It's hard to believe, but on March 5, it will have been 10 years since Iowa State lost a great ambassador and beloved friend in Voice of the Cyclones, Pete Taylor. Over the next 10 days, Cyclones.tv's John Walters will visit with Pete’s best friend and long-time partner on the Cyclone Radio Network, Eric Heft. We will also re-visit 10 memorable plays in Iowa State history, re-live the graceful way that Pete captured those moments and remember the historical significance for Iowa State.
Event: Men's Basketball | 2001 vs. Nebraska | "Jamaal Tinsley Putting on a Clinic..."
The date was March 3, 2001 in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones needed one more win to clinch back-to-back Big 12 Championships. Nebraska put up a good fight but in the end, the Huskers were no match for Jamaal Tinsley. The Big 12 Player of the Year scored 23 of his career-high 29 points in the second half.
With each big play by Iowa State's talented point guard, you could sense that Pete Taylor and Eric Heft knew that Tinsley was not about to be denied another championship.
Event: Football | 2001l vs. Iowa | "Picked Off By Runk!"
The date was Nov. 24, 2001 in Ames, Iowa. It was a unique setting for the ISU vs. Iowa series. The tragic events of 9/11 had pushed the game back to November. As usual, Seneca Wallace was outstanding, completing 20 of 27 passes. Tony Yelk's field goal early in the fourth quarter had pushed Iowa State ahead 17-14.
With Pete Taylor and Eric Heft on the call, sernior Adam Runk made sure that it stayed that way, ending Iowa's final drive of the game.
Event: Men's Basketball | 2000 vs. Texas | "And Stuffs It Over Mihm!"
The date was Feb. 22, 2000 in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones had been picked sixth in the Big 12 race, but by now they had positioned themselves to compete for the conference championship. Standing in the way was two home games against highly-rated Texas and Oklahoma State. The Cyclones would win both games, proving that nothing was going to stand between them and a Big 12 Championship. In doing so, Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Fizer proved that nothing could stand between him and the basket.
Event: Football | 2000 Insight Bowl vs. Pittsburgh | "He Might Go!"
The date was Dec. 28, 2000 in Phoeniz, Ariz. It was the Insight Bowl vs. Pittsburgh. With eight victories, Iowa State was having a wonderful season. The perfect cap would be the first bowl win in school history. It was a tight game, but early in the fourth quarter, Iowa State finally got some breathing room thanks to a breathtaking play from freshman Ja'Maine Billups.
Event: Football | 2002 Iowa State at Iowa | "Made It Five In A Row..."
The date was Sept. 14, 2002 in Iowa City, Iowa. It was Iowa State at Iowa. Unrated Iowa State had won four straight over the Hawkeyes, but Iowa was favored on its home field. It looked like the streak might come to an end as the the Hawkeyes jumped out to a 24-7 halftime lead. But, Seneca Wallace would spark an incredible comeback.
Pete Taylor and Eric Heft were along for the ride, one great play and one great call after another.
Event: Football | 1996 Iowa State vs. Missouri | "I've Seen It All Today..."
The date was Sept. 28, 1996 in Ames, Iowa. It was Missouri vs. Iowa State. To this day, Troy Davis is the only player in the history of college football to rush for 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons. A good chunk of that yardage came at the expense of Missouri on this day. Davis rushed 41 times for 378 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-31 win over the Tigers. At the time, it was the third-highest rushing total in NCAA history.
Pete Taylor and Eric Heft described every juke and cutback to perfection.
Event: Football | 2002 Nebraska | "Cyclones of the New"
The date was Sept. 28, 2002 in Ames, Iowa. It was No. 19 Iowa State vs. No. 20 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers had been ranked in an NCAA record 348 consecutive weeks dating all the way back to 1981. But, Dan McCarney had his program on the rise. Seneca Wallace, Lane Danielsen and Michael Wagner were the offensive stars and the Cyclone defense held Nebraska to 273 yards in a dominating 36-14 victory.
The end of this win was summed up in perfect fashion by Pete Taylor and Eric Heft.
Event: Football | 1992 vs. Nebraska | Marv Seiler Game
The date was Nov. 14, 1992 in Ames, Iowa. Seventh-rated Nebraska was the visitor and a 29-point favorite over a struggling Iowa State team. But on this day, an unlikely hero would emerge to lead the Cyclones to win in one of the most stunning upsets in college football history.
Pete Taylor and Eric Heft captured the most magical play of a magical day at Cyclone Stadium, a 78-yard run by Marv Seiler.
Event: Football | 2002 vs. Texas Tech | "What A Run By Wallace!"
The date was Oct. 12, 2002 in Ames, Iowa. Texas Tech vs. Iowa State. The Cyclones had won five straight games and had moved up to No. 11 on the Associated Press poll. Quarterback Seneca Wallace had emerged as a contender for the Heisman Trophy.
On this night, Wallace would go from contender to front-runner, with one of the most memorable plays in Cyclone history. The call by Pete Taylor and Eric heft was every bit as memorable as the play itself.