Cyclones Lose Heartbreaker to Hawkeyes in Overtime

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Iowa's Ihmir Smith-Marsette caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Nate Stanley to defeat Iowa State, 44-41, in overtime Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium. The Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown was a back-and-forth affair with the Hawkeyes scoring a touchdown in the extra session after ISU was forced to settle for a 30-yard field goal from Garrett Owens on its possession.

Iowa State drops to 1-1 this season, while Iowa improves to 2-0. The Hawkeyes go in front 5-2 in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series with the win.

Keys of the Game
The Cyclones looked like they would hold off a late Hawkeye rally after Jacob Park connected with Hakeem Butler for a 74-yard touchdown with just 4:36 left, but Iowa responded. The Hawkeyes marched down the field and scored on a 46-yard pass from Stanley to Akrum Wadley that tied the game and eventually forced overtime.

The furious finish came after Iowa had rallied from down 31-21 with under 12 minutes remaining. The Cyclones used a Montgomery touchdown to go up 10, but Iowa answered with its third 90-plus yard drive to cut the deficit to three. Park then had his pass picked off by Parker Hesse and returned to the ISU 5-yard line. The defense would hold for the Cyclones, forcing a field goal and tying the game at 31-31.

Unfortunately for the Cyclones they were unable to punch it in during the overtime session, just the second in 65 games in the series, and Smith-Marsette grabbed his second TD of the game.

Iowa grabbed a 14-10 lead at the half thanks to two drives that accounted for 167 of its 207 yards, including the go-ahead score with 52 seconds left in the second quarter on a Matt Vandeberg touchdown reception.

The Cyclones took an early lead as Allen Lazard pulled in a five-yard pass from Jacob Park on their second drive. Iowa quickly responded with its own touchdown and Garrett Owens put ISU back in front with a 24-yard field goal.

Players of Note...
Montgomery had 112 yards on the ground and added career highs of five receptions for 53 yards. Park finished the game 25-for-46 for 347 yards and four touchdowns. It was the third 300-yard passing performance of Park's career and Montgomery's third game rushing for more than 100 yards.

Lazard pulled in six receptions, including two for touchdowns, while Butler had five catches for 128 yards and two scores.

Defensively, Marcel Spears led the Cyclones with career highs of 16 tackles, including 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Spears also forced a fumble that was recovered by the Hawkeyes.

Cyclone Quick Hits
*Saturday's attendance: 61,500
*Lazard caught a pass for the 37th consecutive game...it was his third career two touchdown game.
*Marchie Murdock had career highs of four receptions for 68 yards.
*Colin Downing punted five times for an average of 47.2 yards including a 61-yard punt that pinned Iowa at its own 11-yard line with 3:01 left.
*Iowa held a 37:07-22:53 edge in time of possession.
*Both overtime games in the series have finished with 44-41 final scores, with each team winning once.

Up Next
The Cyclones return to action next Saturday with their first road game of the season at Akron. Kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Net.