Troy Davis, who came into the game as the nation's leading rusher, ran for a then-school-record 302 yards on 36 carries for a school-record five touchdowns as Iowa State rolled to a 57-30 victory over UNLV. Davis scored on runs of 20, 8, 66, 80 and 5 yards as Iowa State bolted to a 34-0 lead. Davis left the game with 5:19 left in the third quarter. Backup tailback Graston Norris rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns after Davis' departure, including a 91-yard scoring scamper that was the second-longest run in school history.

Jahi Arnold rushed for a career-high 90 yards on 11 carries. Iowa State's 586 rushing yards were a school record and its eight rushing TDs were also a school mark. The Cyclones racked up 648 total yards, the second-best mark in school history. ISU averaged a school-record 8.4 yards per rush and tied the school record with 21 first downs by rush. Things weren't all rosy for Iowa State as starting quarterback Todd Doxzon reinjured his angle with 11:40 lef tin the third quarter after hitting on 5-of-5 pass attempts for 43 yards. Doxzon was replaced by freshman Todd Bandhauer.

Linebacker Michael Cooper led the Cyclones with nine tackles and one sack. Tackle Rudy Ruffolo led the interior lineman with eight tackles, recovered a fumble and had a sack. Iowa State's 57 points were the most scored by an ISU team in nine years.