The Ottumwa Courier

Iowa Sports

October 18, 2008

Cornhuskers, Cyclones renew acquaintances in Ames

AMES, Iowa (AP) — It was the same old story for nearly a century. Nebraska would roll into Jack Trice Stadium with a lofty national ranking and proceed to throttle Iowa State; the Cyclones playing the role of the fly on the Cornhuskers windshield.

That isn’t true anymore.

Nebraska (3-3, 0-2 Big 12) enters Saturday’s game at Iowa State (2-4, 0-2) on a three-game losing streak and losers of eight of nine conference games dating back to last season. The Huskers have also dropped two of their last three at Jack Trice — a stadium they had owned since it opened in 1975 — and five straight road games overall.

Nebraska could use a return to the days of old against Iowa State, which is once again dealing with its own issues. The Cyclones are coming off a 38-10 drubbing at the hands of Baylor, one of the few Big 12 teams most thought it had a chance against.

“There are probably a lot of people out there saying we’re going to lose the next six. There probably are a lot of people out there saying we’ll win the next six,” said Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, in his first season of trying to clean up the mess left by Bill Callahan. “I’d rather it get decided between the lines. That’s all I can hope to control.”

Neither team is looking like a serious contender in the Big 12 North, but the Huskers appear to be in better shape than Iowa State. That’s after bouncing back from a 35-point road loss against No. 11 Missouri with a spirited effort against No. 7 Texas Tech in Lubbock.

Down 24-10 heading into the fourth quarter, quarterback Joe Ganz led Nebraska on three touchdown drives, the last coming with 29 seconds left to force overtime. The Huskers eventually fell in OT, 37-31, but there were plenty of encouraging signs.

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