By Chris Palmquist
AMES, Iowa—The Iowa Hawkeyes withstood a late rally by the Iowa State Cyclones and hung on to beat their rivals and return the Cy-Hawk Trophy to Iowa City with a 27-21 victory Saturday evening.
Neither offense could get going early, with the two teams playing a scoreless first quarter. In the second, however, Iowa Quarterback Jake Rudock connected with Kevonte Martin-Manley for a 5-yard score, and the Hawkeyes led on the road 7-0.
Mike Meyer tacked on two field goals before half as Iowa went into the locker room up 13-0.
After Iowa State Quarterback Sam Richardson found Quenton Bundrage for a 67-yard score in the third, Rudock responded with a 26-yard pitch-and-catch to Jacob Hillyer. A Rudock quarterback sneak gave the Hawkeyes a 27-7 lead late into the fourth, but Iowa State would not go quietly into the Ames night.
Richardson connected with Bundrage a second time to cut the deficit to two scores. The Cyclones recovered an onside kick, immediately after, but lost the momentum when Richardson was intercepted by B.J. Lowery.
The Cyclone defense held, however, and Richardson and the offense faced a fourth-and-four from the Hawkeye 17. Bundrage responded with his third touchdown catch of the night, cutting the lead to 27-21.
The Hawkeyes were able to essentially run out the clock following the score, and they held on to win the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the first time since 2010.
Iowa improves to 2-1 on the season and will host Western Michigan next Saturday at noon.
Iowa State falls to 0-2 and will have extra practices before returning to action September 26 at Tulsa.