Iowa State vs. Ohio: By the Quarters

Here is a quarter-by-quarter breakdown of Iowa State's 48-20 victory over Ohio in the second game of the 2003 regular season.

First Quarter:

After holding the Bobcats three-and-out in the game's opening possession, Iowa State's offense got a 32-yard punt return by Todd Miller to set up its first scoring drive. Austin Flynn ran right for 19 yards on a quarterback run play, but the Cyclones would settle for a 25-yard field goal from Adam Benike with 11:26 left in the quarter.

Ohio answered in a big way when quarterback Fred Ray dashed 68 yards on an option keeper to give his team a 7-3 edge at the 9:35 mark. The play capped a four-play series that went 80 yards.

ISU used another big special teams return to set up a short field midway through the quarter, as Lance Young took a kickoff back to his own 44-yard line. Michael Wagner carried the load, rushing three times for 27 yards, including a touchdown scamper of three yards with 6:30 left in the quarter.

After fumbling three times in the second quarter last week against Southeast Missouri State, Ohio lost its first of the game on the next possession when Freddie Ray mishandled a snap and Cyclone Nick Leaders recovered at the Bobcat 28-yard line. Four plays later, Flynn hit Jamaul Montgomery for a six-yard touchdown pass. The play gave ISU a 17-7 lead at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter.

Just as it did two years ago in Athens, Ohio caught ISU sleeping in the secondary as Ray connected with Scott Mayle for 80 yards and a touchdown. The Cyclones were whistled for pass interference, but it didn't matter as Mayle ran into the end zone unscathed.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

After setting a rapid pace in the opening 15 minutes, both defenses finally settled in as both Ohio and ISU each saw consecutive drives end in punts. However, the Cyclones managed to maintain a decisive edge in field position. Tony Yelk and Lane Danielsen played a key role in that, as the punter placed a ball perfectly at the one-yard line and the receiver downed it.

The ensuing Bobcat drive went nowhere and they were forced to punt. With another short field, the Cyclones put together their most impressive scoring drive of the game. Wagner rushed three times for 20 yards, including the score from the four-yard line. Meanwhile, Flynn connected on passes for Lane Danielsen and Jack Whitver to account for 24 yards.

After another Ohio three-and-out, the Cyclones set up shop at their own 41-yard line. Then fans were treated to a bit of history when Danielsen became ISU's all-time career leader in receiving yards. The Dike, Iowa, native set the mark by catching a 59-yard touchdown pass from Flynn, giving his team a 31-14 lead with 4:53 remaining in the half.

The Bobcats' second lost fumble of the half gave the Cyclones another golden opportunity heading into the locker room. And as time expired, Tony Yelk made it 34-14 with a 41-yard field goal.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

After a Cyclone punt to open the second half, Ohio's big-play passing game struck again. Fred Ray caught the ISU secondary sleeping once again, and hit Anthony Hackett over the top for a 71-yard completion. The hookup ranked as the seventh longest in school history, behind the 80-yard completion in the first half that ranked fifth.

This time, the Cyclones were without any answer. In fact, the whole offense slumped throughout the quarter, gaining just 36 total yards before Flynn hooked up with Whitver for 24 yards with just over a minute remaining. Up to that point, they managed just two first downs during the session.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

The Flynn-to-Whitver connection proved to be the spark for ISU's offense, but it was a steady running game that ultimately gave the Cyclones another score. After Wagner hauled in a pass to convert on a 3rd-and-6, the Cyclones picked up first downs on three consecutive plays, with Wagner carrying on two of those for 30 yards. Rutland came off the bench for a seven-yard touchdown, making it 41-20 with 13:58 left to play.

Ohio's offense sputtered and was forced to punt following a gift personal foul penalty on Ellis Hobbs that gave the Bobcats a rare fresh set of downs. ISU took over at the 22-yard line and gave its opponent a healthy dose of Rutland, who rushed four consecutive times for 18 yards. Then, Flynn found a wide-open Whitver down the right side for 51 yards. Three plays later, Rutland sprinted left for a three-yard touchown, putting the Cyclones on top 48-20 with 4:12 to play.

Advantage: Iowa State.

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