Clone Zone Classics: 1987 ISU-UNI Fourth Quarter
The Cyclones mounted one of the greatest comebacks in school history to give Jim Walden his first Iowa State coaching victory. ISU trailed 38-21 with ten minutes left. But Iowa State quarterback Brett Sadek, who completed 15-of-29 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns, connected with Eddie Bridges on an 11-yard scoring toss that closed the gap to 38-28 with 9:06 left.
Late in the final quarter, the Cyclones drove 60 yards in eight plays for a touchdown that made it 38-34. Edwin Jones rushed for a two-point conversion that closed the gap to 38-36. The Cyclones then executed an onside "cluster kick" maneuver and ISU's Greg Gloede recovered the ball at the Iowa State 47-yard line.
Two plays later, Dennis Ross made a spectacular catch of a Sadek pass for a 39-yard completion. Ross finished the day with eight catches for 174 yards and a touchdown. Ross' reception helped set up the winning field goal, a 28-yarder by ISU's Jeff Shudak with 1:23 remaining.
The game featured 957 yards of total offense, including 580 yards of passing. UNI quarterback Mike Smith completed 20-of-33 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns. ISU's leading rusher was running back Joe Henderson, who ran 27 times for 130 yards. Carl Boyd led Northern Iowa, with 21 carries for 134 yards and two touchdowns.