Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cy-Hawk Champs!

Cole Netten hit a 42-yard field goal in the waning moments as Iowa State defeated Iowa, 20-17, Saturday afternoon in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown at Kinnick Stadium. Iowa State improves to 1-2 this season, while Iowa falls to 2-1.

Netten, who also hit a career-long 47-yard field goal earlier, originally missed the game-winning attempt, but Iowa called a timeout to negate the miss. Netten made the most of the kick that counted though and ISU stopped Iowa’s last-ditch efforts on the kick return as the Cyclones won for the second game in a row in Iowa City.

Keys of the Game
The Cyclones forced their first turnover of the season, a third quarter interception by T.J. Mutcherson, that turned the tides of the game. The Cyclones took the good field position and marched down to the goal line for a fourth-and-1. Sam Richardson faked to the running back and looked as though he would attempt to run it in, only to jump pass to E.J. Bibbs, who made a remarkable catch to cut the Hawkeye lead to 14-10 at the end of the third quarter.

The Cyclones took their first lead with 7:33 left in the game when Richardson swung it out to DeVondrick Nealy for a 27-yard pass and run touchdown, capping a 10-play, 92-yard drive. Iowa would respond with a 44-yard field goal by Marshall Koehn, but the Cyclones would take advantage of getting the ball last.

The Cyclones got a big third-down catch by Brett Medders to continue the game-winning drive. The drive was extended again on a defensive holding call on the Hawkeyes, and the Cyclones would move the ball down to the Hawkeye 24 where the Ankeny, Iowa native Netten sealed the Cyclones’ first win of the season.

Offensive Players of Note...
Richardson went 25-for-37 for a game-high 255 yards and two touchdowns, while picking up 29 yards on the ground. Richardson’s 255 yards through the air was a season-high.

Defensive Players of Note...
Defensive end Cory Morrissey set a career-high in tackles for loss (three) and sacks (two), while tying a career high with seven tackles. Along with recording Iowa State’s first takeaway of the season, Mutcherson recorded seven tackles.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Three of ISU’s last four wins against Iowa have included fourth-quarter comebacks.
*This is the first time that the road team has won three consecutive games in the series since 1914-16, and the fourth time overall.
*E.J. Bibbs has caught a pass in 15-straight games.
*Cole Netten’s 47-yard field goal was a career-best.
*Cory Morrissey has been involved in a sack in each of his last four games.
*Morrissey tied his career best with seven total tackles and set new career-highs with six solo tackles and three tackles for loss.
*Qujuan Floyd made his first career start for the Cyclones at free safety and finished with five tackles.

Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series Update
Iowa State leads the series 5-0 following wins by football and soccer (2-1). Volleyball is up next with the Cyclones hosting the Hawkeyes on Sept. 20.

Next Up
Iowa State has next week off before returning to Jack Trice Stadium on Sept. 27 to host Baylor. Start time and television has yet to be announced.

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