Northern Iowa 27

(2-2, 1-1 away)

Iowa State 28

(3-2, 3-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 30, 2006

Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

1 2 3 4 T
UNI 7 14 0 627
ISU 7 0 7 1428

Top Performers

Passing: B. Meyer (ISU) - 323 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Lewis (UNI) - 19 CAR, 84 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Davis (ISU) - 7 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Iowa State 28, Northern Iowa 27

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Bret Meyer passed for 323 yards and two touchdowns, including a 16-yarder to Jon Davis with 1:05 left that gave Iowa State a 28-27 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.

The largest crowd in Iowa State history, 55,518, saw the Cyclones (3-2) rally from deficits of 21-7 and 27-21 to overcome two late fumbles and survive a major scare from the Panthers (2-2), the Division I-AA national runners-up last year.

The Cyclones weren't assured of winning until Northern Iowa's Brian Wingert was wide right on 51-yard field goal attempt with 6 seconds left.

Before that, Wingert had made 19 straight field goals dating back to last year, including fourth-quarter kicks of 43 and 32 yards that had given his team a six-point lead.

Wingert's second field goal came with just 2:20 left, but Iowa State responded quickly, needing only 65 seconds to drive 74 yards in six plays for the go-ahead score. Davis beat Curtis Cooper on the left side of the end zone and Meyer's pass was perfect.

Bret Culbertson added the extra point to put the Cyclones ahead for the first time since the first quarter.

Meyer finished 24-of-29 and also threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Todd Blythe in the third quarter. He was intercepted once and Dre Dokes returned it 46 yards for a touchdown to break a 7-7 tie in the second quarter.

Northern Iowa stretched the lead to 21-7 on its next series, Corey Lewis scoring on a 5-yard run to finish an 80-yard, nine-play drive.

Blythe made a leaping, juggling catch of Meyer's pass in the back of the end zone to draw the Cyclones to 21-14, and they tied it on Ryan Baum's 65-yard punt return with 13:10 left. But things quickly soured for Baum and the Cyclones.

Northern Iowa went three-and-out and Baum fumbled the punt. Northern Iowa recovered, but the Panthers were called for an illegal formation so they had to punt again. Baum fumbled that kick as well and Grant Zielinski recovered for Northern Iowa at the ISU 34, setting up Wingert's first field goal.

The Cyclones then zipped down the field with the help of a pass interference call and a face mask penalty, but Austin Flynn fumbled into the end zone while fighting to reach the goal line after catching a pass and Northern Iowa's Araf Evans-Sykes recovered for a touchback.

That led to Wingert's second field goal, which Iowa State answered with its clutch drive.

Northern Iowa's Eric Sanders completed his first 12 passes and finished 23-of-29 for 158 yards and a touchdown. He gave Iowa State trouble with short passes underneath the coverage, but the Cyclones got more pressure on him in the second half and the Panthers' offense wasn't as effective.