Near Disaster Avoided in Ames

Once again in this 2006 football season, fans left Jack Trice Stadium without any fingernails on Saturday night, as the Cyclones squeaked past the pesky, 1AA UNI Panthers by a score of 28-27 on Saturday night. Find out all of the details with quotes from Dan McCarney, Jon Davis and Ryan Baum right here in CN's coverage of Saturday night's win in Ames.

Iowa State fans are once again driving home with no fingernails after a night game at Jack Trice Stadium. The Iowa State Cyclones escaped a possible season threatening loss at home tonight as they came back from a 14 point halftime deficit to beat the division 1AA Northern Iowa Panthers by a score of 28-27.


The Cyclones seem to love drama in 2006, as once again the game came down to the last minute, when Bret Meyer threw a 16 yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Jon Davis, who had 117 receiving yards and a touchdown during the game.


With 55 seconds to go, the Panthers then drove down to the Iowa State 34 yard-line, where kicker Brian Wingert missed a 51 yard field goal to win the game for the Cyclones.


One thing that is for sure is that the Cyclones dug themselves in a big hole going into half when they trailed the Panthers 21-14.


"We challenged our kids at halftime. They out coached us and outplayed us in the first half," Dan McCarney told the media after the game. "I thought they played with more energy. I thought that they were more physical than we were in the first half. We challenged our kids and were fortunate enough to win the game."


Iowa State wouldn't have had a chance to win the game at the end without the play of senior punt return specialist Ryan Baum. With 13:10 left in the 4th quarter, Baum returned a UNI punt 65 yards to tie the score at 21 for the Cyclones.


Baum spoke to the media after the game and said he was concerned with the lack of emotion that his team showed in the first half.


"I don't know if we took them lightly, we definitely didn't take them lightly through the week. For some reason we were lacking emotion. I think I'm going to take blame on that and have the seniors take blame on that. We didn't get everybody up for the game like we should have. We knew that we had a big crowd; we knew it was a big game and we knew how good they were," Baum said.


Baum wasn't the only Cyclone concerned with the energy in the first half. Jon Davis agreed.


"We had a nice early drive to get up 7-0, but at the same time it just didn't feel the same. I didn't feel like we played down to our opponent," said Davis after the game.


In the end, the Cyclones are 3-2 heading into arguably; the biggest three game s of the season beginning next weekend in yes, another night game, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.


McCarney Presser Notes


Baum and Flynn...


Iowa State's biggest play of the game was the 65-yard punt return by Ryan Baum with 13:10 to go in the 4th quarter. One of the most crushing was Baum's punt return fumble with 10:54 in the game. Baum's senior partner, Austin Flynn also fumbled on the one-yard line late in the 4th quarter, but according to McCarney, he wouldn't trade those two for the world.


"We don't have two better kids that we put out on the field who care about their team and their teammates like Ryan Baum and Austin Flynn. They give so much for us 365 days of the year. I wouldn't trade them for any two senior players in the country. I love them both," McCarney said.


The Kicking Game


With 55 seconds on the clock and a one point lead, Iowa State's Josh Griebahn kicked the ball out of bounds giving UNI great field position on their own 35-yard line. According to McCarney, that should never happen.


"That kick out of bounds should never happen. We were fortunate enough to get a stop when we needed to," McCarney said. "That's another critical mistake that we just can't make."


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