AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Austin Flynn threw for two touchdowns and had
330 yards in total offense, while Michael Wagner rushed for 115
yards and two scores as Iowa State beat Ohio University 48-20
Iowa State (2-0) was much sharper offensively than in its 17-10
victory over Northern Iowa a week ago but still got a scare from
the Bobcats (1-1), who burned the Cyclones with three big plays.
Fred Ray's 68-yard touchdown run and Ryan Hawk's 80-yard TD pass
to Scott Mayle left Ohio trailing 17-14 late in the first quarter.
Ray, who alternated with Hawk at quarterback, added a 1-yard
touchdown run early in the third quarter after completing a 71-yard
pass to Anthony Hackett.
But Iowa State blanked Ohio the rest of the way and secured the
victory with touchdown drives of 88 yards and 78 yards. Hiawatha
Rutland scored both times on runs of 7 and 2 yards.
Wagner carried 21 times in the fifth 100-yard game of his
career. He scored on first-half runs of 3 and 4 yards.
Flynn was 14-of-27 for 252 yards, including touchdown passes of
6 yards to Jamual Montgomery and 59 yards to Lane Danielsen. The
redshirt freshman also ran 14 times for 78 yards and had a 51-yard
completion to Jack Whitver to set up Rutland's second touchdown.
Danielsen's touchdown came on a short pass that he turned into a
big gain with a stiff arm on cornerback T.J. Wright. With Wright on
the ground, Danielsen outran the pursuit down the left sideline.
With that catch, Danielsen became Iowa's career leader in
receiving yards. The former walk-on finished the day with five
receptions for 102 yards, running his career total to 2,077 yards
on 124 catches.
Tracy Henderson had been the leader with 2,048 yards on 150
catches from 1982-84.
Whitver had five catches for 110 yards.
Mayle's over-the-shoulder catch of the perfectly thrown ball
from Hawk was the second-longest touchdown pass in Ohio history.
Earlier, Ohio stunned the Cyclones by taking a 7-3 lead when Ray
faked a handoff at his own 32, ran up the middle and sprinted into
an empty secondary.
Iowa State went back ahead on Wagner's first touchdown and led
the rest of the way.
Though the Ohio offense is geared to running, Ray and Hawk
combined to complete 12 of 22 passes for 237 yards, the most by an
Ohio team since 1993.