No. 16 Iowa Surges Past Iowa State, 27-17
Sept. 16, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -Drew Tate wasn't about to let the Cyclones break Iowa's heart again.
Tate threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and No. 16 Iowa rallied from a 14-3 deficit to beat in-state rival Iowa State 27-17 Saturday.
The Cyclones (2-1) had taken six of the last eight from Iowa - including a 23-3 thumping last season - and looked poised to make it seven of nine. But Tate, who missed last week's game with an abdominal strain, led Iowa (3-0) back by throwing a pair of touchdown passes in the second half.
Tate threw for 93 yards on consecutive scoring drives that put Iowa ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter. He found Tony Moeaki for a 19-yard touchdown with 3:32 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 17, then hit Tom Busch for a 2-yard scoring strike that proved to be the game-winning score.
Iowa's defense did the rest. The Hawkeyes kept Iowa State from crossing the 50 on its final four drives, and bailed Tate out after he committed the game's only turnover.
Tate threw an interception at the Iowa State 17 with less than six minutes left. But Iowa's defense held the Cyclones on four downs, as Bret Meyer's desperation dive for the first-down marker fell half a yard short.
Kyle Schlicher iced the win with a 44-yard field goal with 42 seconds left.
Iowa's Scott Chandler made a spectacular 27-yard catch late in the second quarter that helped swing the momentum back in the Hawkeyes' favor. Chandler, who had killed Iowa's previous drive with two straight penalties, juggled a pass from Tate, batted the ball over Jon Banks' head and pulled it down at the Iowa State 11.
Tate found Andy Brodell for a touchdown pass on the next play, pulling Iowa within 14-10 by halftime. Bret Culberson pushed Iowa State's lead back to seven with a 33-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
The Cyclones led by as much as 14-3 after a 13-play, 87-yard drive that was capped by a 9-yard TD run from Meyer. Iowa State ran the ball 10 times for 58 yards during the drive, and converted the only third down it faced.
The Cyclones ran for 171 yards - 131 more than Iowa had allowed per game this season.
Iowa State's DeAndre Jackson took the opening kickoff 62 yards and the Cyclones capitalized with a touchdown just 3:41 into the game. Meyer found Blythe in single coverage and tossed an 8-yard jump ball touchdown pass to put Iowa State up 7-0.
Meyer finished 15-of-31 for 152 yards, and passed Seneca Wallace as Iowa State's career leader in passing yards. He also ran for 74 yards and a touchdown.