Iowa State, (3-2, 0-1) plays host to No. 22 Nebraska (4-1, 1-0) before an ABC-TV audience ... a double overtime loser (20-27) at Nebraska last season, Iowa State has beaten the Huskers in their last two visits to Ames and a win would mark the first time since the series began in 1896 that the Cyclones had won three straight home games against Nebraska ... ISU overcame numerous mistakes, erasing a 21-7 halftime deficit to beat Northern Iowa 28-27 ... a 52-yard field goal attempt by UNI was no good on the last play of the game ... punt returner Ryan Baum had four returns for 103 yards, including a 65-yard return for a touchdown that earned him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... Iowa State won its previous two home games, 45-43 3OT over Toledo and 16-10 over UNLV in contests that also went to the game’s last play ... ISU QB Bret Meyer was sensational against UNI, hitting on 24-of-29 passes for 323 yards and two TDs with an interception that was returned for a touchdown ... Iowa State head coach Dan McCarney, the Dean of Big 12 coaches in his 12th season, has coached five of ISU’s seven-win teams in the history of Cyclone football ... Saturday’s game is MAC’s 135th game as the winningest football mentor (55 wins) in school history ... McCarney is the ninth-longest tenured coach in Division I-A ... MAC is 2-9 vs. Nebraska ... junior ISU QB Bret Meyer is now Iowa State’s all-time career passing leader with 5,988 yards ... in the season-opening win against Toledo, Meyer ran for three touchdowns and passed for two others to pace Iowa State ... his TD passes came on consecutive overtime pass plays to WR Todd Blythe ... of Blythe’s school-record 23 career TD grabs, 20 have come from Meyer, also an ISU record holder for touchdown passing tandems ... I-Back Stevie Hicks owns 10 career 100-yard games ... Iowa State LB Alvin Bowen leads the Big 12 and the nation, averaging 13.8 tackles per game ... middle linebacker Tyrone McKenzie is second in the league and sixth nationally at 11.2 tackles per game ... Iowa State has been strong at home under Dan McCarney ... the Cyclones have won 12 of their last 15 home games, 13 of their last 16 home night games and 18 of their last 22 non-conference contests ... a record crowd of 55,518 fans watched Iowa State beat Northern Iowa ... there have been 33 home crowds of at least 50,000 in Jack Trice Stadium since the facility opened in 1975 ... Iowa State will host more than 50,000 fans in Jack Trice for the Nebraska game, Golden Rules Night ... fans are encouraged to purchase Golden Rules T-Shirts at selected retail outlets or wear gold clothing for Saturday’s game ... Nebraska leads the series, 81-17-2, including a 33-10-2 record in Ames with an 11-4 mark in Jack Trice Stadium ... Nebraska is coming off a 39-32 OT win over Kansas in Lincoln, Neb., in the Big 12 opener for both teams ... the Huskers lead the Big 12 in total offense (490.2 ypg/5th NCAA) and in scoring offense (42.0 ppg/3rd NCAA).
LAST WEEK: ISU OVERCOMES TURNOVERS TO PREVAIL 28-27 OVER UNI
With his team in a 21-7 halftime hole to 2005 NCAA Division I-AA runner-up Northern Iowa, Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer put his team on his back, leading ISU in an amazing second half, including a 16-yard TD pass to WR Jon Davis with 1:05 left in the game to secure the final winning margin ... the game was played before the largest crowd in Iowa State history, 55,518 ... Northern Iowa placekicker Brian Wingert hit on his 19th straight field goal attempt (32 yards) to give the Panthers a 27-21 advantage with 2:20 left ... out of timeouts, Meyer completed four passes and rushed three times to take Iowa State 74 yards in six plays for the winning score ... Northern Iowa’s last gasp, a 51-yard field goal attempt by Wingert that went wide right, was the game’s last play ... all three Iowa State victories have gone down to the last play with the ISU defense on the field ... every Iowa State play from scrimmage in the second half was a Meyer pass attempt or rush ... Meyer finished the game 24-of-29 for 323 yards with one interception (which was returned 46 yards for a touchdown by Dre Dokes in the second quarter) and two touchdowns, the first to WR Todd Blythe, who had 51 yards on four catches ... for Davis it was a career night, as he caught all-time personal bests of seven passes for 117 yards and the late score ... Iowa State made a pair of costly fumbles in addition to the UNI interception return for a score ... Ryan Baum had tied the game at 21-21 on a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13:10 left in the contest ... after the Cyclone defense held on UNI’s ensuing drive, Baum fumbled the punt and Northern Iowa recovered ... the turnover was negated by an illegal formation penalty against UNI ... forced to punt again, the Panthers recovered a second straight muffed punt return, which led to a field goal and a 24-21 advantage ... Meyer drove Iowa State right down the field on the next drive and hit Austin Flynn on a 35-yard pass play ... but as Flynn bullied over the goal line, he fumbled and UNI recovered for a touchback ... MLB Tyrone McKenzie paced Iowa State with 16 tackles ... Alvin Bowen had 15 tackles, one for loss and broke up a pass ... Iowa State outgained Northern Iowa, 404-334.
