Eric Hagg intercepted a pass by Iowa State holder Daniel Kuehl on a fake conversion in overtime allowing No. 9 Nebraska to hold off upset-minded Iowa State 31-30 Saturday afternoon in Ames.
Rex Burkhead ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskers (8-1, 4-1 Big 12), who played without quarterback Taylor Martinez, though he did make an appearance on one play in the first quarter. Cody Green got the start after Martinez sprained his right ankle last week and missed the second half of the Missouri game.
Burkhead ran for a 19-yard touchdown to start overtime, but Iowa State answered with a 9-yard TD pass from Austen Arnaud to Jake Williams. The Cyclones then went for the win, but Kuehl's soft toss was picked by Hagg near the goal line.
Iowa State (5-5) had rallied back from a 24-10 deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter.