Nebraska 27
Iowa St. 20

Oct. 1, 2005 • 2:30 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE • ABC
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1st quarter
NU: Congdon 30 yd. FG, 8:23
2nd quarter
IS: Culbertson 31 yd. FG, 11:43
3rd quarter
NU: Ross 70 yd. pass from Taylor (Congdon kick) 10:00 
IS: Nickel 2 yd. pass from Meyer (Culbertson kick) 5:39
IS: Culbertson 32 yd. FG, 2:01
4th quarter
NU: Congdon 23 yd. FG, 7:20
IS: Coleman 10 yd. run (Culbertson kick)   
NU: Ross 1 yd. run (Congdon kick)
NU: Ross 8 yd. pass from Taylor (Congdon kick)

                              ISU       NU
FIRST DOWNS................... 21       26
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 57       36
PASSING YDS (NET)............ 317      431
  Att-Comp-Int........... 23-41-1  36-55-0
TOTAL OFFENSE ............ 79-374   80-467
Fumble Returns-Yards....... 1-0-0    1-1-0
Punt Returns-Yards........ 1-11-0   5-70-0
Kickoff Returns-Yards..... 2-32-0   2-58-0
Int. Returns-Yds........... 0-0-0    1-6-0
Punts (Number-Avg)........ 6-44.3   4-40.5
Fumbles-Lost................. 1-0      1-1
Penalties-Yards............. 4-34     8-80
Possession Time............ 31:38    28:22
Third-Down Conv. ........ 7 of 19  5 of 14
Fourth-Down Conv. ........ 1 of 2   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances...... 3-6      2-4
Sacks By: Number-Yards...... 2-20     6-43

ISU: G. Coleman 20-65; J. Davis 1-11; S. Hicks 1-4; R. Kock 2-0; B. Meyer 14-minus-23

NEB: Ross, Cory 15-37; Nunn, Terrence 1-4; Taylor, Zac 7-34; TEAM 2-0

ISU: B. Meyer 41-23-1 317

NEB: Taylor, Zac 55-36-0 431 

ISU: A. Flynn 8-100; J. Davis 5-36; R. Sumrall 4-99; T. Blythe 3-51; W. Nickel 2-9; B. Barkema 1-22.

NEB: Ross, Cory 8-131 2 TD; Nunn, Terrence 8-59; Swift, Nate 5-81; Mulkey, Grant 5-60; Fluellen, I. 3-40; LeFlore, Mark 2-23; Hardy, Frantz 2-20; Sievers, C. 1-6; Todd, Dane 1-6; Phillips, J.B. 1-5


Stats & Recap
Complete Stats

Huskers prevail in double OT

Quarterback Zac Taylor hit Cory Ross on a wide open screen pass in the second overtime to cap Nebraska’s 27-20 double overtime victory over No. 23 Iowa State.

Taylor’s completion not only moved the Huskers to 4-0 on the season, it also earned several spots in the Nebraska record book. Taylor’s completion allowed him to finish with a school-record 431 yards passing on a school-record 36 completions while tying another school record with 55 attempts.

The reception by Ross also capped a career receiving day, as his eight receptions for 131 yards and two touchdowns set school records for receptions and receiving yardage by a Husker running back, while tying the position mark for touchdown receptions in a game held by current Green Bay Packer All-Pro Ahman Green.

After both teams scored rushing touchdowns with the help of defensive pass interference calls on their opening drives of overtime, Taylor drove the Huskers into the end zone, with Ross trotting in untouched for his third score of the day. Nebraska’s defense held the Cyclones on the next drive to send Husker fans into a frenzy.

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Pregame & team info
2005 schedule
04/16Red 14, White 42
09/03MaineW 25-7
09/10Wake ForestW 31-3
09/17PittsburghW 7-6
10/01Iowa StateW 27-20
10/08Texas TechL 31-34
10/15@ BaylorW 23-14
10/22@ MissouriL 24-41
10/29OklahomaL 24-31
11/05@ KansasL 15-40
11/12Kansas St.W 27-25
11/25@ ColoradoW 30-3
12/28MichiganW 32-28


Colonel Mustard

The slants and crossing patterns were open all day and Zac for the most part did a good job of hitting our receivers in stride.


Suddenly, all was right with the world. Taylor flung the pigskin around the yard like Ken Stabler. ... For a week, at least, hope’s alive.

Lincoln Journal Star

I'd still like to see Nebraska line up and knock somebody over and get 2 yards the old-fashioned way. But I don't get a vote.

Omaha World-Herald

Having an extra week, and going against the number one defense in practice, seemed to help Taylor a lot.


On the first Saturday of October, Taylor may have shed his good-practice, game-day-bust image.

Lincoln Journal Star
Husker Mike

Let's give Zac Taylor, Nate Swift, Grant Mulkey, Cory Ross, and Isiah Fluellen the credit they deserve for a big game.

Khus the Red

This showcased the promise of what this system holds when the offense executes with efficiency.


Give the guy [Bill Callahan] some frequent flyer miles. Like it or not, he let pilot Taylor maneuver on TO Field flaps up ... and did so in Cyclone conditions.


It was obvious, maybe more so than ever, that Husker fans wanted this win. They needed this win.

Daily Nebraskan
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