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Nebraska's hopes for a third straight national title were dashed and Husker plans for at least a tie for the Big 8 title were given a frustrating jolt by the Iowa State Cyclones, who battled furiously for a 23-23 tie. And the Cyclones blew the extra point with 23 seconds left in the game or they could have hung loss No. 2 on the Huskers.

It was Nebraska's poorest showing of the season as the Huskers lost six fumbles and had two interceptions on the muddy turf of Clyde Williams Field. The fired-up Cyclones did a great job of capitalizing on Husker miscues and refused to fold even when Nebraska took a 23-17 lead with 1:03 left in the game.

George Amundson passed the Cyclones the length of the field, then with 23 seconds left hit Willie Jones* in the end zone for the tying touchdown. However, Cyclone victory chances went a-glimmering when Tom Goedjen blew the extra point under a heavy Husker rush.

Nebraska used a pass interception by Steve Manstedt and six plays to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, but Amundson countered with an 8-yard TD strike to Keith Krepfle in the second quarter to tie the score. Iowa State then took a 10-7 read with a 46-yard Goedjen field goal, before Nebraska drove 80-yards to go ahead, 13-10, at halftime.

Amundson hit his second TD pass in the third quarter to give Iowa State a 17-13 bulge, but the Huskers countered with a Joe Blahak interception and rolled 89-yards to score on a 35-yard bomb from Dave Humm to Johnny Rodgers. With 1:03 left, Rich Sanger kicked a 37-yard field goal, and it looked victory and a Big 8 title clinched.

But the stubborn Cyclones battled back for a stunning tie, triggering a wild celebration by the record throng of 36,231.

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SEASON STATS | NU ROSTER

1972 Nebraska-ISU photo Johnny Rodgers
Johnny Rodgers tries to elude ISU's Brad Storm.
 
Nebraska 23
Iowa State 23

Nov. 11, 1972
Ames, IA
Nebraska        7   6   0  10  -  23
Iowa State      0  10   7   6  -  23

First Quarter
NEB - Dave Humm 3 run (Rich Sanger kick) 1:54
Second Quarter
ISU - Keith Krepfle 8 pass from George
      Amundson (Tom Goedjen kick) 12:42
ISU - Goedjen 46 field goal, 6:27
NEB - Johnny Rodgers 4 pass from Humm
     (Sanger kick failed) 0:08
Third Quarter
ISU - Krepfle 33 pass from Amundson
     (Goedjen kick) 5:52
Fourth Quarter
NEB - Rodgers 35 pass from Humm (Sanger 
      kick) 8:08
NEB - Sanger 37 field goal, 1:03
ISU - Willie Jones 24 pass from Amundson
     (Goedjen kick failed) 0:23

                        NU         ISU
First Downs ........... 23          18
Rushing, Net ...... 48-131      45-121
Passing, Net  ........ 246         235
  Comp-Att-Int ... 23-42-2     15-33-3
Total Offense ..... 90-377      78-356
Punts-Avg. .......... 8-37        6-35
Fumbles-Lost ......... 6-6         1-1
Penalties-Yards ......6-47        4-57
LEADING NU RUSHERS:
Gary Dixon 48, Bill Olds 41.
LEADING NU PASSER:
Dave Humm 23 of 42 - 246.
NU TOTAL OFFENSE LEADER: Dave Humm - 199.
ATTENDANCE: 36,231.
NU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Johnny Rodgers.
NU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF GAME: Monte Johnson.