first punt of the day. The Huskers recovered at the two-yard line and quickly scored on a Judd Davies plunge.

ISU's turnover problems carried onto the following drive when Young caught a slant pass from Wallace for 12 yards and fumbled into the hands of Nebraska. The play came just after Wallace escaped a blitz and scrambled 30 yards into Husker territory.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

On Nebraska's fifth play from scrimmage following the interception, Lord threw an interception to Brandon Brown who returned it down to the eight-yard line to set up another ISU touchdown, a seven-yard rollout by Wallace to the right corner of the end zone. The score gave the Cyclones a 33-14 lead with 13:21 to play.

With the game all but over, Nebraska picked up more than one first down on a drive for the first time. Backup quarterback Mike Stuntz came in for Lord and hit on a pair of nice pass completions of seven and 12 yards to Wilson Thomas. However, thanks to yet another big play from Leaders, a sack on Stuntz, Nebraska was forced to go for it on 4th-and-11. Stuntz fired an incomplete pass deep and the Cyclones took over at their own 35-yard line.

Five Wagner rushes later, ISU sent Benike onto the field for a 37-yard field goal attempt. The first-year kicker knocked in his third 3-pointer of the game to give the Cyclones a 36-14 advantage with just under four minutes to play.

As if the Husker's offensive woes weren't bad enough, tailback Marcus Simmons added another jolt when he fumbled on his first carry of the game. ISU recovered at the Husker 27-yard line and put a blowout victory over Nebraska on ice.

Advantage: Iowa State.

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