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Iowa State Football History: The 1990's

Release: 08/24/2012
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AMES, Iowa - Iowa State’s football legacy stretches over 12 decades back to the program’s formation in 1892. Our Athletics Communications Department recently chronicled the highlights of that history into shortened document for another department project.

So, we decided to share that with you. Each Friday leading up until the home-opener on Sept. 1 vs. Tulsa, will recount major moments in Cyclone football history.  Archive links to previous years are below.


The Cyclones’ peak of the season is a 33-31 win on Oct. 20 at No. 16 Oklahoma as QB Chris Pedersen scored on a sneak with 35 seconds remaining in Norman, Okla. Oklahoma’s R.D. Lashar missed a 23-yard field goal with 2:50 to play. A large crowd greeted the Cyclones upon their return to Ames that evening. Offensive lineman Gene Williams earns All-America honors. CB Marcus Robertson, PK Jeff Shudak and Williams are first-team All-Big 12 honorees.

On Sept. 28, Iowa State trailed Rice 27-17 with just three minutes left in Houston, Texas. A single first-down by the Owls would have ended the Cyclones’ chances. But Rice fumbled and Iowa State recovered with 3:09 left. QB Chris Pedersen hit TE Paul Schulte for an 11-yard score with 1:18 to go. Pedersen’s two-point conversion keeper made it 27-25. Cyclone Kevin Lazard recovered the ensuing onside kick at the Rice 47-yard line.  PK Ty Stewart hit on a 40-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining for a 28-27 victory.

One of the more surreal moments in Iowa State football occurs on Nov. 23, when full-blown blizzard hits the state of Iowa. No tickets were taken for Iowa State’s season-finale vs. Colorado. If you could get to the stadium, you could get in. Colorado prevails 17-14. About 2,000 fans, including a large contingent of children, made it to the game. PR James “The Eel” McMillion and FS Mark DouBrava are first-team All-Big 12 honorees.

In the one of the biggest upsets in Iowa State history, a fired up Cyclone defense held No. 7 Nebraska 223 yards under its per game average and ISU fourth-string QB Marv Seiler, a fifth-year senior making his first career start, rushed for 144 yards on 24 carries. His 78-yard run in the fourth quarter set up the only score of the second half, a two-yard dive that propelled Iowa State to a 19-10 win. PR James “The Eel” McMillion and FS Mark DouBrava are first-team All-Big 12 honorees. Iowa State’s defense with DouBrava and middle linebacker Malcom Goodwin is steady all season.

Iowa State upsets No. 18 Kansas State, 27-23 on Nov. 6 in Ames. Center Tony Booth snares a deflected pass and rumbles forward for a key first down on a scoring drive to earn Big Eight offensive player of the week. Offensive lineman Doug Skartvedt earns All-America honors. PR James “The Eel” McMillion and PK Ty Stewart earn first-team All-Big Eight honors.

PK Ty Stewart is a first-team All-Big Eight selection. Jim Walden resigns as head coach Nov. 3. Assistant Barry Wilson coaches the final two games. Dan McCarney, the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin is introduced as Iowa State’s new head coach on Nov. 23.

Aug. 31, in McCarney’s first game as head coach, TB Troy Davis gives the season an auspicious start, rushing for a school record 291 yards on 40 carries and three touchdowns as Iowa State came back from a 21-12 fourth-quarter deficit to end a 13-game winless streak and beat Ohio 36-21.

In a Sept. 23 game against UNLV in Ames, TB Troy Davis rushed for 302 yards and five touchdowns, both school records in a 57-30 win. Davis scored on runs of 20, 8, 66, 80, and 5 yards despite leaving the game with 5:10 left in the third quarter.

Davis rushes for 203 yards vs. Colorado and 202 yards vs. Oklahoma State. He finishes the season with 2,010 rushing yards as the first sophomore to pass the 2,000 barrier. He makes a trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy Ceremony at the Downtown Athletic Club. Davis finishes fifth in the Heisman balloting. OL Patrick Augafa is named the Big Eight Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Iowa State begins competition in the Big 12 Conference as Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Baylor join the Big Eight schools.

TB Troy Davis, playing college football for the first time in front of his father, rushes a school record 53 times for 241 yards and five touchdowns on Sept. 21 in Cyclone Stadium-Jack Trice Field. Iowa State prevails 42-23 over Northern Iowa. He outdid himself one week later vs. Missouri in Jack Trice Stadium. Davis was TROYmendous, rushing for an incredible 378 yards on 41 carries with four TDs, two in the final eight minutes. Iowa State scored 21 unanswered four-quarter points to prevail, 45-31. At the time, Davis’ rushing yardage total was the third-most in NCAA history.

On Oct. 19, Troy Davis rushes for 238 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns in Stillwater, Okla. but Oklahoma State comes from behind to nip Iowa State, 28-27. Davis rushes for 228 yards on 35 carries and a pair of touchdowns in a 49-42 defeat in Boulder, Colo. In the season finale at Kansas State, Davis rushes 48 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns.  
On his last score, Davis strikes the Heisman Trophy pose in the end zone after finishing the season with 2,185 yards rushing. He is the first college football back to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a pair of seasons and leads the nation in rushing for the second straight year and earns All-America honors both seasons. He is named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year.

At the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York, Davis is the national runner-up to Florida QB Danny Wuerffel. Davis carries every region in the voting but the eastern seaboard.
1997    In the pre-game before the season-opener against Oklahoma State, Aug. 30, Iowa State’s football stadium is renamed Jack Trice Stadium. It remains the only NCAA BCS stadium named for an African-American.  WR Ty Watley earns first-team All-Big 12 honors.

RB Darren Davis carries the football 37 times for 244 yards, FB Joe Parmentier scored on a pair of 1-yard TD runs and the Iowa State defense held Iowa to just 42 yard rushing as the Cyclones beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, 27-9. The win ended a 15-year losing streak in the series for Iowa State and was the Cyclones’ first win on the road in nearly seven years.
1999    RB Darren Davis finishes his career as a first-team All-Big 12 honoree with 3,763 rushing yards, second only to his older brother Troy (4,382).


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