The Ottumwa Courier

Iowa Sports

October 19, 2008

Ganz, Lucky lead Nebraska past Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Just another Nebraska victory over Iowa State, right?

Well, in a way it was. The Cornhuskers’ 35-7 win Saturday was similar to the many other beat-downs they’ve put on the Cyclones through the years.

But this was one Nebraska had to have -- really, really had to have.

It broke a three-game losing streak, prevented the program’s first 0-3 conference start in 63 years and kept the Cornhuskers (4-3, 1-2 Big 12) moving forward after their strong performance in an overtime loss at No. 7 Texas Tech a week ago.

“I would say it was a must win,” Nebraska wide receiver Nate Swift said. “We needed this one. And it’s always fun to get a win on the road.”

Swift had a big pair of hands in the victory, catching eight passes for 112 yards and scoring the first touchdown. Joe Ganz and Marlon Lucky also played key roles, as did a defense that kept Iowa State (2-5, 0-3) in check for all but one play.

Ganz topped 300 yards passing for the sixth time in 10 career starts, completing 27-of-37 for 328 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Lucky ran for two touchdowns and Ganz ran one in.

“Iowa State, they view this as a rivalry game, so we knew we were going to get their best effort and we knew we had to match the intensity and I think the guys did that,” Ganz said. “We matched them punch for punch. “

Iowa State lost for the fifth straight time and for the second week in a row, did virtually nothing on offense. They lost to Baylor 38-10 a week ago and have been outscored 108-30 since leading Kansas 20-0 at halftime on Oct. 4.

“As a football team, we have gone backward,” ISU coach Gene Chizik said. “We’re hit and miss in so many areas of our football team right now. We’ve got to find a way to put our fingers in the holes in the dam.”

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