Hawkeye State of Euphoria: 27-17 Iowa Wins

The Iowa Hawkeyes beat Iowa State 27-17 on Saturday, bringing the Cy-Hawk trophy back down Interstate-80 and giving Iowa three wins in the last four meetings against Iowa State. Derw Tate, who has had roughly five days of practice reps since August 18th, turned in one of his career best performances.

Today's victory gives Iowa a 5-2 advantage in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk Series after three events. Iowa also regains possession of the Cy-Hawk Trophy. The Hawkeyes own a 20-10 edge since 1977 when the traveling trophy was first awarded. Iowa has won three of the last four games against Iowa State and improves to 36-18 all-time against the Cyclones. The Hawkeyes also improve to 21-12 in games played in Iowa City.

Today's win is Head Coach Kirk Ferentz's 52nd triumph as Iowa's head coach. Ferentz matches Forest Evashevski for the second-most wins by a Hawkeye head coach.

Iowa State led 7-3 after the first quarter and 14-10 at the half. Iowa halted a trend in which the team leading after the first quarter and halftime had won 14 of the last 16 games and 15 of the last 16 contests, respectively, prior to today.

Dominique Douglas started his first career game at wide receiver. Douglas becomes the first Iowa true freshman to start since Mike Jones started on the offensive line in 2003 at Ohio State. Furthermore, Douglas becomes the first Hawkeye freshman to start at a skill position since Champ Davis started at fullback vs. Miami (OH) in 2003.

Senior and former walk-on DB Devan Moylan started his first career game today, replacing the injured DB Marcus Paschal. He recorded one solo tackle and seven assists.

Iowa State won the toss and elected to receive. Iowa has started on offense in 74 of its last 82 games. The Hawkeyes have started the game on offense in 76-of-88 games under Kirk Ferentz. In addition to today's game, Iowa games vs. Minnesota (11/19/05), vs. Michigan (10/22/05), at Purdue (10/8/05), at Minnesota (11/13/04), vs. Purdue (11/6/04), at Miami, OH (9/7/02) and at Michigan State (9/27/03) are the only contests that the Hawkeyes didn't start on offense. Iowa won six of those eight contests.

Iowa State scored a touchdown on its first possession after a 62-yard kickoff return to open the contest. The Cyclones are the second-straight Hawkeye opponent to score a touchdown on its opening drive (Syracuse). Iowa failed to score on its first possession today and has not scored on its opening drive in its first three contests.

PK Kyle Schlicher made his 41st career field goal on a 38-yarder in the first quarter. The field goal was his 200th career point. He is 31-33 in career field goal attempts under 39 yards. Schlicher also converted a 44-yarder late in the fourth quarter, the 42nd of his career and his longest of the season.

Three Hawkeyes caught their first touchdown pass vs. Iowa State. WR Andy Brodell caught an 11-yard pass from QB Drew Tate in the second quarter. TE Tony Moeaki caught a 19-yard pass from Tate in the third quarter to tie the game at 17-17. FB Tom Busch caught a two-yard pass from Tate in the fourth period to give the Hawkeyes a 24-17 advantage. Busch's touchdown was his second career score, as he had a rushing touchdown his freshman season.

TE Scott Chandler, a candidate for the John Mackey Award, caught five passes for 52 yards today. His totals today have moved him over the 1,000 yards receiving mark in his career. Chandler has 86 career receptions for 1,037 yards, including the key reception in Iowa's touchdown drive near the end of the second period.

QB Drew Tate completed touchdown passes of 1, 11 and 19 yards vs. Iowa State. He has tossed two touchdowns or more in 16 of his last 19 games played and three or more scores in six career contests. Tate completed 26-38 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. He distributed the ball to nine different receivers today. He also rushed the ball five times for 31 yards. Tate threw his first interception of the season in the fourth quarter. Iowa quarterbacks have thrown five interceptions (4 at Syracuse) the last two games, but its opponents did not convert the turnovers into any points.

Dominique Douglas caught six passes for 88 yards to lead Hawkeye receivers. He also rushed once for four yards.

Andy Brodell returned three punts for 61 yards, including an Iowa season-long 31-yarder in the third period.

RB Albert Young rushed 18 times for 57 yards. The junior has amassed 1,649 career yards on 331 attempts. He ranks 15th on Iowa's career rushing chart, moving past David Hudson. He also caught five passes for 28 yards to give him 12 receptions in three games.

DB Charles Godfrey tied a career high with eight tackles (all solo), while DB Devon Moylan also established a career high with eight stops (1 solo).

Trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, Iowa scored 17 unanswered points to earn the 27-17 victory.

P Andy Fenstermaker pinned Iowa State deep in its end of the field on his punts, with three of his four punts downed inside the ISU 20.

Iowa has won 37 of its last 46 regular season games. Additionally, the Hawkeyes have won 25 of their last 26 home games.

Iowa has collected just one turnover in three games, turning an interception against Montana into a field goal in game one.

Instant replay was used once today, a coaches challenge by Iowa State. The challenge by the Cyclones was the first by a Hawkeye opponent this season. The spotting of the ball on a crucial fourth down play in the fourth quarter was upheld. Replay was used once in Iowa's opener vs. Montana and three times at Syracuse in game two.

Iowa opens Big Ten Conference action when it travels to Illinois (11:10 a.m., ESPN+) next Saturday.

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