NEBRASKA AND HEAD COACH BILL CALLAHAN
No. 22 Nebraska has come on strong under former Oakland Raider Super Bowl coach Bill Callahan ... Callahan keyed Nebraska’s conversion from an option-based rushing attack to the West Coast offense ... the 1978 graduate of Illinois Benedictine is 17-11 in his third year as the Husker head coach ... Nebraska has won seven of its last eight games, including a 32-28 win over Michigan in the 2005 Alamo Bowl ... Nebraska is 4-1 this season, with its only loss coming at No. 3/2 USC, 28-10 ... last weekend the Huskers jumped out to a 24-10 halftime lead over Kansas in Lincoln, Neb. ... Kansas put together two long TD drives in the final 6:32 to force overtime with the score tied, 32-32 ... Nebraska scored first in OT on a 21-yard pass from QB Zac Taylor to Nate Swift that was followed by a Cody Glenn 1-yard plunge ... the Huskers then kept the Jayhawks out of the end zone to win, 39-32 ... Nebraska leads the Big 12 Conference, averaging 480.2 offensive yards per game and 42 points per game ... QB Zac Taylor has completed 78-of-122 passes for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
This Saturday’s game marks the 101st meeting between the two schools, which first met in 1896 ... Nebraska leads the series, 81-17-2, including a 33-10-2 record in Ames with an 11-4 mark in Jack Trice Stadium ... ISU has won the last two games in Ames but was defeated 27-20 in two overtimes last season in Lincoln, Neb. ... Iowa State has never put together a string of three consecutive home field wins in the series ... there is a disputed game in the series ... in the 1907 contest in Lincoln, a late Iowa State dropkick bounced over the crossbar for an apparent Cyclone lead of 13-10 ... but the referee declared that the ball couldn’t bounce over the bar and count as a score ... the game ended with Nebraska holding a 10-9 advantage ... Iowa State appealed to Walter Camp, the Yale legend and rules guru who said the goal should have counted and given Iowa State the victory. There have been a few vintage games in Ames of late:
Nov. 14, 1992 ... In perhaps the biggest upset in Big Eight Conference history, fourth-string quarterback Marv Seiler rushed for 144 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown run as the Cyclones stunned No. 7 Nebraska 19-10 ... it was the only time a Tom Osborne Husker squad ever lost to a team that finished the season below .500 (4-7) ... Sept. 28, 2002 ... It was Seneca’s day ... current Seattle Seahawks QB 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 the Cyclones’ biggest win (36-14) over the Huskers since 1899 ... Nov. 6, 2004 ...It was a game of big plays and ultimately Iowa State made more of them than Nebraska as ISU defeated the Huskers for a second straight time in Ames, a feat that had not been accomplished since 1957 and 1959 ... ISU QB Bret Meyer hit on 17-of-38 passes for a then-career-high 345 yards and three TDs with an interception ... ISU WR Todd Blythe caught eight passes for a then- career high 188 yards (all in the first half) and a huge 17-yard TD pass with five seconds left in the first half to key a 34-27 victory for the Cyclones.
THIS DATE IN HISTORY (Oct. 7); ISU Stones Kansas in 1989:
Iowa State wins at Kansas with the biggest play of the game, a fumble caused by future NFL standout Marcus Robertson, who knocked the ball out of the hands of a Kansas receiver as he was streaking down the sideline about to score a touchdown ... the ball rolled out the back of the endzone for a touchback and ISU prevailed 24-20 ... the team headed back to Ames to enjoy the Rolling Stones concert in Cyclone Stadium.
