When the final play ended, Iowa’s players raced toward the Iowa State sideline to reclaim the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which had resided in Ames since 2011.
Iowa wide receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley was the first Hawkeye to the ISU sideline, but he was distracted by teammate Brandon Scherff. Martin-Manley was directed closer to the end zone, while Iowa’s offensive linemen stormed to the trophy first.
“Brandon Scherff deceived me on that one,” Martin-Manley said. “He pointed in a different direction. He beat me to it. He knew he couldn’t beat me in a foot race. He had to use a different technique.”
Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was just as happy as the players to reclaim the CyHawk Trophy.
“We haven’t seen it in two years, and they don’t give it away,” he said.
“Man that thing’s heavy,” Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock said. “I don’t know why they made it so heavy. It really is a heavy trophy.”
Iowa now is in possession of two traveling trophies, including Floyd of Rosedale. The Hawkeyes and Minnesota Gophers will play for the pig on Sept. 28 in Minneapolis.
But more important for Iowa was just getting the win.
“That game had a lot of implications,” Martin-Manley said. “First of all, it’s a game. Every game is big. But it’s an instate rivalry, it’s a trophy game and it’s big for our confidence.”
BY THE NUMBERS
145 –Yards rushing by Mark Weisman
146 — Yards receiving by ISU WR Quenton Bundrage
38:03 — Iowa’s Time of Possession
11–Third down conversions by Iowa
2 — Traveling trophies in Iowa’s possession
B-plus – OK, coffee for the Hawkeyes. They closed. Barely, but they closed.
- Marc Morehouse
A-minus — Making Mark Weisman a running back last year was fortuitous.
- Mike Hlas
B-plus — Ground and pound. Wash, rinse, repeat.
- Scott Dochterman
C-minus — Looked to be lower, but came on strong with a flourish. (ISU)
- Rob Gray
B-minus — Iowa allowed Iowa State to hang around far too long in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the score indicated.
- Jeremiah Davis
Iowa running back Mark Weisman notched more than 30 carries for the second consecutive game and ran for more than 100 yards for the third straight outing this year.
Weisman, a junior, finished with 145 yards on 35 carries. Last week Weisman rushed for 180 yards on 30 carries against Missouri State. He now has 425 yards in three games this year.
He said he has no problem carrying the ball 35 times.
“As long as we win,” Weisman said. “It doesn’t really matter how many carries I get out there. Just trying to help the team in any way possible.”
Iowa State wide receiver Quenton Bundrage caught six passes for 141 yards and three touchdowns in a breakout performance. Bundrage caught a touchdown on a slant route on fourth-and-4 to bring the Cyclones within 27-21 with 2:25 left in the game. He also hauled in a 26-yard strike with 4:27 left in the game.
Bundrage’s most impressive touchdown was midway through the third quarter. On a third-and-4 at his 33, Bundrage beat Iowa cornerback B.J. Lowery, who was late to the ball and grabbed him by the back of his jersey. Bundrage broke away and raced up the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown.
“That’s something I’ve got to fix,” Lowery said. “I just can’t come up like that and miss tackles like that. I thought I had him, but apparently I didn’t. It was a touchdown.
Lowery bounced back from his disappointment to pull down one of the game’s highlight reel plays. Iowa State recovered an onside kick with 4:27 left in the game. On the first play, Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson threw deep toward receiver Jarvis West. Lowery reached up and grabbed the ball with only his right hand and pulled it down for an interception.
“I really didn’t think that much of it,” Lowery said of catching the ball with one hand.
But West was slightly behind Lowery and if the Iowa senior would have miss, it could have been a big gain.
“I thought that afterwards, but luckily I caught it,” Lowery said.
Iowa right guard Conor Boffeli suffered a leg injury in the first quarter and but returned in the third quarter. Iowa junior Andrew Donnal replaced Boffeli in the lineup.
Iowa cornerbacks Jordan Lomax (hamstring) and Maurice Fleming (undisclosed injury) did not play. True freshman Desmond King replaced Lomax in the starting lineup for the second straight game.
Iowa State center Jamison Lalk suffered a sprained knee in the first half and did not return. He was replaced by Ben Loth. Lalk moved over from guard to replace Tom Farniok, who was injured against Northern Iowa two weeks ago. Iowa State defensive tackle Rodney Coe injured a shoulder early in the first half.
DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Iowa State senior punter Kirby Van Der Kamp continued his awesome streak of punting against the Hawkeyes. He dropped his ninth and 10th punts of his career inside the Iowa 20.
Van Der Kamp, finished with a 42.2 yard-per-punt average on six punts.
Martin-Manley went over 1,000 yards for his career with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rudock with 12:07 left in the second quarter.
“I ran a flat route and it was man to man coverage,” Martin-Manley said. “I had a good route called for me I made a god move and Jake found me.”
Martin-Manley, a junior, has 19 catches this season and 101 in his career. He now has 1,057 receiving yards.
“I’m pretty confident if a play is called and my number is probably going to be called, then I’m pretty confident I can help our team pick it up,” Martin-Manley said.
GROUND AND POUND
Iowa held the ball for 38:03 and rushed 60 times, tying the most under Ferentz. The last time Iowa had 60 rushes in a game was Sept. 4, 2004 against Kent State. Weisman had 35 of those carries.
It’s the first time Iowa had a running back with back-to-back 30-carry games since Albert Young in 2005.
“Mark, I can’t say enough about his effort out there and what he does as a football player for a football team,” Ferentz said.
On Iowa’s final scoring drive, the Hawkeyes blasted through the Cyclones for 73 yards in 15 plays and chewed up 7:05. On 13 of those plays, Iowa had two tight ends and two running backs in the game.
“It’s a lot of fun, just being able to run the ball wherever we want,” Iowa center Austin Blythe said. “We had it going tonight.”
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