ISU Defeats Iowa In 3-Overtime Thriller, 44-41
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AMES, Iowa - James White ran an option play from four yards out for a touchdown in the third overtime period to give Iowa State an unbelievable 44-41 win over Iowa Saturday afternoon in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown in Jack Trice Stadium. The win improves Iowa State to 2-0 this season and ends a three-game losing streak to the Hawkeyes.
Iowa State came from behind on three different occasions in the fourth quarter and overtime periods, as the crowd of 56,085, the second-largest contingent in Jack Trice Stadium history, rejoiced at mid-field while regaining the Cy-Hawk Trophy.
Both teams traded touchdowns in the first two overtimes. Iowa State tallied a TD on a Darius Reynolds four-yard touchdown catch on 4th-and-goal in the first extra period. White scored on a touchdown run in the second overtime session.
The Cyclone defense broke the touchdown string in the third overtime, forcing Iowa to kick a 34-yarder from Mike Meyer. The White touchdown run on third down was the decisive score.
"I don't have trouble finding words very often," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "I had trouble in the locker room and am having trouble right now because of the unbelievable performance, not just by one team but by two teams out there. Our football team overcame unbelievable adversity today."
The Cyclones forced the overtime thanks to the exploits of Steele Jantz. Down 24-17 with 5:40 left in the game, Jantz engineered a 13-play, 59-yard drive. Jantz converted on a 19-yard pass on 3rd-and-15 and a 40-yard pass to Reynolds on a 3rd-and-20 to keep the drive alive.
Jantz then hit Darius Darks on a scramble from four yards out to tie the game at 24-24 for the first overtime game in the Cy-Hawk series.
Jantz was on his game. The junior college transfer bailed the Cyclones out multiple times with his feet and arm. He finished the game with 279 yards on 25-of-37 yards passing and four touchdowns. He also ran for 42 yards.
The game was tied at 10-10 at the half despite two costly turnovers by Iowa State deep into Iowa territory. The Cyclones were the aggressor on the opening drive, taking the ball all the way down to the Iowa 5-yard line at first and goal. However, a high snap from center Tom Farniok went over Jantz' head and was recovered by the Hawkeyes.
Iowa then went 82 yards on 12 plays to go ahead 7-0. James Vandenburg hit Kevon Martin-Manley on a 6-yard toss for the first score of the game.
Iowa tacked on a field goal by Meyer to make it 10-0 with 13:32 left in the second half.
Iowa State was looking to close the gap in the middle part of the second half, but another fumble, this one by Shontrelle Johnson, was recovered by Iowa at the 5-yard line.
Iowa State got new life, however, as Marcus Coker coughed up the ball three plays later and was recovered by Jake Knott at the Iowa 12-yard line. Jantz hit Reynolds three plays later from 11 yards out to cut the lead to 10-7.
Grant Mahoney drilled a 54-yard field goal, his fifth 50-yarder of his career, with 0:41 seconds left to knot the game at 10-10 at intermission.
Another Iowa State turnover resulted into a Meyer field goal to make it 13-10 Iowa early in the third quarter. Christian Kirksey knocked the ball loose from Reid Branderhorst and recovered it at the 21-yard line. The Cyclone defense held, allowing just three points.
A career-long 50-yard field goal by Meyer came after a missed 3-pointer from ISU's Mahoney, giving Iowa a 16-10 lead. Iowa State bounced back with an impressive drive aided by a 57-yard reception by Aaron Horne from Jantz, the longest completion for the Cyclones since October 29, 2005.
Jantz hit Josh Lenz in the corner of the end zone on an 8-yard toss to give the Cyclones a 17-16 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Iowa State had a chance to increase its lead, but another missed field goal, this time by Zach Guyer from 37 yards out, stopped an impressive Cyclone drive.
Iowa followed with a long drive which was capped off by a Coker 1-yard touchdown dive to give the Hawkeyes a 24-17 lead after the two-point conversion was successful.
Johnson ended the game with his first career 100-yard game, rambling for 108 yards on 18 carries. Reynolds had 85 yards receiving on six catches. Matt Tau'fo'ou and A.J. Klein tallied eight tackles each to pace the Cyclone defense.
Iowa State is back in action on Friday at Connecticut with a 7 p.m. (CDT) on ESPN2.
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