Block party: Special teams kayo ‘Clones
Nebraska overwhelmed Iowa State with special teams and defense in a 28-0 victory over the Cyclones.
The Huskers blocked two Cyclone punts, including one that was returned for a score, and forced three turnovers to avenge a 36-14 setback to ISU in Ames last season.
Nebraska struck early, converting two blocked punts into touchdowns en route to a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
NU posted its second shutout of the year and has now gone 14 quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown at home. The Huskers allowed just 95 yards before halftime.
Josh Bullocks, who entered the contest with a nation-leading seven interceptions, sparked the Huskers on special teams with his first career punt block, giving the Huskers possession at the ISU 19-yard line. Jammal Lord’s 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal put the Huskers ahead by 7-0.
On its next series, Nebraska went 79 yards in just three plays to extend the lead to 14-0. Lord broke open a 2nd-and-1 play for 31 yards to the ISU 39 before wide receiver Isaiah Fluellen went on a 39-yard scoring jaunt around left end.
Nebraska’s special teams struck again as Demorrio Williams blocked Tony Yelk’s punt, and Josh Bullocks scooped up the ball and went 26 yards for his first career touchdown, giving NU a 21-0 advantage 14 minutes into the contest.