QB Seneca Wallace led one of the greatest comebacks in school history, hitting on 23-of-37 passes and one TD and running for another score as Iowa State won at Iowa 36-31 after trailing 24-7 at the half. The rally marked the third biggest comeback in school history, and the Cyclones' 29 consecutive points in the second half were the most since 1989.
Turnovers were a major factor. After Wallace drove the Cyclones 75 yards in nine plays and scored on a 5-yard keeper on the opening drive of the second half, ISU scored again five plays later after a fumble by Iowa QB Brad Banks to close the gap to 24-21. Iowa State defensive tackle Tim TeBrink forced another Banks fumble at the Iowa 20 on the next Hawk drive. Cyclone FB Joe Woodley scored two plays later for a 28-24 lead.
After a miscue on the ensuing kickoff, Iowa was forced to start its drive at its own 5-yard line. ISU LB Jeremy Loyd then tackled Aaron Greving in the Hawk endzone for a safety and a 30-24 lead.
The Cyclones, having scored 23 points over a span of 6:42 in the third quarter, got fourth-quarter field goals of 36 and 38 yards from Adam Benike and led 36-24 before an Iowa touchdown with 1:23 left.
Iowa State outgained Iowa 446-400, 254-109 in the second half. The 36 points put on the board by the Cyclones were the most ever by an ISU team against Iowa.
Iowa, which got 222 yards rushing in the first half, was held to 29 yards on 17 carries in the second half.
ISU WR Jack Whitver caught eight passes for 132 yards and WR Lane Danielsen had 131 yards on five catches.