Nebraska 43, Iowa State 3
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Keith Jones rushed for 240 yards and two touchdowns to lead second-ranked Nebraska to a 42-3 Big Eight Conference football victory over Iowa State on Saturday.
Jones’ total was the fifth-best single-game rushing total in Nebraska history. The senior I-back didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
The Cornhuskers, 9-0 on the season and 5-0 in the conference, had 604 yards rushing against the Cyclones, 2-7 and 1-4. NU’s rushing total was the second- best single game total in school history.
Quarterback Steve Taylor started Nebraska’s scoring parade with a 9-yard touchdown run. Fullback Micah Heibel added a 3-yard score in the first quarter.
Tyreese Knox, who rushed for 118 yards on 14 carries, scored from six yards out and Jones ran in from 27 yards in the second period for a 28-0 Nebraska halftime lead.
Jones also raced 69 yards to score on the second play of the third quarter.
Iowa State’s Jeff Shudak kicked a 44-yard field goal in the third period for the Cyclones’ only points.
Third-string quarterback Gerry Gdowski ran 3 yards for Nebraska’s final touchdown.
The victory was the 146th of Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne’s career. That broke the record for most wins by a Big Eight coach set by former Oklahoma Coach Bud Wilkinson from 1947-63.
Oklahoma’s Barry Switzer also won his 146th game on Saturday.
Iowa State missed two scoring opportunities in the first half when quarterback Brett Sadek fumbled the ball away at the Nebraska 1-yard line and Shudak missed a 39-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the half.
The Cyclones’ Joe Henderson, the second-leading rusher in the Big Eight with a 104-yard average, managed 67 yards on 21 carries. Nebraska’s defense leads the nation against the rush.
Meanwhile, Nebraska rolled up 344 yards rushing by the half. Jones had 163, Knox added 81 and Taylor 63.
Jones’ rushing total helped him become the 11th Cornhusker to rush for more than 2,000 in a career. He has 2,146 yards, which ranks him 10th on the school career rushing chart.
Shudak’s field goal in the third period tied the school record with 15 three-pointers for the season. He shares the Iowa State mark with Tom Goedjen (1973) and Alex Giffords (1982).
The victory gave Nebraska its 19th consecutive season with nine or more victories, including 15 straight years under Osborne.
The game also was Nebraska’s 154th consecutive sellout crowd, continuing the school’s NCAA attendance record.