IOWA CITY, Iowa - Waukee, Iowa, native Jake Knott sealed Iowa State's 9-6 Iowa
Corn Cy-Hawk win over Iowa Saturday in Kinnick Stadium with an interception
with 1:11 remaining. Knott's
interception came as the Hawkeyes were marching down the field and had moved
the ball to the Cyclones' 24-yard line.
Iowa State (2-0 overall, 0-0 Big 12 Conference) produced a
stout defensive performance holding Iowa without touchdown for the first time
since a 23-3 victory in Ames in 2005. The defensive performance is the Cyclones'
best at Kinnick since Iowa State shutout Iowa 31-0 in 1978.
The Cyclone defense held Iowa to 68 rushing yards, the
lowest total the Hawkeyes have amassed on the ground in the series since 1999
against Iowa State.
The Cyclones moved the ball effectively, but three turnovers
inside the Hawkeye red zone prevented Iowa State from distancing itself from
Iowa State senior quarterback Steele Jantz started the game red
hot, completing his first 10 passes. The
Agoura Hills, Calif., native went on to finish the game 24-of-36 with 241 yards
and one touchdown. Jantz threw a pair of
interceptions and rushed for 40 yards.
The Cyclones took the ball to start the game and drove right
down the field. On third and three from the Iowa five yard line, Jantz
connected on a pass to Aaron Horne over the midfield for the game's first
touchdown. The Cyclones could not
convert on the extra point and had the 6-0 lead 5:05 into the game.
Iowa responded by taking the ball all the way to the Cyclone
five yard line, but the Cyclone defense stalled the Hawkeyes, forcing a field goal. Iowa's Michael Meyers made the 23-yard field
goal to make the score 6-3 with 4:49 left in the first quarter.
A key pass to Horne from Jantz early in the second quarter
for 40 yards set the Cyclones up for a scoring drive. Arceo converted a 23-yard field goal to
extend the Cyclone lead to 9-3 with 11:13 remaining in the first half.
Horne finished the game with a team-high 73 yards receiving
and a touchdown.
The Cyclones return to Jack Trice Stadium for their next
tilt. Iowa State faces Western Illinois
Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be
broadcast exclusively on Cyclones.tv.