This week's Clone Zone classic game features the Sept. 28, 2002 showdown as No. 19 Iowa State defeated No. 20 Nebraska 36-14 in front of 51,888 fans in Jack Trice Stadium. ISU quarterback Seneca Wallace completed 19-of-32 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores as the Cyclone defense held Nebraska to 81 yards rushing for ISU's biggest win over the Huskers since 1899.
The win was Iowa State's first over Nebraska since 1992 and marked the Cyclones' first win over a ranked opponent since 1993. Iowa State made three turnovers, but Nebraska could not convert any into points, while five Husker turnovers led to 17 Cyclone points.
Iowa State led 19-7 at halftime, and Wallace drove the Cyclones 80 yards in 11 plays on the opening drive of the second half. Wallace's 1-yard TD sneak gave ISU a 26-7 lead with 10:22 left in the third quarter. A blocked punt set up a Nebraska touchdown and closed the gap to 26-14, but Iowa State linebacker Brandon Brown picked off a Jammal Lord pass on the Huskers' next possession. Wallace then ran around the Nebraska defense for a 7-yard score two plays later for a 33-14 lead with 13:21 left in the game.
WR Lane Danielsen made a career-high nine receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown, while TB Michael Wagner rushed for 107 yards on 19 carries for ISU. Wallace had 270 yards of total offense as Iowa State outgained Nebraska 413-273. Ninety yards of Husker offense came on a TD pass from Lord to Ross Pilkington in the second quarter.
Brown and DT Jordan Carstens had ten tackles each and true freshman Nick Leaders, an Omaha, Neb., native, had nine tackles, including three for a loss and two sacks. Nebraska could muster just three first downs and 37 yards rushing on 20 carries in the first three quarters.