Defense Strong In 37-3 Win Over Western Illinois
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State's defense held an opponent without a touchdown for the second consecutive game in a 37-3 win over Western Illinois Saturday night in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12) scored two quick touchdowns and the defense took care of business from there, holding the Leathernecks to 178 yards of total offense.
A crowd of 55,783, the fourth-largest in Jack Trice Stadium history, watched ISU hold an opponent to under 200 yards of offense for the first time since 2004 (UNI- 99 yards). It also marks the first time the Cyclones have held back-to-back opponents without a touchdown since the final game of 1964 (Arizona, 0-0) and the season-opener in 1965 (Drake, 21-0).
Iowa State had the luxury of playing many reserves in the victory, as nine players carried the ball for 264 rushing yards. James White led the ground attack with 72 yards and DeVondrick Nealy had 70 yards in his debut as a Cyclone.
Iowa State took an early 14-0 lead, scoring twice in the first six minutes. On ISU's first possession, White rambled up the middle for 56 yards to put the Cyclones on the board. It was White's second-longest run of his career. Chris Young caught a 16-yard toss from Steele Jantz on the Cyclones' next series to make it 14-0.
Both teams traded punts throughout the majority of the second quarter. Young caught his second TD pass in the closing moments of the first half, this time on a five-yard throw from Jantz. Young accounted for all 55 yards of ISU's offense on its final scoring drive of the opening half, as ISU led 21-0 at the break.
The Cyclones tacked on another touchdown on their first drive of the second half to make it 28-0. Jantz hit Aaron Horne on a 22-yard hurl, his second TD grab of the season.
Jantz finished the game with 209 yards on 19-of-26 passing. He also gained 33 yards on the ground. Young totaled 86 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns to lead the receiving corps.
The Cyclones finished the game with 504 yards of offense.
Iowa State, now 3-0 for the second-straight season, has a bye next week and will remain at home for its next game vs. Texas Tech on Sept. 29.