Cyclones Drop Heartbreaker To Toledo, 36-35
Bret Meyer completed 24 of 33 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, while J.J. Bass ran for 133 yards on 34 carries and two touchdowns to pace the Cyclone offense. Todd Blythe caught seven passes for 77 yards and a touchdown while R.J. Sumrall made six catches for 52 yards.
The Cyclones and Rockets alternated scoring efforts throughout the first three quarters. The Rockets went 95 yards on 10 plays to strike in their initial drive at the 7:30 mark of the first quarter. Jalen Parmele capped the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run.
Bass ran 10 yards to pay dirt with 31 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Cyclones gained 21 yards on the ground and 47 yards through the air for six plays and 69 yards.
The two teams again traded touchdowns in the second quarter.
The Cyclone rebuttal came almost exclusively through the air. Meyer threw to the flat for Wallace Franklin, who marched into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown with 4:20 remaining in the first half. Meyer completed five passes for 56 yards on the drive, including a seven-yard connection to Sumrall on fourth and six from the
The Rockets retook the lead, 17-14, with a five-play, 47-yard drive resulting in a 35-yard Alex Steigerwald field goal just 1:10 into the third quarter.
ISU again had an answer. Meyer again proved potent through the air, connecting on consecutive passes of 25 and 26 yards to Sumrall and Blythe, respectively, the latter for his second touchdown pass of the night at the 12:31 mark of the third quarter. The Cyclones took a 21-17 lead.
The Cyclone defense forced a fourth and seven from the
Using the short field, the Cyclones went 39 yards, all on the ground for another touchdown with 5:25 left in the game. Bass went 21 yards in the series, scoring from the one to increase the ISU advantage to 35-24. Meyer also moved the ball 18 yards on the ground in the drive.
The Rockets wasted no time cutting into the lead. Parmele took the kick-off 82 yards to pay dirt to make the score 35-30. The two-point conversion failed.
The ISU offense drove the ball to the
The Cyclones return to action next Saturday at