Iowa Defeats Iowa State 18-17 in Thrilling Cy-Hawk Showdown


Iowa defeated Iowa State 18-17 in Ames on Sept. 14, 2019.

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AMES, Iowa -- Iowa came out on top 18-17 against rivals Iowa State in a thrilling Cy-Hawk showdown in Ames.

The big story wasn't just the game but also the weather. Players and fans had to overcome two weather delays during the first half.  Lightning forced players and fans to evacuate the stands. The delays totaled close to three hours.

However, the weather didn't weaken the intensity on the field. Iowa and Iowa State both got strong performances from their quarterbacks. Iowa's Nate Stanley ran for a touchdown, threw for 201 yards and completed 22 of 35 passes. Iowa State's Brock Purdy completed 24 of 34 passes, racking up 276 yards and a touchdown.

Iowa State totaled 418 yards in the game, compared to Iowa's 313.

The score remained close throughout the game. Iowa State led at the end of each of the first three quarters, but the fourth quarter saw multiple lead changes. Iowa State's two turnovers ultimately hurt them. Iowa State fumbled a punt return with less than two minutes left in the game to turn the ball over to Iowa and seal the game.

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Iowa received the ball first at kickoff and drove the field with a 15-play drive. Iowa State's defense was able to hold the Hawkeyes to a field goal.

Due to lightning, the game was delayed with 7:18 remaining in the first quarter. Play resumed after 49 minutes.

Shortly after the break, Iowa State took the lead 7-3 with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Deshaunte Jones to La'Michael Pettway.

With 13:24 left in the first half, the game was delayed again due to weather. The game resumed after a two-hour delay.

A Brock Purdy fumble gave the Hawkeyes the ball with 5:00 remaining in the first half. Mekhi Sargent's 22-yard run took the Hawkeyes down the field. But the Cyclone defense held the Hawkeyes to a field goal. Keith Duncan's 40-yard field goal as the first half ended made the score 7-6.

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Just two plays into the third quarter, Purdy connected with Tarique Milton for a 73-yard touchdown to take a 14-6 lead with 14:03 left.

Iowa responded with another long drive to get into scoring position. Duncan converted a 42-yard field goal to make it 14-9 near the end of the third quarter.

Iowa State led 14-9 heading into the fourth quarter. But the final quarter would be a back-and-forth affair.

Iowa regained a 15-14 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Nate Stanley. The Hawkeyes attempted a two-point conversion, but Stanley's pass went incomplete.

The next possession, Purdy completed a series of passes to lead Iowa State down the field into the red zone. Iowa’s defense contained Iowa State, forcing the Cyclones to settle for a field goal. The Cyclones took the lead 17-15 with 7:46 left in the game.

Iowa countered with a 39-yard field goal the next possession to make it 18-17 with 4:51 to go.

Iowa recovered a fumble punting to Iowa State with less than 1:30 left in the game to hold on for the 18-17 victory.

This is Iowa's fifth-straight win against Iowa State and four in a row in Ames.

Iowa State (1-1) plays in Ames next Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. Iowa (3-0) plays next on Sept. 28 in Iowa City against Middle Tennessee State.

Go here to find RVTV coverage from this past week leading up to the Cy-Hawk game.


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