Tyrone Byrd runs with the ball after picking off a Chris Pedersen pass.
After being stung twice early by Iowa State, fourth-ranked Nebraska went to its ground attack on a mild but blustery day and pulled away for a 45-13 win before a record Cyclone Stadium crowd of 54,475.
The win upped the Huskers to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in Big Eight play, while the Cyclones dropped to 3-4-1 and 1-2-1. Iowa State took a 7-0 lead on the third play of the game when quarterback Chris Pedersen connected with a wide-open Brandon Hughes on a 64-yard touchdown pass. Nebraska then moved from its 11 to the Cyclone 21, but the drive stalled and Gregg Barrios pulled NU within 7-3 with a 37-yard field goal.
On the next possession, ISU drove from its 24 to the Husker 8, but stalled and Jeff Shudak gave the home team a 10-3 lead with a 26-yard field goal with 2:40 left in the half.
After that, though, the Huskers put it together on both sides of the ball, scored five unanswered touchdowns, and put the game away by building a 38-10 lead at the end of three quarters.
I-back Leodis Flowers and quarterback Mickey Joseph did the most damage, as Rowers enjoyed the best day of his career, rushing for 208 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries, including the longest run of his career – a 70-yard touchdown sprint on the third play of the second half. It was his sixth-straight game over the 100-yard mark, equaling the third longest string of 100-yard games in Nebraska annals.