NEBRASKA 42, Iowa St. 7
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Nebraska      	7 14  7 14--42
Iowa St.      	0  0  0  7-- 7

AMES, Iowa (Nov 7, 1998 - 17:50 EST) -- Dan Alexander ran for 110 yards and three touchdowns in his first start and Joe Walker returned an interception 65 yards for a score as No. 14 Nebraska beat Iowa State 42-7 Saturday.

Alexander and quarterback Eric Crouch, who also started for the first time this season, injected some life into Nebraska's inconsistent offense on a snowy day, although the Cornhuskers (8-2 overall, 4-2 Big 12) got plenty of help from mistaken-ridden Iowa State.

Iowa State (2-7, 0-6) committed four turnovers, including three interceptions and a fumble by a special teams player who made a serious mistake in judgment.

It was still 0-0 when Iowa State's Jamarcus Powers partially blocked Bill LaFleur's punt late in the first quarter. Jarrott Lollis, a reserve defensive back, tried to pick up the bouncing ball and run with it but fumbled and Josh Kohl recovered for Nebraska at the Iowa State 42.

Five plays later, Alexander zipped around right end on a 9-yard touchdown run.

Iowa State then drove right back down the field, only to lose the ball when Todd Bandhauer's pass ricocheted off receiver Chris Anthony and was intercepted by Clint Finley at the goal line.

Finley returned the ball to the 21, setting up a 79-yard, 13-play drive that Alexander capped with a 3-yard run to make it 14-0. Iowa State didn't get close to the end zone again until Ennis Haywood scored on a 19-yard run against Nebraska's reserves with 4:47 left.

Walker's score made it 42-0 early in the fourth quarter and gave him touchdowns this season in three return categories: interception, punt and kickoff. He's the fifth player in NCAA history to accomplish that feat.

Snow and rain fell intermittently during the first half on the windy, 36-degree day and it snowed steadily and stuck to the grass in the second half. But it didn't do much to slow Nebraska, nor did Iowa State's defense.

Crouch, Nebraska's third starting quarterback this season, carried 15 times for 91 yards, including a 31-yard scamper that set up Alexander's 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also was 4-of-8 for 44 yards with one interception.

Nebraska, which had averaged just 320 yards of offense in its two previous games, had 234 at halftime Saturday, including 205 rushing.

Crouch and Alexander, who carried 22 times, went to the bench for good with Nebraska leading 28-0 late in the third quarter. The Cornhuskers finished with 403 yards.

Nebraska held Iowa State to zero yards rushing and 91 overall through three quarters, then began substituting. Iowa State finished with 227 yards. Bandhauer, first in the Big 12 in passing yards, was just 9-of-25 for 118 yards and three interceptions.