Five plays that changed the game
The onside oops
Iowa State tried an ill-fated onside kick after taking the lead with a 46-yard first-quarter field goal, but it didn’t succeed. Iowa linebacker Bruce Davis recovered at midfield, and an offsides penalty exacerbated the damage. Iowa moved from the ISU 41 to the 12 when Trey Stross caught a 17-yard Ricky Stanzi pass, then Adam Robinson broke outside on a run to the 1. Stanzi put Iowa in front with a first-and-goal swing pass to an all-alone Brett Morse, the first of four Hawks to score their first career TD.
The costly facemask
ISU’s Christopher Lyle forced Stanzi out of the pocket on a second-and-20 pass play from the Iowa 10, and Stanzi’s ill-advised attempt to throw the ball away appeared to have put ISU in a certain scoring situation. Cornerback Leonard Johnson picked the football off along the right sideline and took it back to the 7. But it was all for naught. Lyle got his hands on Stanzi’s facemask, and the potentially critical play was negated.
Sash pick two
Tyler Sash’s second interception of the game set up Iowa’s second touchdown late in the second quarter. He picked the ball off near midfield after it was tipped by fellow safety Brett Greenwood and returned it 31 yards to the ISU 24, hurdling ISU quarterback Austen Arnaud in the process. Stanzi made it count by hitting Derrell Johnson-Koulianos for an 18-yard touchdown three plays later. DJK appeared to get away with a push on ISU’s Kennard Banks before the score. Iowa took a 14-3 lead into intermission.
A first half marred by five interceptions at least had been fumble-free. That changed on the first possession after intermission. On a third-and-2 run from the ISU 39, Cyclones running back Alexander Robinson lost the football while being tackled by Hawkeyes linebacker A.J. Edds. Jeremiha Hunter, hero of the previous week’s Iowa win, fell on the ball at the 48 to set up Iowa’s third touchdown drive.
Greenwood pick two
Not to be outdone by strong safety Tyler Sash, free safety Brett Greenwood — the senior from Bettendorf — grabbed his second interception midway through the third quarter and returned it 17 yards to give Iowa possession at midfield. After a 39-yard Stanzi-to-Trey Stross hookup, freshman tailback Brandon Wegher finished the deal, flying home from the 1 to start the fans trickling from the stadium with 20 minutes of action yet to play.