Dwight Nichols was a force even as a sophomore, leading the conference and ranking third in the country in total offense. He landed a spot on the all-conference team.

 

He was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1958, amassing 1,172 yards in total offense. Nichols not only led the conference in total offense, but also in rushing. His school-record 815 rushing yards ranked him third in the country. He finished the year fourth in the country in punt returns.

 

In 1959, Nichols led the famous “Dirty Thirty” squad, becoming only the second player in Big Seven history to lead the conference in offense three times.

 

As a senior, he was named first team All-America. His all-Big Seven selection marked the first time a Cyclone football player had received the honor three times in a half-century. Nichols was the first ISU player to place among the top 10 vote-getters in  the Heisman Trophy balloting, finishing eighth.

 

Nichols closed his career as the all-time Big Seven rusher with 2,232 yards on 638 carries. His 638 carries ranked second in NCAA history at the time. Nichols ended his career second in Big Eight history with 3,949 yards of total offense.