Geen. 7 Iowa State survives against Northern Iowa, 16-10

Iowa State was in danger of joining Michigan as the only top-10 team to lose to an FCS opponent, a memorable upset by Appalachian State in 2007.

Having survived the opening close-call, Iowa State will likely head into its rivalry game next week against No. 18 Iowa ranked for the first time in the history of the series.

Brock Purdy voltooi 21 van 26 slaag vir 197 erwe, but the Cyclones were kept off-balance by a defense that returned all of its starters. Breece Hall, who led the nation with nine 100-yard games last year, was held to 69 erwe aan 23 dra.

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Northern Iowa had two chances with the ball after Connor Assalley’s 21-yard field goal put the Cyclones up 16-10 met 6:18 links.

Young intercepted Will McElvain’s third-and-12 pass at the ISU 25 to end the second-to-last possession.

The Panthers forced a three-and-out and got the ball back at its 10 met 1:02 om te speel. McElvain got UNI to its 42 and threw to Sam Schnee, who was brought down at the Cyclones 43 as the clock ran out.

Iowa-staat, which has its highest preseason ranking in program history, was able to escape against an in-state FCS rival that has won in Ames three times since 2007.

The Panthers beat Iowa State in Cyclone coach Matt Campbell’s debut in 2016 and pushed the Cyclones to three overtimes before losing 29-26 in 2019.

Hall ran the ball just twice in the first quarter but accounted for a combined 42 rushing and receiving yards as the Cyclones marched 59 yards on their first possession of second quarter. Hall put Iowa State ahead 10-7 with a 2-yard run, and the Cyclones led 13-10 at half.

Saal, vir wie gejaag het 1,572 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2020, was held in check the rest of the game. He lost 2 yards when Iowa State was facing a third-and-goal from the 2 before Assalley kicked his second field goal.

McElvain ended up with 230 yards on 21-of-34 passing.

Iowa State leads the all-time series with Northern Iowa 24-6-3.

DIE afneem

Iowa-staat: Saal, who has received preseason Heisman Trophy mention, struggled most of the game but scored a rushing touchdown in a school-record 13th straight game. That’s also the longest active streak in the nation.

Noord-Iowa: The Panthers, who didn’t play last fall because of the pandemic, teruggekeer 22 starters after going 3-4 during a spring season. McElvain beat out Michigan State transfer Theo Day for the starting job and showed flashes. Day did not play.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Iowa-staat, in the AP Top 25 vir 14 straight weeks, should stay but will the still be in the top 10?

VOLGENDE

Northern Iowa visits Sacramento State on Sept. 11.

Iowa State hosts Iowa on Sept. 11.

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