Everything was set up for the Cyclones to win on Saturday. You had College Gameday on campus with a rocking crowd, drinks flowing and all. Heck, even the legendary Lee Corso put on the Iowa State headgear as the place went nuts. At kickoff, Jack Trice Stadium was packed full and it was time to get down to business.
Iowa started the game off with a long fifteen-play drive that resulted in just a field goal but took seven minutes and twenty-three seconds off the clock. The Cyclones didn’t care because in just five short plays, Iowa State found the end zone thanks to some trickery when wide receiver Deshaunte Jones hit La’Michael Pettway for a 51-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up 7-3. The two offense traded punts and then that’s when mother nature stepped in and took over.
Two weather delays and nearly three hours later, it was finally back to football. I am not sure if the delay had a huge affect or not because after the delay both offenses didn’t do much and Iowa State went into the half leading 7-6. Trust me, it was strange having a halftime after a three-hour break.
After the break, Iowa State once again wasted no time finding the end zone as quarterback Brock Purdy hit wide out Tarique Milton for a 73-yard touchdown strike. After the quick score, both teams traded punts before Iowa was able to knock in another field goal to cut the Cyclone lead to five.
After three and out by the Iowa State offense, the Hawkeyes finally put together a touchdown drive that was capped off by Ivory Kelly-Martin touchdown run to give Iowa a 15-14 lead after a missed two-point conversion. But the drama didn’t stop there as both teams hit field goals with under five minutes to play and the Cyclones found themselves down 18-17 with 2:55 left to play.
Brock Purdy led the offense down the field all the way to the Iowa 39-yard line with a little over two minutes left to play. Then came a fourth and thirteen on the 39-yard line and while the pass was incomplete, there were a couple of flags on the field to possibly extend the Cyclones drive and while there was a pass interference call on the Hawkeyes, the Cyclones were also called for holding which forced a retry on fourth down. However, just like on the previous fourth down try, the pass was overthrown as the Hawkeyes took over with exactly two minutes left to play and the Cyclones had two timeouts left.
Give credit to the Iowa State defense for forcing a three and out with about a minute and a half left to play. It appeared the Cyclones offense was going to get one more crack at it. However, there was a miscommunication on the punt as Datrone Young was trying to make a block but ended up touching the ball as it hit his back and Iowa was able to recover before running out the clock.
Yes, the loss had to sting under these circumstances and yes, Iowa State has now lost five straight in this series. But this team’s goals are still intact because we have yet to get into Big 12 play. Now, I am no fool and I know Iowa State is not where they need to be offensively just yet to compete for a Big 12 title. Fortunately for Matt Campbell his team will get one more non-conference game against Louisiana Monroe before kicking off conference play on the road in Waco to face Baylor later this month.
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