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Nebraska visits Iowa State in Big 12 road opener

Oct 3, 2006 - 6:51 PM No. 22 Nebraska (4-1) at Iowa St (3-2), 8:00 pm EDT

AMES, Iowa (Ticker) - Nebraska hung on to maintain a Big 12 Conference home winning streak last week and will look to snap a league road skid Saturday.

The 22nd-ranked Cornhuskers will try to snap a two-game losing streak here when they visit Iowa State in their conference road opener.

Last week, Nebraska defeated Kansas, 39-32 in overtime, for their 19th straight win over the Jayhawks in Lincoln. Zac Taylor threw for a season-high 395 yards and four touchdowns as the Cornhuskers avenged last year's 40-15 loss to the Jayhawks, which snapped a 36-game winning streak in the series.

With the victory, Nebraska (4-1, 1-0 Big 12 North) raised its overall overtime record to 5-0.

Nebraska's secondary is a weak point and Kansas quarterback Adam Barmann exploited it, throwing for a season-high 405 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer is coming off a 300-yard performance and should give the Cornhusker defense another test.

Last week, Meyer saved Iowa State from the embarrassment of losing to a Division I-AA team. He threw a go-ahead 16-yard touchdown to Jon Davis with just over a minute remaining and the Cyclones survived a last-second missed field goal to edge intrastate foe Northern Iowa, 28-27.

Meyer completed 24-of-29 passes for 323 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Cyclones (3-2, 0-1 North), who rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to tie the game on a 65-yard punt return by Ryan Baum with 13:10 remaining.

Nebraska, which plays three of its next four games on the road, leads the series, 82-16-2, and has a 33-10-2 mark in Ames despite losing the last two.

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