Cyclones Fall to Colorado, 34-14
BOULDER, Colo. – Iowa State was able to earn an early 7-3 lead in its final Big 12 game against Colorado, but the Buffaloes piled up 31 consecutive points as the Cyclones fell, 34-14, to the Buffaloes Saturday at Folsom Field. The Cyclones fall to 5-6 overall on the season and 3-4 in conference play.
The Cyclones were restricted to 229 yards of total offense on the day, including -6 yards rushing, by a stingy Colorado defense.
Late in the first quarter, the Cyclone defense stepped up as Cleyon Laing punched the ball away from Colorado running back Rodney Stewart and Leonard Johnson was there to recover to give Iowa State the ball back.
Iowa State took advantage right away in the second quarter as Austen Arnaud found Collin Franklin for 27 yards to enter Colorado territory. The Cyclones made their first mark on the scoreboard at the 12:03 mark when Alexander Robinson took a handoff to the right and dove past a Buffalo defender to get into the end zone and give Iowa State a 7-3 lead after Grant Mahoney’s extra point. The eight-yard score capped a nine-play, 82 yard drive in 3:57.
Robinson came into the game hot for Iowa State, averaging 112.7 yards per game over the last three weeks and 122 yards per contest in his previous three meetings against CU. The Colorado defense shut down Robinson, holding him to 22 yards on nine carries and a touchdown, along with one reception for 10 yards.
Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins connected with receiver Paul Richardson for a 55-yard gain to get into the Iowa State red zone on the first drive of the game. The Cyclone defense was stout, with Jake Knott making tackles on all three downs to force Colorado into a 24-yard Aric Goodman field goal to make it 3-0 CU.
After Robinson’s touchdown, CU wasted no time responding as Arthur Jaffe faked a reverse on the following kickoff return, taking the kickoff 89 yards down to the Iowa State nine yard line. Two plays later, Hawkins found Ryan Deehan in the flats for a touchdown reception and a 10-7 Colorado lead that the Buffaloes would not relinquish.
After an Iowa State punt, Colorado pieced together an 11-play, 80 yard drive over 4:14, capped off by a 26-yard pass from Hawkins to Toney Clemons in the back of the end zone to make it 17-7 in favor of CU going into the halftime intermission.
The Cyclones forced Colorado to punt on its first drive of the second half but Josh Lenz fumbled after a 15-yard return and gave CU the ball in Iowa State territory. The defense held the Buffaloes to a 39-yard field goal by Goodman. Colorado struck again late in the third quarter as Hawkins sent his third touchdown pass left to an open Scotty McKnight to give the Buffaloes a 27-7 lead with 2:25 remaining in the third.
Hawkins had one of his best games in a Colorado uniform, completing 16 of 24 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Richardson, who he found five times for 121 yards. Stewart carried the ball for CU 36 times, gaining 123 yards.
After seeing Arnaud go down injured on a Colorado sack, strip and fumble return for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to increase its lead to 34-7, Jerome Tiller came in for the Cyclones on the ensuing possession. Tiller led the Cyclones down the field on a five-play, 55 yard drive completed with the sophomore scrambling out of the pocket on fourth and eight to find Franklin in the end zone, trimming the deficit to 34-14.
Franklin registered a career-best 11 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. The 11 receptions ranks tied for fifth in Iowa State history for a single game. Knott led the defense with a career-high 16 tackles, three pass breakups, one tackle for loss and a forced fumble.
Kirby Van Der Kamp had another solid game putting, averaging 46 yards on his seven punts and pinning two inside the 20.