Culbertson Kicks Iowa, 15-13
AMES, Iowa—Senior kicker Bret Culbertson tied a school-record with five field goals, including the game-winner on a 28-yarder with 0:01 left on the clock, as Iowa State defeated Iowa, 15-13, Saturday afternoon to claim state bragging rights and the Cy-Hawk Series Trophy. The win marked Gene Chizik’s first as the Cyclone head coach and the seventh victory over
“This win is for the
For Culbertson, it was a bittersweet moment. The
“There was a little pressure, but I was calm," Culbertson said. "I went out there with my snapper and my holder and we just did what we do everyday. I was excited on the sideline. When I got out there they iced me and I just relaxed my nerves.”
Culbertson’s heroics were set up on a seven-play, 56-yard drive by ISU after Iowa took its first lead of the game at the 3:38 mark (13-12) when Austin Signor kicked a 41-yarder. The key play of ISU's drive was a 38-yard catch by true freshman Phillip Bates on a second-and-14 which gave ISU first-and-10 at the
“It was just amazing," Bates said. "Bret told me to make a play and that’s what I did. They called my number and I had to make a play.”
The first half was all
A stiff wind from the south made it tough moving the ball north-to-south for both teams. The Cyclones faced the wind in the second quarter, but continued to win the battle of field position. Culbertson was solid going against the wind, drilling a pair of 40-yarders to tally all 12 points of the half. Senior QB Bret Meyer was impressive in the first half, going 11-of-14 through the air and rushing for 42 yards on the ground.
A Cyclone turnover on their first drive of the second half once again led to opponent points. Meyer fumbled on the third play of the drive, giving
The Cyclone defense came up big throughout the afternoon, holding
Meyer finished the game going 21-of-29 through the air for 157 yards. His primary target was R.J. Sumrall, who tied a career-high with seven catches for 62 yards. Junior running back J.J. Bass gained 80 rushing yards to lead the Cyclone ground attack, while Meyer churned out a respectable 52 yards, mainly on a series of quarterback draws.
Albert Young paced the Hawkeyes, who fall to 2-1 on the season, with 60 yards on the ground.
Culbertson’s five field goals ties the