Cyclones Fall To Iowa, 35-3
AMES, Iowa— Iowa State couldn’t overcome six costly turnovers, as Iowa downed the Cyclones 35-3 Saturday afternoon in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa intercepted five Cyclone passes and recorded four of its five touchdowns off of ISU miscues.
"If you'd ask me early in the week, I would have told you the team that wins the football game has to have one thing to be true," ISU head coach Paul Rhoads said. "Fewer turnovers and more takeaways is probably going to win the football game. We executed poorly for the course of the football game. We can't win doing that. Obviously, there were too many turnovers and penalties."
Turnovers and penalties plagued the Cyclones in the opening period, as Iowa led at the half 14-3. ISU took an early lead when Grant Mahoney drilled a 46-yard field goal with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Cyclones tried an on-side kick, but the Hawkeyes recovered it inside Iowa State territory to give UI outstanding field position. A Kennard Banks personal foul then gave Iowa the ball at the 12-yard line, and two plays later, Ricky Stanzi hit Brett Morse on a 1-yard pass to put Iowa up 7-3.
Later in the second quarter, an Austen Arnaud pass was picked off by Iowa’s Tyler Sash, who returned it 31 yards to the ISU 24-yard line. Stanzi then hit Derrell Johnson-Koulianos a couple of plays later from 18 yards out to give Iowa a 14-3 lead at the half.
ISU was penalized seven times for 59 yards and had three interceptions in the first half.
Another Cyclone turnover set up Iowa’s next score. Alexander Robinson fumbled on the opening drive of the second half, setting up a 7-yard touchdown catch to Allen Reisner from Stanzi to make it 21-3 Iowa.
Iowa’s Brett Greenwood picked off Arnaud’s fourth interception of the game to set up another Hawkeye touchdown. Brandon Wegher ran it in from 1-yard out to put the game out of reach at 28-3 with 4:27 left in the third quarter.
Wegher finished the game with 101 yards on 15 carries to pace the Hawkeyes. Stanzi tallied 197 yards through the air on 18-of-34 passing. Sash tied an Iowa school record with three interceptions in the game.
Robinson recorded the fourth 100-yard game of his career, rushing for 100 yards on 19 carries to steer the Cyclone offense. ISU defensive back David Sims intercepted a pair of Stanzi passes to give him three picks in two games this year.
ISU hits the road for the first time next week (Sept. 19), traveling to Kent State for a 6 p.m. kickoff.