FOUR HOME NIGHT GAMES A RECORD FOR ONE SEASON
Iowa State is playing its fourth home night game of the season and its fifth straight home night game overall, both unprecedented trends ... Iowa State is 17-6 all-time at night in Jack Trice Stadium, and 13-3 since the start of the 1999 season.
IOWA STATE FOOTBALL -- BIG 12 BOWL LEADER
Only Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma have gone to more bowl games (6) than Iowa State (5) since the start of the 2000 season.
Bowls since 2000:
6 - Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma
5 - Iowa State, Nebraska
4 - Kansas State, Colorado
3 - Oklahoma State, Texas A&M
2 - Kansas, Missouri
0 - Baylor
MEYER AMONG MOST EFFICIENT ISU QB’s...
Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer has developed into one of the most efficient quarterbacks in Iowa State history with 36 career TD passes to 20 interceptions.
RUMBLE, YOUNG MAN, RUMBLE
Iowa State senior FB Ryan Kock scored his 16th career touchdown against UNI on his 76th career carry ... last season he tallied 13 TDs on just 54 carries ... Kock set an ISU single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a fullback with his touchdown in the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State last season ... the previous record was nine, set by Tom Watkins in 1960 ... Watkins scored a total of 10 touchdowns that year, with the 10th being on an interception return ... Kock was ninth on ISU’s single-season rushing touchdown list (all positions).
Iowa State junior WR Todd Blythe has proven to be a deep threat for the Cyclone offense, utilizing his 6-5 frame and leaping ability to pluck balls away from opposing defensive backs ... it was Blythe’s catches on consecutive passes from Bret Meyer in the second and third overtimes that led to the Cyclones’ 45-43 win over Toledo in triple overtime, the school’s first-ever overtime win (1-5) ... not only does Blythe own ISU’s career mark for TD receptions (23), but in 2005 he was second in the nation in yards per catch among receivers with four or more catches per game.
TURNOVER MARGIN A KEY TO VICTORY
Coach McCarney has put a premium on increasing the number of turnovers forced by his defense ... when Iowa State has finished the season ahead in turnover margin and points off turnovers margin, the Cyclones have posted a winning record (2000, 2001, 2004, 2005).
NO PARTICULAR PLACE TO GO
Iowa State’s rush defense allowed 102.7 ypg last season, the best among post-WWII Cyclone squads ... following is a list of ISU’s best full-season rush defense performances since 1946.
PICK A LITTLE
Bret Meyer’s 2005 interception-free streak reached a school-record 155 attempts before a third-quarter pick at Kansas ... Meyer’s stretch spanned over 22 full quarters and parts of six games ... the previous school record was 141 attempts, set by Todd Bandhauer in 1997 ... this was the first time since the inception of the Big Six Conference in 1928 that ISU has gone four consecutive games (OSU, A&M, KSU, CU) without throwing an interception.
IOWA STATE’S 2006 TEAM CAPTAINS
The Cyclones have four captains for the 2006 season: Junior quarterback Bret Meyer, senior wide receiver Austin Flynn, senior defensive tackle Brent Curvey and senior defensive back DeAndre Jackson.
McCARNEY’S CYCLONES IN THE NFL
An indicator of Iowa State’s continued improvement under Dan McCarney is the number of ISU student-athletes who have gone on to the professional ranks ... ISU’s NFL players at the start of training camp are all McCarney products: Jordan Carstens (DL, Carolina), Reggie Hayward (DE, Jacksonville), Ellis Hobbs (DB, New England), James Reed (DL, Kansas City Chiefs), Sage Rosenfels (QB, Houston), Oliver Ross (OL, Arizona), Seneca Wallace (QB, Seattle), Tony Yelk (PK, Atlanta), Tim Dobbins (LB, San Diego), LaMarcus Hicks (DB, Detroit), Landon Schrage (DS, Baltimore), Steve Paris (S, Baltimore), Nick Leaders (NG, Baltimore).
