Scores

Final

Northern Iowa 0

(1-2, 1-0 MVFC)

Iowa State 27

(2-2, 0-1 Big 12)

7:00 PM ET, September 25, 2010

Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

1 2 3 4 T
UNI 0 0 0 00
ISU 3 10 14 027

Top Performers

Passing: J. Tiller (ISU) - 87 YDS

Rushing: A. Robinson (ISU) - 15 CAR, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Turner (UNI) - 2 REC, 49 YDS

Cyclones return two interceptions for TDs in win over Panthers

Associated Press

AMES, Iowa -- Jeremy Reeves returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown and A.J. Klein returned a pick for another score a few minutes later, sending Iowa State to a 27-0 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.

Grant Mahoney kicked two field goals for the Cyclones (2-2) and Alexander Robinson added a 6-yard TD run after Mahoney scurried for a first down on a fake field goal.

It was the first time the Cyclones returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a game since they did it against Northern Illinois on Sept. 18, 2004.

Northern Iowa (1-2) moved the ball well at times in the schools' first meeting since the Panthers upset the Cyclones 24-13 in 2007. But they were done in by three interceptions and two fumbles and they also had a field-goal attempt blocked.

Iowa State played most of the way with second-string quarterback Jerome Tiller. Starter Austen Arnaud, who injured his non-throwing shoulder in a 27-20 loss to Kansas State a week ago, left after three plays and did not return.

Thanks to the big plays by the defense, the Cyclones didn't have to lean heavily on Tiller, who played a turnover-free game.

Reeves' interception return matched the second-longest in school history and came when the Panthers were threatening to get within a touchdown. On Zach Davis' pass from the Iowa State 20-yard line, Reeves sprinted in front of receiver Carlos Anderson, grabbed the ball at the 6 in full stride and sped untouched down the left sideline to put the Cyclones up 20-0.

Davis, who replaced starter Tirrell Rennie at the start of the second half, was hit by tackle Stephen Ruempolhamer just as he released the ball.

The longest ISU return was Dick Howard's 100-yarder against Kansas State in 1945. Dustin Avey went 94 yards against Colorado in 1997.

A little more than 10 minutes later, with Rennie back in the game, Klein dropped back from his linebacker spot, picked off a pass at the UNI 25 and found a clear path to the end zone.

Klein, who also recovered a fumble, returned an interception 69 yards for a TD against Kansas State. He became the first Iowa State player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same season since Dawan Anderson did it against Wyoming and Kansas in 1996.

Mahoney kicked field goals of 37 and 45 yards to give ISU a 6-0 lead and lined up for what appeared to be another attempt at the UNI 24 late in the second quarter.

But holder Daniel Kuehl, the team's backup punter, got up after catching the snap and began running around right end. As a tackler closed in, Kuehl lateraled to Mahoney trailing the play and the junior kicker, running the ball for the first time in his college career, gained 5 yards for a first down.

Tiller's 15-yard pass to Sedrick Johnson on third-and-12 put the ball at the 6. The Cyclones then snapped the ball quickly and Robinson burst up the middle for the touchdown. He was tackled short of the end zone, but a review upheld the score.

Arnaud completed his first pass but bounced his second throw well short of his intended receiver and coach Paul Rhoads went with Tiller the rest of the way.

Tiller finished 11 of 22 for 87 yards and was sacked four times. Outgained 320-210, the Cyclones preserved the shutout when they recovered Rennie's fumble in their own end zone with 1:31 left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNI
ISU
1st Downs1715
Total Yards320210
Passing17493
Rushing146117
Penalties7-608-60
3rd Down Conversions5-146-15
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers50
Possession33:1626:44

Passing Leaders

Northern IowaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Rennie6/131027.802
Iowa StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tiller11/22874.000

Rushing Leaders

Northern IowaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rennie24803.3015
Anderson9293.207
Iowa StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson15744.9122
Woody5204.0010

Receiving Leaders

Northern IowaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Turner24924.5042
Sinkfield13535.0035
Iowa StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson4276.8015
Lenz22311.5018

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNIISU
FG04:52Grant Mahoney 37 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERUNIISU
FG14:04Grant Mahoney 46 Yd 06
TD00:57Alexander Robinson 6 Yd Run (Grant Mahoney Kick) 013
THIRD QUARTERUNIISU
TD12:30Jeremy Reeves 94 Yd Interception Return (Grant Mahoney Kick) 020
TD01:18A.J. Klein 25 Yd Interception Return (Grant Mahoney Kick) 027