Iowa Capitalizes to Take 17-5 Cy-Hawk Win
IOWA CITY, Iowa – It was a game of opportunities for both Iowa State and Iowa. In the end, Iowa made the big plays when it had to and defeated the Cyclones, 17-5, to claim the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk trophy Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium.
The Cyclone offense got inside the Iowa 30-yard line six times, but was only able to come away with three points. The Cyclone defense held the Hawkeyes to just one offensive touchdown and intercepted two passes. With the win, Iowa takes a 3-2 lead in the 2008-09 Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series.
After a 15-yard pass play and a 15-yard penalty against the Cyclones, Iowa’s Shon Greene made runs of 20 and five yards, the second carry for a touchdown that gave Iowa a 10-3 advantage with 12:56 left in the game.
After Austen Arnaud then marched the Cyclones down the field to the Iowa 29, his pass intended for Marquis Hamilton was incomplete, forcing ISU to kick a field goal, which Grant Mahoney missed from 46 yards out. The two teams traded drives before Andy Brodell returned a punt 81-yards for a touchdown to give Iowa a 17-3 lead.
Iowa State once again drove down the field to the Hawkeye 4-yard line, but Arnaud's pass to Houston Jones on 4th-and-4 was incomplete and the Cyclones turned the ball over on downs. On the next drive, the Cyclone defense held Iowa to a 4th-and-7 on the Iowa 7-yard line, and got a safety with 28 seconds remaining to conclude the scoring.
“The Iowa defense is something else," ISU head coach Gene Chizik said. "Those two defensive tackles they’ve got are very good football players and they make things go. They played great on defense today. We tried to run it some and we tried to throw it some. We were effective at times and we had some opportunities in there to score, but we didn’t get it done. I give them a lot credit as the reason for that.”
The Cyclones outgained the Hawkeyes, 325-244, but Iowa won the running game, 122-73. The Iowa State quarterbacks, who had not thrown an interception in the first two games, combined for three picks against the Hawks. Arnaud earned the bulk of the work, completing a career-high 21 passes on 34 attempts for a career-high 224 yards. Houston Jones grabbed six receptions for a career-high 67 yards. Greene rushed 120 yards and a score for Iowa.
ISU’s Michael Bibbs intercepted Ricky Stanzi’s throw at the ISU 28 late in the third quarter. Grant Mahoney hit on a 45-yard field goal attempt to knot the score 3-3 after a four-play 2-yard drive with 25 seconds left in the third quarter.
After Arnaud was intercepted at the Iowa 1-yard line, the Cyclones started the next drive 1st-and-10 at the Iowa 26-yard line. ISU drove to the Iowa 4-yard line and Mahoney’s 21-yard field goal attempt hit the upright with 2:56 left in the third quarter.
Iowa struck first on the game’s opening drive, moving the ball 70 yards in nine plays to set up Trent Mossbrucker’s 26-yard field goal and Iowa led 3-0.
Iowa State later drove 29 yards in eight plays to the Iowa 21, but Grant Mahoney missed on a 38-yard field goal attempt. The drive followed an interception of Iowa quarterback Ricky Stanzi by the Cyclones’ Fred Garrin after Michael Tate tipped Stanzi’s pass.
Bates threw Iowa State’s first interception of the season early in the second quarter, setting up the Hawkeyes at the ISU 41. The Hawks drove to the ISU 10, but a chop block penalty against Iowa and a sack by Cyclone Christopher Lyle of Stanzi for -7 yards moved the ball back to the ISU 33, where Daniel Murray missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt for the Hawkeyes.
Iowa outgained Iowa State 179-109 in a quiet first half.
Iowa State will remain on the road as the Cyclones travel to UNLV next Saturday to wrap up the non-conference slate. The game will kick of ay 8 p.m. (CST) in Las Vegas and will be televised on the MountainWest Sports Network.