TOLEDO, Ohio – Iowa State fell in a double-overtime heartbreaker at Toledo on Saturday, 30-23. The Cyclones failed to score in the second overtime session following a 10-yard touchdown scamper from Rocket running back Damion Jones-Moore.
The Cyclones had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, when Cole Netten’s 30-yard field goal missed wide left as time expired.
Toledo got on the board first less than four minutes into the first quarter as Jameson Vest knocked in a 30-yard field goal to put the Rockets up 3-0. The Cyclones responded on the ensuing drive with a 35-yarder from Netten, tying the game at 3-3 with 6:34 left in the opening stanza.
Quarterback Phillip Ely then capped a 90-yard Rocket drive with a three-yard pass to Alonzo Russell to put Toledo back on top, 10-3. Following a blocked Cyclone punt, which Toledo recovered at the ISU two-yard line, the Cyclone defense built a wall at the goal line. Iowa State stuffed star running back Kareem Hunt on three consecutive attempts to force a short field goal from Vest, as the Rockets went up 13-3.
The Iowa State offense rebounded following the defense’s stand with a much-needed scoring drive. Sam B. Richardson found high school teammate D’Vario Montgomery across the middle for a 59-yard touchdown pass on a crucial 3rd and 12 play with 3:50 remaining in the half. The two teams would then trade turnovers to close out the second quarter, including the first interception of ISU redshirt freshman Brian Peavy’s career.
Toledo got on the board first in the third quarter, as it drove down the field on the opening drive of the second half. It appeared the Cyclone defense was putting together another goal line stand, before ISU defensive end forced a fumble from Ely. The ball took a Toledo bounce into the end zone and into the arms of Rocket tight end Alex Zmolik with 11:32 to play in the quarter. The play marked the second game in a row that an ISU opponent has scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery.
Iowa State answered back, putting together an 89-yard drive lasting nearly nine minutes, which culminated in a Trever Ryen touchdown run from one yard out to pull the Cyclones to within 20-17. The drive was highlighted by the first completion and reception of back-up quarterback Joel Lanning’s career – both coming on the same play. On a huge 3rd and 8 from the Toledo 41 yard line, Lanning took the snap, threw a screen pass to Richardson, who then found Lanning on a wheel route for first down yardage to the Toledo 32.
Following a three-and-out forced by the defense, an Iowa State drive stalled at the Toledo 30 yard line, where Cole Netten knotted the score at 20-20, tying a career-long with the 47-yard field goal. Netten would have another opportunity, but would miss the potential game-winning field goal, sending the game to overtime, where Jones-Moore was the hero for the Rockets.
Keys of the Game…
In the second overtime session, Hunt, Toledo’s leading rusher, was forced out of the game with an apparent leg injury. Jones-Moore was able to fill in admirably for Hunt, as the junior first converted on a key third down with a nine-yard scamper. Jones-Moore took his next carry to the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown run that would prove to be the game-winner.
Players of Note…
Mike Warren got the Cyclone running game going, as the freshman ran for 127 yards on 21 carries. It was the first 100-yard rushing game by a Cyclone since Aaron Wimberly accomplished the feat against Texas Tech in 2014.
Defensively, Brian Peavy intercepted the first pass of his Iowa State career, ending a threating Toledo drive late in the first half. Peavy recorded six tackles in the game, tying a team high. The redshirt freshman also had a game-high three pass break-ups in the contest.
Iowa State heads into a bye week, before hosting Kansas at Jack Trice Stadium on Oct. 3.