Ames Escape: No. 7 Nebraska Survives Upset Bid By Iowa State In Overtime

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Nebraska Vs. Iowa State: Huskers Survive Upset Bid, Win In Overtime

For the second straight year, Iowa State hung a little too close for comfort to powerful Nebraska. This year, though, the Huskers pulled out a win.

Nebraska scored first in overtime, then thwarted an Iowa State two-point attempt with an interception, giving the Cornhuskers a 31-30 road win in Ames. Last year, the Cyclones staged a 9-7 upset in Lincoln.

Nebraska scored 17 straight points in the third quarter, then coughed up a 14-point fourth quarter lead. Neither team managed any points in the last ten minutes of regulation, however, forcing overtime between the Big 12 North leader and a team looking for a sixth win and bowl eligibility.

The Huskers relied on their running game with quarterback Taylor Martinez out, and Rex Burkhead and Roy Helu Jr. combined for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Austen Arnaud threw for 202 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

For more on this game, please visit Corn Nation and Clone Chronicles.


Huskers In Trouble: No. 9 Nebraska Getting Game From Iowa State

Nebraska was supposed to have an easy time of it against Iowa State. Of course, the same was said last year. And for two straight years, the suppositions have been wrong.

After 17 straight third quarter points, Nebraska entered the fourth quarter with a 24-10 lead. Iowa State has since tied things up, scoring 14 points in 49 second of game clock thanks in part to a Nebraska fumble.

This isn't what Nebraska wants or needs, especially after having the Big 12 North title all but sewn up entering today. But for the second season in a row, the Huskers might have a great season marred by a loss to Paul Rhoads' Cyclones.

One thing that would have helped the Cornhuskers today is a healthy Taylor Martinez. The erstwhile Heisman candidate hasn't played thanks to a leg injury, and Cody Green has replaced him. That's effectively neutralized the passing game: Green has just 79 yards in the game.

The running game has been better: both Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead are within whispering distance of 100-yard outings.

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