Cyclones Fall To No. 17 Texas A&M, 33-17
AMES, Iowa - No. 17 Texas A&M defeated Iowa State 33-17 Saturday afternoon in Jack Trice Stadium. The Aggies were powered by a pair of 100-yard rushers in Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael, who ran for 142 and 125 yards, respectively. TAMU improves to 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones fall to 3-4 overall and 0-4 in Big 12 play.
Senior receiver Josh Lenz had an outstanding day for the Cyclones, setting career highs in catches (8) and receiving yards (117). The Aggies recorded 510 yards of total offense to Iowa State's 305.
Two late second quarter touchdowns by Texas A&M erased an early Cyclone lead. Iowa State led 7-6 with under six minutes left to play in the half before the Aggies scored on a 10-yard touchdown catch by Jeff Fuller to make it 13-7 A&M. The drive was kept alive by a pass interference call on a 3rd-and-15. Aggies scored another touchdown with just 0:42 seconds before the half, as Michael Lamothe caught an 18-yarder from Ryan Tannehill to improve the Aggie lead to 20-7 at the break.
The Cyclone defense was strong early, holding the potent Aggie offense to just six points through the first 26 minutes of the game. The Aggies scored first after Steele Jantz was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage by Trent Hunter, who returned it to the ISU 14. The Aggies could only muster a 25-yard field goal by Randy Bullock, however.
After the Cyclones' first three offensive series' resulted in zero first downs, head coach Paul Rhoads inserted redshirt freshman Jared Barnett into the game at quarterback. He promptly sparked Iowa State to a 9-play, 83-yard drive to catapult the Cyclones in the lead at 7-6 with 3:29 left in the first quarter. Barnett hit Lenz on a 29-yard catch for the big play on the drive. James White capped off the drive with his sixth touchdown run of the season on a 19-yard scamper.
TAMU tacked on the first 10 points of the second half to go up 30-7, but the Cyclones kept fighting. Iowa State cut it to 30-14 with 6:50 left in the third quarter when Duran Hollis scored his first touchdown of his career on a 1-yard plunge. The Cyclone scoring drive went for 74 yards on eight plays. Lenz once again came up with the big play on the drive with a 30-yard reception.
The Cyclones closed the gap after the Aggies muffed a punt which was recovered by Matt Morton. Zach Guyer nailed a career-long 43-yard field goal to inch the Cyclones closer at 30-17 with 2:16 left in the third quarter.
A 10-play, 85-yard Aggie drive which resulted in a 20-yard field goal by Bullock to put TAMU up 33-17 with 7:30 left in the game, ending the scoring in the game.
Jeremy Reeves, A.J. Klein and Matt Tau'fo'ou had 10 tackles to lead the defense and Patrick Neal had one sack and a forced fumble. Barnett ended the game with 16 completions on 36 attempts for 180 yards.
Iowa State is back in action at Texas Tech next Saturday. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.