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(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: Iowa State 9, Nebraska 7
Lincoln, NE (Sports Network) - The Iowa Cyclones defense came away with eight takeaways to stun the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 9-7 in a Big 12 showdown at Memorial State.
After snapping an 11-game conference losing skid last weekend, the Cyclones (5-3, 2-2 Big 12) now pick up their first win in Lincoln since 1977. And they did so without two of their top weapons on offense.
Jerome Tiller (102 passing yards, 65 rush) was making his first career start under center for in place of dual-threat starter Austen Arnaud, who suffered a hand injury in last week's win. Running back Alexander Robinson entered the week as the conference's leading rusher (105.3 ypg) but he was also unavailable due to a groin injury suffered last week.
Nebraska (4-3, 1-2) quarterback Zac Lee completed 20-of-37 passes for 248 yards and tossed three interceptions, though he was victimized by several dropped passes. Niles Paul had six catches for a team-high 143 yards.
Nebraska lost a fumble on the first play of the game, which set up a career- long 52-yard field goal by Cyclones kicker Grant Mahoney.
Nebraska took a 7-3 lead at the 3:26 mark of the first quarter, when Dontrayevo Robinson found the end zone on a three-yard run.
ISU reclaimed the lead on a 47-yard pass from Tiller to Jake Williams midway through the second quarter. The Cyclones defense held strong the rest of the way, as they went on to collect five interceptions and scoop up three fumbles.
Cyclones linebacker Jessie Smith finished with a game-high 12 tackles (two for loss) to go along with a forced fumble and a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter. The victory marks ISU's first conference road win since 2005.
10/24 17:27:04 ET