Consecutive 11-yard completions to Todd Peterson and Swift set up the second TD, Lucky taking an option pitch from Ganz and zipping in from 15 yards.
The next time the Cornhuskers got the ball, Ganz bailed them out of a second-and-17 hole at his own 22 with a 27-yard completion Roy Helu Jr., who did most of the work himself after catching a short dump-off pass. Lucky finished that drive with a 4-yard TD run on a direct snap.
“I thought we had a good run/pass mix,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “I thought Joe ran the offense well and got us in and out of the right plays. We’re hard to defend right now because we’re keeping the defense off balance.”
Only a fumble deep in ISU territory prevented Nebraska from making it 28-0 at halftime. Iowa State’s Brandon Hunley jarred the ball from receiver Menelik Holt at the 10 and the Cyclones’ Jesse Smith plucked it out of the air.
Even on that drive, which started with 1:08 left in the half, Nebraska totaled 59 yards. Iowa State managed only 45 yards in the entire half and was blanked despite starting two possessions in Cornhusker territory.
The Cyclones finished with a season-low 218 yards and were 2-for-13 on third-down conversions. Their seven points were the fewest Nebraska has given up in a conference game since a 21-3 victory at Kansas State on Oct. 14, 2006.
“The players feel themselves getting better,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “They see the necessity of getting better. If we ust stay with it, we can finish this season well.”