Up until the clock hit double zeros, Iowa State hadn't won at Kinnick Stadium since 2002.
9-6 the final in Iowa City with the Cyclones coming away victorious over the Hawkeyes for the second year in a row. It lacked all the drama of last season's triple overtime thriller and is the lowest scoring game in the Cy-Hawk series since 1988.
Senior quarterback Steele Jantz completed his first 10 passes of the game as Iowa State took a 9-3 lead into the half, but three costly turnovers in the red zone prevented the Cyclones from opening things up, including a fumble and interception by Jantz in the endzone.
Until we go back and analyze what he was thinking the decisions he was making, I'm not going to be too critical of Steele Jantz," Head Coach Paul Rhoads said. "I think there was a period there in the first half where he was playing really, really good football. I'm not walking away from this game disappointed in Steele Jantz."
"You know, I felt like we kept our composure. Even after we made those mistakes, we kept coming back. Then we made the mistake again and, a lot of that credit goes to Iowa," Jantz added. "They were very prepared for what we were trying to do and they made it hard for us. A lot of credit goes to their defense for those turnovers."
Iowa's Mike Meyer connected on two field goals as the Hawkeye offense struggled to find its rhythm, rushing for just 68 yards. In total, Iowa amassed 304 yards of offense and has found the end zone just once in its first two games.
"Well, I think anytime you don't put up more than six points on the board, you feel that way. The defense and special teams did a great job today, and we weren't able to capitalize on a lot of good situations," said Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg said.
The Hawkeyes will try to rebound when they take on Northern Iowa next weekend, while Iowa State looks to move to 3-0 on the year against Western Illinois.
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