Game Recap: NDSU 34, Iowa State 14

Iowa State's quick start went by the wayside and North Dakota State piled on during the remainder of the season-opener to send the Cyclones to an opening loss

Final: NDSU 34, Iowa State 14

How it happened: Iowa State jumped out to an early lead with an 10-play opening drive capped by Aaron Wimberly's 16-yard scamper into the end zone. A 48-yard reception early in the second quarter by Allen Lazard set up Wimberly's second touchdown — a 3-yard run — to put the Cyclones up 14-0

Just 17 seconds later, however, on the first play of the ensuing drive, NDSU running back John Crockett went untouched through the hole for an 80-yard touchdown run. The Bison scored 34 unanswered points from there and the ISU offense slowed.

Worth mentioning

  • The Cyclones lost receiver Quenton Bundrage and center Tom Farniok early to undisclosed injuries and neither returned. True freshman Allen Lazard jumped into the ‘X’ receiver slot while left guard Jamison Lalk shifted to center in Farniok’s place with Oni Omoile entering at guard.
  • Receivers Tad Ecby and D’Vario Montgomery were in street clothes for the season-opener, likely for housekeeping purposes. The two entered the week Nos. 3 and 4 at the ‘Z’ receiver slot.
  • After going 0-for-12 in scoring on opening drives last season, Iowa State jumped to an early lead when it opened the game with an 11-play drive that was capped with a 16-yard touchdown run from Aaron Wimberly.
  • Kamari Cotton-Moya’s debut as Iowa State’s free safety lasted only three plays when he was called for targeting and ejected on North Dakota State’s opening drive. Cotton-Moya was replaced by redshirt freshman Kamari Syrie.
  • Lazard made his presence known in his debut. After replacing Bundrage he drew a pass interference call when targeted for the first time. The next went for 48 yards and led to the Cyclones’ second score.

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