In this rivalry’s first OT game, the two teams made sure it was a good one. At least it was for Iowa State.
On Saturday, Iowa lost 44-41 to Iowa State in an epic three-OT game. It was Iowa State’s 4-yard TD run by James White that finally put the nail in the coffin for the visiting Hawkeyes.
It was an ugly game.
Iowa started off slowly but got on the board first with a touchdown by redshirt wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley in the first quarter and took a 10-0 lead at the top of the second quarter. Iowa State quickly came back and the two teams entered halftime at 10-10.
Throughout the game, Iowa’s defense looked asleep at the wheel. There were missed tackles, a failure to pressure the quarterback and slow running on the field. This would hurt the Hawkeyes the entire game and make Iowa State’s quarterback Steele Jantz look like Tom Brady for the day.
He completed 25 of 37 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns.
Iowa came back to the second half without a rousing halftime speech but grabbed two field goals in the third quarter to a take a 16-10 lead. Kicker Mike Meyer had a great game going 4 for 4 with a career-long 50-yarder in the third quarter.
Tentative running back Marcus Coker redeemed himself after lackluster player with a touchdown in the fourth quarter enabling Iowa to take a 24-17 lead. But not so fast. The Cyclones came right back and the game ended 24-24 in regulation time.
And then the marathon OT began.
Iowa took the lead with another Coker touchdown in the first OT but once Iowa State had their turn, they scored their own touchdown.
The Cyclones quickly grabbed a touchdown to kick off the second OT but again Iowa wasn’t giving up and Davis scored another touchdown.
Momentum turned when Iowa was only able to score a field goal in the final OT and Iowa State ran into the end zone from the right side and got the necessary touchdown for the win.
For the day, Iowa’s quarterback James Vandenberg was 16 for 28, 207 yards and two touchdowns. He is well protected by his O-line and he is confident but sometimes his strong arm can be a detriment.
Coker still doesn’t look like he’s in last season’s form but on Saturday, he had 35 carries for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
Keenan Davis was the star on the receiving side with five receptions for 95 yards and one touchdown. McNutt was four for 61 yards and in one late play of the game, put on his quarterback hat but was unsuccessful wearing it.
Again, the glaring problem of the game was Iowa’s defense; however, one bright spot was sophomore linebacker Christian Kirksey. He had 13 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
This pretty much sums up the day by Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz:
“We’ve got a lot of work to do this week and in coming weeks,” Ferentz said.
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Written by Debbie Baratz