Knott Seals Cyclone Win With Late Interception
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Waukee, Iowa, native Jake Knott sealed Iowa State's 9-6 Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk win over Iowa Saturday in Kinnick Stadium with an interception with 1:11 remaining. Knott's interception came as the Hawkeyes were marching down the field and had moved the ball to the Cyclones' 24-yard line.
Iowa State (2-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12 Conference) produced a stout defensive performance holding Iowa without touchdown for the first time since a 23-3 victory in Ames in 2005. The defensive performance is the Cyclones' best at Kinnick since Iowa State shutout Iowa 31-0 in 1978.
The Cyclone defense held Iowa to 68 rushing yards, the lowest total the Hawkeyes have amassed on the ground in the series since 1999 against Iowa State.
The Cyclones moved the ball effectively, but three turnovers inside the Hawkeye red zone prevented Iowa State from distancing itself from Iowa.
Iowa State senior quarterback Steele Jantz started the game red hot, completing his first 10 passes. The Agoura Hills, Calif., native went on to finish the game 24-of-36 with 241 yards and one touchdown. Jantz threw a pair of interceptions and rushed for 40 yards.
The Cyclones took the ball to start the game and drove right down the field. On third and three from the Iowa five yard line, Jantz connected on a pass to Aaron Horne over the midfield for the game's first touchdown. The Cyclones could not convert on the extra point and had the 6-0 lead 5:05 into the game.
Iowa responded by taking the ball all the way to the Cyclone five yard line, but the Cyclone defense stalled the Hawkeyes, forcing a field goal. Iowa's Michael Meyers made the 23-yard field goal to make the score 6-3 with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
A key pass to Horne from Jantz early in the second quarter for 40 yards set the Cyclones up for a scoring drive. Arceo converted a 23-yard field goal to extend the Cyclone lead to 9-3 with 11:13 remaining in the first half.
Horne finished the game with a team-high 73 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Cyclones return to Jack Trice Stadium for their next tilt. Iowa State faces Western Illinois Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be broadcast exclusively on Cyclones.tv.