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Cyclones, ’Huskers in need of Big 12 win

October 16, 2008
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF

AMES - Iowa State is hoping there's nothing like home is more than just a saying.

The Cyclones stand 2-4 for the season and 0-2 in Big 12 play going into Saturday's matchup with Nebraska (3-3, 0-2).

Both teams are desperately searching for a conference victory and had performances at both ends of the spectrum last week on the road.

Iowa State was trounced at Baylor as the Bears ended a 13-game Big 12 losing streak with a 38-10 victory. Baylor outgained the Cyclones 435-257.

Nebraska took No. 7 Texas Tech to overtime before falling 37-31. Still the Cornhuskers find themselves tied for Iowa State for last in the Big 12 North.

Slowing Nebraska's passing game behind quarterback Joe Ganz will be the challenge this week for the Cyclones.

Fact Box

Nebraska at Iowa State

When: Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames

On TV: VERSUS

Iowa State stands last in the Big 12 and 113th nationally in pass efficiency defense.

Ganz tied the school record for completions in a game with his 36-for-44 performance last week at Texas Tech. He threw for 349 yards against the Red Raiders (No. 9 in school history) and owns five of the top 10 single-game passing marks in Cornhusker history.

Iowa State also can successfully put the ball in the air. Senior R.J. Sumrall is tied for sixth on the school career charts in receptions and is seventh in receiving yards. Sumrall has 27 catches for 402 yards and five touchdowns this fall.

Quarterback Austen Arnaud also could have a big day as Nebraska is 11th in the Big 12 and 100th nationally in pass efficiency defense.

The Cornhuskers own the series between the two schools, holding an 84-16-2 advantage. Iowa State has won two of the last three meetings in Ames.

"It's another tough road game. Their fans are kind of rowdy," Ganz said. "They don't really like us over there. It's still an away road game in the Big 12 so it's going to be tough."

 
 

 

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