Iowa State vs. Troy State: By the Quarters

First Quarter:

Talk about a nice time to block the first kick of the season. After Troy State's opening drive stalled out at its own 43-yard line, Iowa State's JaMaine Billups blocked Thomas Olmstead's punt and Anthony Forrest scooped it up and rambled into the end zone for a touchdown.

Finally gaining possession for the first time, ISU moved near midfield thanks to a pair of third-down conversions. Seneca Wallace hit Jack Whitver for 12 yards on 3rd-and-4. Three plays later, Hiawatha Rutland picked up a fresh set of downs on 3rd-and-1. However, the Cyclone drive stalled when Rutland came up three yards short on a 3rd-and-12 screen pass.

A predominant running team, Troy State put three points on the board thanks to consecutive passing plays that netted 63 yards. Hansell Bearden connected with Heyward Skipper for 15 yards on 2nd-and-8, then threw a jump ball into double coverage that landed in the hands of Jason Samples. Three straight incompletions, though, brought Olmstead in to kick a 34-yard field goal with 2:08 left in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

After spending the first 15 minutes in idle, ISU's offense finally got going early in the second quarter. Wallace hit Lance Young for 20 yards on a key 3rd-and-4 play near midfield. Lane Danielsen carried for six yards on the following play, then Wallace lofted a perfect pass into the arms of Jack Whitver. The connected went for 17 yards down to the two and set up Wallace's two-yard option keeper for a touchdown.

Following the Cyclone score, both offenses went three-and-out and were forced to punt. Troy State launched an impressive 15-play scoring drive, but again had to settle for an Olmstead field goal of 42 yards. The Trojans managed three third-down conversions, but couldn't get pick up a first down on 3rd-and-8 at the ISU 17.

In two-minute mode, Wallace and the Cyclones answered with a 6-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. Wallace completed his first two passes for 19 yards, but then was sacked for a loss of nine to bring up 2nd-and-19. The ISU quarterback got 14 of those yards on a completion to Danielsen over the middle. Then he went back to Danielsen on what was supposed to be an out pattern. But Derrick Ansley missed the tackle and Danielsen charged down the sidelines 54 yards for a touchdown. The score put ISU up 21-6 with 30 seconds left in the half.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

The opening drive of the second half turned out to be the Wallace and Young Show. The duo hooked up twice for 63 total yards, including a scoring play of 20 in the right corner of the end zone. ISU's score came just 1:54 into the third quarter.

With their running game nearly non-existent, the Cyclones stayed with the pass. Wallace completed 3-of-4 passes for 71 yards. Whitver caught a pair of those passes for 67 yards, then gave way to Young who hauled in a four-yard touchdown to give ISU a 35-6 advantage. Wallace brought his passing total to 284 yards on 16-of-21 completions.

The Trojans finally recorded their first touchdown of the game on a 10-play, 84-yard drive. Bearden completed 4-of-5 passes for 47 yards and later capped off the scoring drive with a one-yard keeper, which made it 35-12 with 2:57 left in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

After a TSU three-and-out, the Cyclones scored their second touchdown of the game on special teams when Todd Miller returned a punt 45 yards for a score. The punt return marked the first time in 10 years that an ISU player had taken more than one back for a touchdown in a season. Miller also had a punt return for touchdown against Tennessee Tech.

Advantage: Iowa State.


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