Cole Netten’s 42-yard field goal with two seconds remaining sent Iowa State to a 20-17 victory over the University of Iowa football team in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup Saturday afternoon inside a sold-out Kinnick Stadium.
“It was a tough loss for our football team,” said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz. “Credit to our opponent, they did a great job, particularly in the second half, and that’s where the game was decided. We got outplayed in the second half and it doesn’t feel very good.”
Following a game-tying 44-yard field goal by Iowa place kicker Marshall Koehn, the Cyclones drove 51 yards over 11 plays to set up the game-winning field goal. Starting at its own 25, Aaron Wimberly began the drive with a 7-yard rush on first down before Allen Lazard caught a 9-yard pass to move the Cyclones to the 41.
Iowa State moved the ball into Hawkeye territory when Sam B. Richardson connected with Brett Medders for seven yards on third-and-6. Iowa’s defense forced a second third down on third-and-6 from the Iowa 43, but the drive stayed alive when freshman Josey Jewell was whistled for a defensive holding for an automatic first down.
After a pair of Wimberly rushes, a five-yard off-sides penalty on third down and a 3-yard Wimberly run to the Iowa 24, Iowa iced Netten before his first attempt with a timeout. The sophomore kicker followed by connecting on a 42-yard field goal to give the Cyclones the victory.
After trailing 14-3 at the half, the Cyclones outscored the Hawkeyes, 17-3, in the second half to rally for the victory. Iowa State out-gained Iowa, 337-275, for the game, which included a 190-102 advantage in the second half. The Hawkeyes ran for 129 yards on 44 attempts, and had 146 yards through the air.
“We did a decent job (offensively) in the first half, but the second half we never got in the traction,” said Ferentz. “Part of that is self-inflicted and part of that is good play on their part, so the credit goes to them.”
Iowa junior Jake Rudock completed 16-of-24 passes for 146 yards, while rushing for 39 yards and scoring a touchdown on 12 attempts. Senior Mark Weisman finished with 49 yards rushing and a touchdown, while senior Damon Bullock and junior Tevaun Smith both had four receptions.
Defensively, senior Quinton Alston had a game-high 10 tackles, finishing with seven solo and three assists. The linebacker also forced a fumble in the contest.
Richardson completed 25-of-37 attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Lazard caught five passes for 53 yards, and E.J. Bibbs had three receptions for 32 yards with a touchdown. Wimberly led the Cyclone rushing attack, gaining 33 yards on 11 carries.
Trailing 14-3 at the break, Iowa State turned the game’s momentum when it forced an Iowa turnover on the first drive of the second half. On third-and-10 from its own 17, Rudock’s attempt toward Jake Duzey was intercepted by Cyclone safety T.J. Mutcherson at the Iowa 40, and returned eight yards to the 32.
The Cyclones capitalized, using a six-play, 32-yard drive to cut the lead to 14-10. Richardson opened the series with three-straight completions to move Iowa State to the 3. After being stopped for one yard gains on second and third down, Iowa State scored on fourth-and goal when Richardson faked an option before finding Bibbs wide open on a jump pass in the back of the end zone for the score.
Iowa State took the lead on its first drive of the fourth quarter, courtesy of a 10-play, 92-yard drive that took four minutes. Richardson completed a pair of passes for 17 yards to start the series and move the Cyclones out of the shadow of their own goal line.
On second-and-8 from the 27, Iowa State wide receiver Jarvis West dropped a pass in the seam, but Iowa safety Jordan Lomax was flagged for a 15-yard targeting personal foul on the play, which resulted in his ejection. After moving into Iowa territory, Richardson converted a key third down, scrambling for 12 yards on third-and-4 from the 39. On the next play, he found DeVonderick Nealy for a 27-yard touchdown pass out of the backfield to give Iowa State a 17-14 lead with 7:33 remaining.
After taking over at its own 18 yard line, Iowa drove 56 yards over 10 plays for the game-tying field goal. After a 5-yard false start and a 15-yard ISU personal foul on the first play of the series, Rudock moved Iowa into Cyclone territory with a pair of completions for nine and 14 yards sandwiched around a 4-yard run by Weisman.
Iowa’s offense moved the ball to the ISU 26 on the series, before the drive stalled when Rudock misfired on an attempt to Jacob Hillyer on third-and-5, setting up Koehn’s career-long 44-yard field goal to tie the game with 4:08 to play.
After trading possessions to start the game, Iowa’s offense grinded out a 16-play, 55-yard drive to score the game’s first points. The Hawkeyes converted a pair of fourth-downs on the series — a 2-yard Weisman run up the middle on fourth-and-1 from the ISU 31 and a 1-yard Weisman plunge on fourth-and-goal from the 1. Iowa rushed 10 times for 18 yards on the series, including six-straight rushes from the Iowa State 12-yard line.
Iowa State scored its lone points of the opening half on the ensuing possession, moving 46 yards over 13 plays. After taking over at its own 25, the Cyclones needed five plays to move into Hawkeye territory, utilizing Richardson’s arms and legs.
On third-and-6 from the 39, Richardson scrambled for seven yards to the 32. Iowa’s defense buckled down, holding Nealy to 3-yard gain on first down before Richardson misfired on second and third down. Netten cut the deficit to 7-3 with a 47-yard field goal with 13:44 remaining in the second quarter.
Iowa pushed its lead to 14-3 with a 10-play, 61-yard drive after taking over at its own 39 yard line. Rudock connected with senior tight end Ray Hamilton in the seam for a 33-yard gain on first down to the Iowa State 28. The biggest play on the drive came when the Hawkeyes converted a fourth-and-8 from 16.
Rudock scrambled to his left, before connected with Hillyer for a 10-yard gain on a jump ball to the ISU 6. Three plays later Rudock scored via an option keeper on third-and-goal from the 5, pushing the Iowa advantage to 14-3 with 3:52 left.
Iowa dodged a bullet to keep the margin at 14-3 at the break. After taking over at its own 25, Richardson led the Cyclones deep into Hawkeye territory, connecting for 26 yards to West to midfield, 19-yards to Lazard to the Iowa 27 and a 22-yarder to Bibbs to the Iowa 2.
With the goal line at its back, the Hawkeyes forced the game’s first turnover. On first and goal, Nealy ran off-tackle, where he was met by Alston before crossing the plane. The linebacker knocked the ball loose at the 1, and sophomore Greg Mabin recovered in the end zone to keep the Cyclones off the board.
Iowa (2-1) returns to action Sept. 20, hitting the road for its first away contest of the season at Pittsburgh.
(release courtesy of hawkeyesports.com)