Iowa State vs. Missouri: By the Quarters

A four-quarter breakdown of Iowa State's 42-35 victory over Missouri.

First Quarter:

After forcing Missouri to punt on its opening drive of the game, Iowa State's offense wasted no time moving upfield. Seneca Wallace quickly completed three passes for 52 combined yards. Mike Wagner carried once for a yard, before the Cyclone quarterback found Lance Young for 35 down to the two-yard line.

But that's when ISU's red-zone struggles of past weeks returned. Wagner carried for no gain on first-and-goal, then Wallace had a touchdown pass to Kyle Knock wiped out by a holding penalty. Three plays later, the Cyclones settled for a 27-yard field goal by Adam Benike.

Mizzou's ensuing drive opened with an 11-yard run by Zach Abron, but ended soon after when Brad Smith's lob pass was tipped into the hands of ISU cornerback Harold Clewis. ISU took over at the Tiger 47-yard line and two plays later got a 34-yard touchdown pass from Wallace to Lance Young. Wagner iced the play with a bone-crushing block downfield and the Cyclones led 10-0 with just under seven minutes left in the quarter.

The Tigers answered with a little dose of Smith. The quarterback carried four times for 52 yards and completed all three of his pass attempts. With a 2nd-and-5 play on the six-yard line, Smith pitched to Justin Gage, who hit tight end J.D. McCoy in the end zone. Gage's scoring pass cut the deficit to 10-7 with 1:47 left to play in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

The big plays continued for Wallace, as he opened the Cyclones' next drive with a 40-yard strike to Lane Danielsen. ISU's receiver beat single-coverage and would have scored a touchdown, but fell after making the catch. Wallace then connected with Young on consecutive plays for 32 yards combined to help set up a one-yard touchdown quarterback plunge for a score 47 seconds into the quarter.

Thanks to a 41-yard return by Shirdonya Mitchell, Mizzou took over near midfield and needed just five plays to cut it to 17-14. A 41-yard Smith-to-Ben Frederickson hookup on 4th-and-1 keyed the scoring drive.

Yet another pass of 30-plus yards highlighted ISU's fourth scoring drive of the first half. On 3rd-and-7, Wallace connected with Danielsen for 31 yards down to the Mizzou 34. Brian Thompson took over from there, carrying on four of the next five plays for 22 yards, including a goal-line scamper into the end zone. With Adam Benike's extra point, ISU grabbed a 24-14 advantage with 9:41 still to play in the half.

A high-flying first half then saw three consecutive three-and-outs before the Cyclones struck again with 6:13 remaining. After a long punt return by Todd Miller set the offense up at Mizzou's 22-yard line, ISU settled for a 44-yard field goal by Benike to make it 27-14.

Mizzou took advantage of good field position to make it 27-21 shortly before halftime. Taking over at ISU's 48-yard line, the Tigers actually picked up a good share of their yards on the ground. Abron carried four times for 17 yards, including a touchdown plunge with 24 seconds remaining. Smith completed four of his five passes for 26 yards.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

Both offenses struggled to match their first-half production until Mizzou got first blood on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Darius Outlaw with 7:59 remaining in the quarter. The strike came just one play after Tony Yelk's punt was blocked near midfield and gave the Tigers a 28-27 lead.

With their backs pinned against the wall taking over at the 17-yard line, the Cyclones drove the field on the strength of Wagner's running. The tailback carried six times for 58 yards, mostly on draw plays up the middle. Wagner's 10-yard touchdown run with 3:35 left, along with Wallace's two-point conversion gave ISU a 35-28 lead.

A fumbled snap by Mizzou quarterback Brad Smith, which went for a 23-yard loss, forced a 4th-and-27 punt from the end zone. The Cyclones took over at the Tiger 32-yard line and had an opportunity to take a two-possession lead, but Benike missed a 42-yard field goal attempt with six seconds remaining in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

Mizzou and ISU each stalled out in their own territory to open the fourth quarter, but the Tigers managed to even the score on Marcus James' 80-yard punt return for touchdown with 10:26 left to play. James ran to the right sideline and got some good blocking, then shot left across the field for a score.

After a Tony Yelk punt in the end zone, Mizzou took over at the 20-yard line with a shot to win the game and six minutes to work with. Smith dug his team out of a huge hole on 3rd-and-16 at the 10 by completing a pass to Outlaw that moved the chains. However, three plays later his 3rd-and-12 pass to Outlaw came up four yards short and forced a punt.

ISU took over at its own seven-yard line with 3:23 remaining. Wallace rushed for seven yards on first down, then hit Jamaul Montgomery for five yards and a first down. Two plays later, Wallace hit Lane Danielsen for 18 yards up to the Mizzou 48. A five-yard pass to Kyle Knock on the following play put the Cyclones in Mizzou territory.

After a screen pass netted Wagner one yard, Wallace took it 33 more on a quarterback draw. ISU set up shop with a fresh set of downs at the 13-yard line. On 2nd-and-12, Wallace added an 11-yard draw down to the four. After three consecutive rushes by Wagner at the goal-line, the Cyclones got in for a game-winning touchdown.

Advantage: Iowa State.

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