The team that wins the turnover battle is often on
the victorious sideline. Saturday was no different, as
All 23 points the Cyclones scored were after Hawkeye miscues, including LaMarcus Hicks' 28 yard interception to put the Cyclones up 16 – 0 late in the 2nd quarter. Hicks also recovered a fumble.
The Cyclones also benefited on the first score of the game when Brian Ferentz snapped over the head of Drew Tate on a shotgun snap. Jason Berryman battled Tate and Albert Young to recover the fumble at the 12.
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Hicks only had 53 yards on 19 carries for less than 3 yards per carry through 3 quarters. Hicks took over when it counted. He ended the 3rd quarter with a 12 yard run and followed it at the start of the 4th with consecutive runs of 13, 12, 7 and 6- all straight up the gut. Hicks finished with 122 yards at 4.2 per carry.
The strength and conditioning coach at ISU earned
his keep Saturday.
It is a shame he suffered a concussion as he tackled Steve Paris after an overthrow interception. Tate was the Big Ten 1st team quarterback last year and I would have liked to see how he fared playing all 4 quarters.
In the full quarter Tate did play, he was erratic, misfiring on a few wide open receivers. Down by 6 late in the 1st quarter, Tate overthrew a wide open crossing Clinton Solomon that would have been at least a big gain to the Cyclone 30 – if not a touchdown. Tate's stats for the day- 5 -11 for 57 yards with one pick. He was also sacked once.
It wasn't an All-Big 12 Honors day for the
sophomore, but he was efficient. He had a shaky series early when he overshot
both Austin Flynn and Todd Blythe for would be touchdowns. After that he was
solid. Moving the chains when needed, which helped
After 3 carries, Young had totaled 70 yards. After
the early defensive breakdowns, Iowa State stiffened on the ground game as he
netted only another 70 for the remaining 3 and a half quarters.
The best defense is offense
In the middle of the 2nd quarter, while
clinging to the 6 – 0 lead, Iowa State took off 5 minutes off the clock- against
the wind- to set up for a Tony Yelk field goal of 29 yards. They did the same
thing in the 3rd quarter. Starting at their own 22,
Although we all winced when Yelk thumped the left
post on his first extra point, special team play was solid in punting and
kickoffs. One of the big turning points was early in the 3rd after
Kyle Schlicher had just made a 44 yard field goal to get
Troy Blankenship eased our minds by crushing a low
line drive spiral that landed 20 yards over return man Ed Hinkel - a 68 yard
punt into 25 mph winds.
Tony Yelk again shined on kickoffs, either burying
it through the end zone for a touchback or floating it deep where