Iowa State Rallies To Victory Over UConn, 24-20
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - For the third time in as many games, the Iowa State football team rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to come away with a 24-20 win over Connecticut Friday night at Rentschler Field.
With the win, the Cyclones are 3-0 for the first time since 2005 and will have a bye week before an Oct. 1 showdown with Texas in Jack Trice Stadium.
The Iowa State defense held strong, stopping two UConn drives to preserve the victory. ISU held UConn to 343 yards of total offense.
Darius Reynolds was the star of the game, posting a career-high 128 receiving yards on just four catches. He had two touchdowns for the second consecutive game.
UConn took the opening drive for a touchdown to go up 7-0, as Scott McCummings scored from 10 yards out to put the Huskies on the board first.
Meanwhile, the Cyclone offense struggled mightily in the early going. Iowa State had three turnovers and a punt on its first four possessions, as quarterback Steele Jantz opened the game 0-for-4 with three picks.
After UConn increased the lead to 10-0, Jantz rallied the troops, connecting with Reynolds for 48 yards on a 3rd-and-19 to keep a drive alive. Two plays later, James White went around the left end for a 26-yard touchdown to cut the lead 10-7.
Both offenses struggled the final 11 minutes of the second quarter. The Iowa State defense stiffened in the second quarter, allowing just one first down and 13 yards. Neither team was able to score the rest of the half, as the Huskies took a 10-7 lead into the intermission.
After a UConn fumble in its first possession of the second half, the Cyclones took advantage. Iowa State went to its bag of tricks and perfected a reverse pass, as Josh Lenz tossed a 40-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Reynolds to put Iowa State up 14-10 with 11:18 left in the third quarter.
The Huskies inched closer on their ensuing drive with a 50-yard field goal by David Teggart to make it 14-13 Iowa State at the 9:37 mark of the third quarter.
The Cyclones capitalized after another UConn miscue, as Walter Woods recovered a fumble at the UConn 21-yard line. Two false starts stymied the Cyclones, but Zach Guyer hit his first career field goal on a 36-yarder to make it 17-13 Iowa State.
The Huskies took the lead early in the fourth quarter when McCummings hit Kashif Moore for a 39-yard touchdown reception. The extra point made it 20-17 UConn with 12:51 left in the game.
Iowa State didn't waver. The Cyclones bounced right back with an eight-play, 65-yard drive to retake the lead at 24-20. Iowa State converted twice on third down, including an acrobatic sideline catch by Lenz for 19 yards on third-and-nine to keep the drive going. Jantz then found Reynolds on a 20-yard touchdown catch to cap the drive.
Stephen Ruempolhamer had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Jake Knott (11) and Jeremy Reeves (10) led the Cyclone defense in tackles. Jantz finished the game with 200 yards passing on 18-of-29 attempts.
Iowa State is now 13-1 in the Paul Rhoads era when holding opponents under 24 points.
Kickoff and television coverage for the Oct. 1 conference opener against Texas has not been announced.
Paul Rhoads Post-Game Media Conference