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Classic Games in Cyclone Football History: 1992 vs. #7 Nebraska

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A third-string Cyclone quarterback beating a ranked team? You betcha!

Marv Seiler on his 78-yard 4th-quarter gallop in Iowa State’s 19-10 win over No. 7 Nebraska in 1992.
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Welcome to our new historical series, “Classic Games in Cyclone (Sport) History”. Not all of the games featured will be wins and not all of them will be losses.

Chris Ulrich with the 4th quarter TD in Iowa State’s 19-10 win over No. 7 Nebraska in 1992.
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To start, our upset of #7 Nebraska as a 29-point underdog in 1992, 42,008 fans were in attendance, were you one of them? If so, feel free to leave your comments/recollections below.

The following is the recap via Associated Press:

Nebraska Is Whirled by a Cyclone

Iowa State today stunned Nebraska, the No. 1 team in The New York Times’s computer ranking, by beating the Cornhuskers at their own game. The Cyclones controlled the line of scrimmage and ran, ran, ran for a 19-10 upset.

Iowa State quarterback Marv Seiler gets pulled by Nebraska’s John Parrella during the second quarter. Nebraska lost 19-10.
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Led by quarterback Marv Seiler, Iowa State posted some Nebraska-like rushing statistics for its first victory over the Cornhuskers since 1977.

Nebraska (7-2, 4-1) led the nation in rushing (351.1 yards a game) and scoring (43.3) and was coming off routs of 52-7 over Colorado and 49-7 over Kansas, both nationally ranked.

Ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll, the Cornhuskers were being compared to some of the past great Nebraska teams.

”You’re never any better than your last game,” Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne said. “People were starting to say a lot of nice things about us, but we could fix that in a week’s time and I’m afraid we have.”

”I think the big difference was that they played with a lot of emotion and it looked like our tank was a little bit dry today. We played two emotional games in a row against Colorado and Kansas. We talked a lot about it this week, about the dangers of the situation, and I don’t know really how much sunk in.”

Seiler, a fifth-year senior making his first start, ran 24 times for 144 yards as the Cyclones (4-6 over all, 2-4 Big Eight) rushed for 373 yards. Seiler’s big day included a 78-yard run that set up Iowa State’s only touchdown.