Cyclones Fall To Hawkeyes, 35-7
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Iowa State sustained several offensive drives but could not finish them, falling 35-7 to No. 9 Iowa Saturday in Kinnick Stadium. The Cyclones, 1-1 this season, play against Kansas State next Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The Cyclones only score came with just under two minutes remaining in the game as Austen Arnaud connected with Darius Darks on an eight-yard touchdown pass.
Iowa was methodical on its first two drives of the game, driving 71 yards in 13 plays for a score to start the game. Marvin McNutt scored on a 9-yard reception to make it 7-0 Iowa with 6:54 left in the first quarter.
The two drives lasted a total of 15 minutes and Iowa State ran only three plays in the first 16 ½ minutes of the game. Jewel Hampton capped a 16-play, 71-yard drive with a 2-yard run that made it 14-0 Hawkeyes with 13:31 left in the second quarter.
Shontrelle Johnson got Iowa State going with a 37-yard kickoff return to set up the Cyclones' second drive of the game. But Iowa State went three-and-out again and punted to Iowa. Hawkeye quarterback Ricky Stanzi then hit McNutt on a 61-yard pass play. Iowa scored three plays later for a 21-0 advantage with 10:02 left in the second quarter.
Late in the half Iowa State's Jake Lattimer nailed Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi for a 10-yard sack. But on the next play, Adam Robinson ripped off a 75-yard run that set up the Hawks' fourth touchdown three plays later. The Cyclones then drove from their 20-yard line to the Iowa 37 before a penalty bogged Iowa State down on downs.
Iowa led 28-0 at halftime after outgaining the Cyclones 288-85.
Iowa State drove to the Hawkeye 18 and 20 in the third-quarter but interceptions ended those Cyclone offensive thrusts. True freshman Shontrelle Johnson impressed onlookers with 62-yard kickoff return to go with his 37-yarder in the first half.
The Hawkeyes lone score of the second half came on a 39-yard run by Adam Robinson.
"I challenged them (at the half)," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "I challenged them to play with that kind of effort and they did. When you're down 28-0 you don't go in there and say, 'Hey, we're going to go win a football game'. You talk about having the opportunity to win a football game if you go out there, play well and play with great effort. That's what we did and I'm proud of my kids for that."
Arnaud finished with 197 yards passing, going 20-44 in the game. His touchdown pass to Darks was the 30th of his career.
Alexander Robinson led the Cyclones receiving, tying a career-high with six catches for 59 yards. Darks had four receptions for 36 yards and his fourth career touchdown reception.
A.J. Klein led the Cyclones in tackles for the second-straight week with 11.