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ISU's Smith earns national honor


AMES (KWWL) -- Iowa State middle linebacker Jesse Smith, who keyed the Cyclones' first win at Nebraska since 1977 Saturday, has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation BCS Player of the Week. Smith made a team high 12 tackles (seven solos), with two stops behind the line of scrimmage and broke up a pass as ISU forced eight Husker turnovers. Smith, a senior, also forced a fumble before making the game's final interception with 1:53 left in the contest to ice Iowa State's 9-7 win.

Smith's leadership and effort on defense was crucial because Iowa State played without its tailback, Alexander Robinson, who came into the game as the Big 12 Conference's leading rusher. ISU was also without starting quarterback and second-leading rusher Austen Arnaud. Smith, an Altoona native, was part of an Iowa State defense that made a two-point lead stand for the game's final 36:53 of the game. The victory was Iowa State's first conference road win since 2005 (at Texas A&M). Iowa State has given up just 17 points in the last two league games, which is the best two-game conference effort since 1978 (7 pts combined by KU and KSU). The Cyclones allowed the Huskers just seven points, their best defensive scoring effort against the Huskers since 1959.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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