NCAAF Game Recap - Northern Iowa at Iowa State
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Iowa State 29, Northern Iowa 26

Aug 31, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

2Final (OT)

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2

3

4

OT

2OT

3OT

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Northern Iowa (0-1)

0

0

13

0

3

7

3

26

(21) Iowa State (1-0)

3

0

7

3

3

7

6

29

No. 21 Iowa State survives Northern Iowa in 3 OT, 29-26
Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:23 PM

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy's eyes lit up when he saw a potential game-losing fumble floating aimlessly near the goal line.

The sophomore sprang into action, snapping up Sheldon Croney Jr.'s triple-overtime miscue and saving the Cyclones from a devastating defeat - even by their standards.

Croney Jr. scored from a yard out on the next play and 21st-ranked Iowa State rallied to edge past FCS school Northern Iowa 29-26 on Saturday.

La'Michael Pettway had a pair of touchdown catches for the Cyclones (1-0), who barely survived a massive upset after entering the year ranked for the first time since 1978. Northern Iowa (0-1), which was ranked 18th in the STATS FCS Preseason Top 25, was trying for 19th-year coach Mark Farley's 150th career win.

Croney fumbled just shy of the end zone on the second-to-last play of the game. But Purdy saw the ball bounce out, and he sprinted from the backfield to recover it at the 1 in perhaps the biggest play of his impressive young career.

"I saw who was underneath the pile, so I knew who would come up with it. Doesn't that tell you what he is about?" Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said about Purdy's heads-up play. "When I saw him there I thought we were going to be in great shape."

For four quarters and nearly three extra sessions though, the last thing the Cyclones were in was great shape.

Iowa State had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Connor Assalley with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter simply to force overtime. Purdy had a touchdown run called back because of holding before that kick.

After the teams traded field goals in the first OT, Purdy found Pettway - a graduate transfer from Arkansas in his Iowa State debut - in the back of the end zone. But Northern Iowa pulled even at 23-all after freshman Will McElvain scrambled long enough to free up Trevor Allen for a 7-yard TD catch on a ball that travelled at least 40 yards.

Iowa State forced Northern Iowa into a field goal to start triple overtime, and Purdy completed three straight passes to set up a hectic finish.

"I don't know if the defense really saw it," Purdy said of his fumble recovery. "I had probably the best angle on it. It was pretty scary. I'm not going to lie."

The Cyclones were the second ranked team to win an overtime game against an FCS opponent. Auburn held off Jacksonville State 27-20 in 2015.

"That's why I love coaching in this game. It demands you being your best right out of the gate," Campbell said.

McElvain finished with 228 yards passing and a touchdown in his collegiate debut.

Purdy threw for 278 yards while completing 30 of 41 passes. Deshaunte Jones caught 14 balls, the second-most in school history, for 126 yards for Iowa State.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: Part of the Cyclones' struggles can be attributed to the fact that Northern Iowa isn't the least bit intimidated about driving about 100 miles southwest to play them. The Panthers even have three wins in Ames dating back to 2007. But Iowa State's offense, hurt by some questionable play calling, left a ton to be desired. The Cyclones also missed stars David Montgomery and Hakeem Butler perhaps more than anyone thought they would.

Northern Iowa: McElvain, a freshman from nearby Des Moines who was offered a walk-on spot by the Cyclones, looks like he's got a bright future. His scramble to find Allen in double OT was one of the best plays of the young season. "Really talented guys who can run and escape, that's a challenge," Campbell said. "As the game wore on, I thought you saw his athletic ability come forward."

CYHAWK COINCIDENCE?

The last time a ranked team lost to an FCS school? That was three years ago when Iowa, the team Iowa State hosts in two weeks, fell to North Dakota State. But there's another connection to the rival Hawkeyes that the Cyclones can take solace in. In 2009, Iowa needed back-to-back blocked field goals to hold off these very same Panthers. That Hawkeyes team rallied to win the Orange Bowl that season. Iowa State's defense looked like it belonged on New Year's Day, but its offense at times looked like the first day of spring ball.

RUNNING BACK ROULETTE

Iowa State's muddled running back situation didn't get much closure in the opener. Johnnie Lang (14 carries for 60 yards) and freshman Breece Hall (11 for 47) shared the bulk of the carries until the fourth, when Croney was called upon. He found his stride, finishing with 56 yards on 13 attempts.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's very hard to imagine Iowa State maintaining its place in the Top 25 after that performance.

HE SAID IT

"All that work and all that time came to that ball laying on the ground and it was who came up out of that scrum," UNI's Farley said. "It actually stopped for a second, and we all watched it sit there."

UP NEXT

Iowa State has next week off. The Cyclones host No. 20 Iowa on Sept. 14.

Northern Iowa: The Panthers host Southern Utah on Sept. 7.

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Passing

NoIa Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
W. McElvain 42 25 59.5 1 228 26 0 82.2
IASt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Purdy 41 30 73.2 2 278 21 0 107.6

Rushing

NoIa Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Allen 15 26 1.7 8 0
A. Soko 6 5 0.8 7 0
IASt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Lang 14 60 4.3 12 0
S. Croney Jr. 13 56 4.3 14 1

Receiving

NoIa Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
I. Weston 2 48 24.0 26 0
T. Bohr 5 43 8.6 18 0
IASt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Jones 14 126 9.0 20 0
C. Kolar 4 45 11.3 15 0

Fumbles

NoIa F FL
D. McShane 1 0
IASt F FL
B. Purdy 1 1

Returning

NoIa KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. McShane 2 13.0 0 22 0 - 0 0
X. Williams 1 17.0 0 17 0 - 0 0
IASt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Nwangwu 1 23.0 0 23 0 - 0 0

Punting

IASt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Rivera 3 115 38.3 41

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

NoIa IASt
Points For 26 29
Total Yards 262 463
Rushing Yards 34 185
Passing Yards 228 278
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/42 30/41
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 2/1
First Downs 17 26
Penalties - Yards 5/50 5/50
Time Of Possession 55:55 5:05
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/17 7/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/40 3/38

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NoIa IASt
IASt 14:07 FG Connor Assalley 42 yd FG 0 3
2nd Quarter NoIa IASt
No scores this quarter
3rd Quarter NoIa IASt
NoIa 2:04 FG Matthew Cook 50 yd FG 3 3
IASt 6:29 TD La'Michael Pettway 7 yd pass from Brock Purdy (Connor Assalley kick) 3 10
NoIa 13:16 FG Matthew Cook 31 yd FG 6 10
NoIa 14:54 TD Xavior Williams 53 yd fumble return (Matthew Cook kick) 13 10
4th Quarter NoIa IASt
IASt 14:01 FG Connor Assalley 23 yd FG 13 13
Overtime NoIa IASt
IASt 15:00 FG Connor Assalley 22 yd FG 16 16
NoIa 15:00 FG Matthew Cook 49 yd FG 16 13
2nd Overtime NoIa IASt
NoIa 15:00 TD Trevor Allen 7 yd pass from Will McElvain (Matthew Cook kick) 23 23
IASt 15:00 TD La'Michael Pettway 9 yd pass from Brock Purdy (Connor Assalley kick) 16 23
3rd Overtime NoIa IASt
NoIa 15:00 FG Matthew Cook 28 yd FG 26 23
IASt 15:00 TD Sheldon Croney Jr. 1 yd run 26 29

Game Information

Stadium: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa
Attendance: 61,500
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