WATCH LIST MANIA
Several of Iowa State’s players have been recognized as ranking among the nation’s best at their respective positions:
Bret Meyer, QB, Maxwell Award; Davey O’Brien Award; Archie Manning Award
Scott Stephenson, C, Rimington Award; Lombardi Trophy
Brent Curvey, DT, Outland Trophy/Nagurski Award; Lombardi Trophy
BAUM LEADS BIG 12 IN PUNT RETURNS, TD VS. UNI
Iowa State punt returner Ryan Baum, a former walk-on was named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week after racking up 103 yards on four returns against UNI, including a 65-yard return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter that tied up the game ... Baum’s average of 18.2 yards per return leads the Big 12 and ranks him seventh nationally ... Baum’s career average stands at 15.2 yards on 19 career returns ... the only Cyclone with a better career return average with at least 20 returns is James "The Eel" McMillion, who averaged 15.91 on 53 career returns between 1991-93.
Iowa State placekicker Bret Culbertson has been a consistent performer ... he has been successful on all 63 of his career PAT attempts, the school record for the longest streak of consecutive successful PAT tries:
1. Bret Culbertson, 63 , 2004-
2. Jeff Shudak, 56, 1989-90
3. Tom Goedjen, 50, 1972-74
4. Ty Stewart, 44, 1991-93
5. Reggie Shoemake, 39, 1970-71
Culbertson has hit on three-of-four field-goal attempts of the year, a 39-yarder against Toledo, a 24-yarder against UNLV and a 32-yarder at Iowa ... the 6-6 junior is 20-of-23 lifetime inside 40 yards ... when you add in his extra-point efforts ... Culbertson is 84 of 91 (.923) as Iowa State’s kicker.
THEY WERE IOWA STATERS
Iowa State has had more than its share of NFL and collegiate coaches who worked at ISU before gaining further coaching recognition:
Name/at ISU Known As
Pete Carroll/assistant coach, 1978 USC head coach
Mack Brown/assistant coach 1979 Texas head coach
Joe Bugel/assistant 1973 HC NFL Arizona, Oakland
Dave Campo/assistant 1983 HC NFL Dallas Cowboys
John Fox/assistant 1984 HC NFL Carolina
Jimmy Johnson/assistant 1968-69 HC NFL Dallas/Miami
Glen Mason/assistant 1975-76 KU/Minnesota head coach
Jackie Sherrill/assistant 1968-72 HC Pitt/TX A&M/Miss. St.
Not to Mention the Head Coaches
Pop Warner (1895-99) Yes THAT Pop Warner
Johnny Majors (1968-72) Won 1976 NC at Pitt/HC Tennessee
Earle Bruce (1973-78) HC Big Ten Champion Ohio State
2005 REVIEW: ISU NETS FIFTH BOWL IN SIX YEARS
Iowa State’s defense and the continued improvement of the Cyclone offense led by sophomore quarterback Bret Meyer helped ISU erase an 0-3 Big 12 start for the second straight season and earn the school’s fifth bowl berth in the last six seasons under head coach Dan McCarney ... the season included a 23-3 win over No. 8 Iowa, the sixth Iowa State win over its intrastate rival in the last eight seasons ... three of ISU’s losses came in overtime ... the Cyclones ruined Homecoming at Texas A&M with a 42-14 win over the Aggies and beat Kansas State in Ames (45-17) for the first time since 1983 ... Iowa State’s last victory was a memorable 30-16 win over No. 22 Colorado (ISU’s first victory in Ames over the Buffaloes since 1983) ... Iowa State lost to No. 14 TCU, 27-24 in the Houston Bowl ... Meyer finished the season with 2,876 passing yards, second in school history ... wide receiver Todd Blythe finished the season as the third 1,000-yard single-season pass catcher in Iowa State history ... Blythe and center Scott Stephenson were tabbed first-team all-conference performers by the Big 12 coaches ... but the story of the 2005 Cyclones was defense ... led by all-Big 12 defensive tackle Brent "Big Play" Curvey and all-conference nose guard Nick Leaders, the Cyclones allowed opponents an all-time defensive low of 102.7 rushing yards per game and just 10 rushing touchdowns ... the yardage total was nearly 40 yards under the school record of 139.2 set in 2004 ... Iowa State allowed a school-record low 2.98 yards per rush ... linebacker Tim Dobbins, cornerback LaMarcus Hicks and free safety Steve Paris also earned all-Big 12 honors.