Nebraska 35
Iowa St. 17

Sept. 29, 2007 • 1:05 p.m. Central
Memorial Stadium •Lincoln, NE
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Ndamukong Suh takes down ISU quarterback Bret Meyer for a loss. | Courtesy of
1st quarter
ISU: B. Culbertson 30 field goal, 2:50
2nd quarter
ISU: J. Scales 3 run (B. Culbertson kick) 7:47
NEB: S. Hill 20 pass from M. Lucky (A. Henery kick) 4:34
NEB: T. Lawson 6 pass from S. Keller (A. Henery kick) 1:08
3rd quarter
NEB: M. Lucky 41 run (A. Henery kick) 14:01
NEB: B. Ruud 93 INT return (A. Henery kick) 2:13
4th quarter
ISU: J. Scales 6 run (B. Culbertson kick) 6:57
NEB: T. Lawson 4 pass from S. Keller (A. Henery kick) 2:25

                           ISU       NEB
First downs................ 28        17
  Rushing................... 9         4
  Passing.................. 16        13
  Penalty................... 3         0
Rushing Att-Yds........ 51-134    30-130
Net yards passing......... 281       239
  Comp-Att-Int. .....  26-51-3   19-29-1
Total offense........  102-415    59-369
Fumbles-Lost.............. 3-1       2-2
Penalties-Yards........... 1-5      4-50
Punts-Avg.............. 4-42.5    4-38.5
Punt returns-Avg........ 3-5.0    1-12.0
Kickoff returns-Avg.... 2-10.0    4-27.8
Interceptions-Yds-TD.... 1-0-0   3-134-1
Fumble Returns-Yds-TD.. 1-34-0     0-0-0
Possession Time......... 39:03     20:17
Third-Down Conv. ..... 9 of 22   7 of 12
Fourth-Down Conv. ..... 2 of 4    0 of 0
Sacks By-Yards............ 0-0      3-18

ISU: J. Scales 31-115; B. Meyer 12-28; M. Brandtner 1-4; W. Franklin 1-2; A. Arnaud 5-(-7); A. Robinson 1-(-8)

NEB: M. Lucky 16-107; C. Glenn 8-27; S. Keller 4-7; Q. Castille 1-0; T. Nunn 1-(-11).

ISU: B. Meyer 26/51 281 YDS, 3 INT, 0 TD.

NEB: S. Keller 18/28 219 YDS, 1 INT, 2 TD;
M. Lucky 1/1 20 YDS, 0 INT, 1 TD.

ISU: M. Hamilton 6-72; R. Sumrall 6-56; T. Blythe 5-84; B. Barkema 3-23; J. Scales 3-19; P. Bates 2-19; D. Catlett 1-8.

NEB: N. Swift 4-59; M. Lucky 4-16; M. Purify 3-36; F. Hardy 2-74; T. Nunn 2-18; T. Lawson 2-10; S. Hill 1-20; J. Phillips 1-6.

Attendance: 84,703



Stats & Recap

Grixby, Ruud make pivotal plays to subdue ’Clones

In a game marked by crucial possession changes on turnovers, linebacker Bo Ruud made the biggest play with his 93-yard interception return late in the third quarter to seal a 35-17 win for the Huskers to open conference play.

Ruud caught the deflection on a pass breakup by Cortney Grixby. It was one of four turnovers by the Cyclones, who lost despite holding onto the ball for more than 39 minutes and running 102 plays compared to the Huskers’ 59.

Grixby, who made a key block on Ruud’s return, also picked off two passes. His return of the second interception for 41 yards to the ISU 3 set up Thomas Lawson’s second TD reception of the day in the final three minutes.

Grixby also helped kickstart the Husker offense in the second quarter with a 51-yard kickoff return. He finished with 140 all-purpose yards.

The Husker offense was productive in its short time on the field. Marlon Lucky got things started with a 20-yard touchdown pass to tight end Sean Hill in the second quarter, and after Lawson’s first scoring reception, Lucky added a 41-yard TD run to push the lead to 21-10.

Lucky finished with 107 yards on the ground while quarterback Sam Keller was 18-of-28 through the air for 219 yards and two touchdowns.

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2007 schedule
04/14Red 38, White 0
09/01NevadaW 52-10
09/08@ Wake ForestW 20-17
09/15Southern CalL 31-49
09/22Ball St.W 41-40
09/29Iowa St.W 35-17
10/06@ MIssouriL 6-41
10/13Oklahoma St.L 14-45
10/20Texas A&ML 14-36
10/27@ TexasL 25-28
11/03@ KansasL 39-76
11/10Kansas St.W 73-31
11/23@ ColoradoL 51-65


Colonel Mustard

Even though there was improvement in some areas Saturday, the way we played will not be sufficient in the remaining games.


The Huskers rebounded nicely from last week’s loss, er, win against Ball State, but showed little evidence they’re ready to pull off an upset in Columbia, Mo.

Lincoln Journal Star

Burn Defensive Coordinator Kevin Cosgrove at the stake if you want, but he had his team prepared.

Nebraska StatePaper

Scrutinized for much of the season, Nebraska's linebackers stepped to the forefront.

Grand Island Independent

Why does it feel like these Huskers are ill-prepared for what could turn into a very bloody October?

North Platte Bulletin
Husker Dan

The Huskers have players capable of making big plays on both sides of the ball. It's just the inconsistency that has everyone scratching his head.


Some teams shoot themselves in the foot. Iowa State shoots itself in the temple.

Des Moines Register
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