The victory by Iowa State snapped the Cyclones’ 15-game losing streak to Nebraska in Lincoln dating back to 1977. The loss also snapped the Huskers’ five-game winning streak against Big 12 North Division opponents. It was also Iowa State’s first victory over Nebraska since the 2004 season.
The loss ended a streak of 126 straight victories by Nebraska when holding the opposition to 10 points or fewer.
Bad record broken
Nebraska was minus-eight in the turnover category, breaking the school record for the lowest turnover margin in a game (previously minus 7 vs. Missouri on Oct. 19, 1968). The eight turnovers (five fumbles, three interceptions) tied a school record set two other times (vs. Colorado, Oct. 21, 1967; at Iowa State, Nov. 11, 1972). Four of the Huskers’ eight turnovers came inside the Iowa State 5-yard line.
Suh stands out
Senior defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh had eight total tackles, including 1.0 sack and one tackle for loss. The six-yard sack in the first quarter was the fourth of Suh’s season and the 16th sack of Suh’s career.
Suh now has had at least one tackle for loss in 17 of Nebraska’s past 18 games, including the last 11 games. Suh’s one tackle for loss pushed his career total to 43, fifth on the Nebraska career tackles-for-loss list.
Suh added a blocked extra point in the second quarter of today’s game and a blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, his fourth and fifth career blocked kicks. His first four career blocks were all extra points prior to fourth-quarter blocked FG. Suh’s two blocked kicks ties his own season position record set last year and his two blocked kicks in a game ties a school record for any player (most recently Lannie Hopkins with two blocked punts vs. Kansas in 2002). His five career blocked kicks is two shy of the Nebraska career record of seven by Barron Miles from 1992 to 1994.
Suh also added three quarterback hurries, pushing his team-leading total to 12.
Lee’s report card
Nebraska quarterback Zac Lee completed 20-of-37 passes for 248 yards in today’s game. Lee hit on 8-of-10 passes for 69 yards in the first quarter, connecting with five different receivers in the first quarter.
Robinson makes his debut
True freshman I-back Dontrayevous Robinson had his first career carries in Saturday’s game, rushing 15 times for 77 yards and his first career touchdown in the first quarter. Robinson was the third true freshman (Burkhead, Green) to rush for a touchdown this season, marking the first time Nebraska has had three true freshmen score a rushing touchdown in a season.
Paul’s career-best day
Junior receiver Niles Paul caught a career-best six passes for a career-high 143 yards in Saturday’s game, a total that ranks eighth in school history. Paul’s 143 receiving yards mark the most by a Husker since Maurice Purify had 158 yards receiving at Kansas in 2007. It was Paul’s second 100-yard receiving games in the past three games (102 at Missouri). Paul’s 72-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest of his career and the longest pass play by Nebraska since Sam Keller completed a 73-yard touchdown pass to Sean Hill against Ball State on Sept. 22, 2007.
Kinnie triples production
Receiver Brandon Kinnie caught three passes for 27 yards in today’s game after entering the day with one catch for five yards this season.
McNeill extends streak
Junior tight end Mike McNeill caught two passes for 22 yards, giving him 17 straight games with at least one reception. McNeill has 49 career receptions, moving him within six catches of the top 25 on the NU career list.
NU defense strong again
The Nebraska defense allowed 239 total yards in Saturday’s game, marking the sixth straight opponent Nebraska has limited to fewer than 280 yards of total offense. The last time a Nebraska defense held the opposition to fewer than 300 total yards in six straight games was an eight-game stretch in 1996. NU has held three straight conference foes to fewer than 300 yards of total offense for the first time since 1996.
Nebraska had seven fumbles in Saturday’s game, its most since also fumbling seven times against Kansas State in 2005 (2 lost). Nebraska’s five fumbles lost were its most since also losing five fumbles at Baylor in 2001.
Henery punts well
Nebraska junior place-kicker/punter Alex Henery punted four times for 161 yards in Saturday’s game. He had three downed three punts inside the ISU 20, including a first-quarter punt at the Cyclone 2 and a fourth-quarter punt at the ISU 6.
Big crowd sees NU loss
Saturday’s attendance of 85,938 represented the third-largest crowd in Memorial Stadium history. Those three games have been Nebraska’s past three games.
Saturday’s Nebraska game captains were junior quarterback Zac Lee, junior offensive guard Ricky Henry, senior linebacker Phillip Dillard and sophomore linebacker (special teams) Mathew May.