The Iowa State football team lost 30-23 to Toledo on Saturday night in double overtime. The game featured about every possible negative Cyclone football stereotype you could think of, including a mass of penalties (14 for 113 total yards) and a crucial missed field goal at the end of regulation.
On the first offensive possession of the game for Iowa State, the offense executed in classic ISU fashion and went three-and-out. A Sam Richardson pass to Allen Lazard on third down was ruled incomplete, even though the replay showed Lazard appeared to get his fingers between the ball and the ground.
Toledo took the ball at midfield following the punt by Colin Downing, and on the second play of the drive, Rocket running back Kareem Hunt rushed for 39 yards down to the Cyclone 11 yard line. Luckily, the ISU defense held and Toledo was forced to kick a field goal. The 30 yarder was good, and the Rockets went up 3-0.
The next series for Iowa State also yielded three points on a Cole Netten 35 yard field goal, but offensive coordinator Mark Mangino showed the first of a formation that included backup Joel Lanning in at quarterback and Richardson split out wide. The formation was used for two consecutive plays, both of which were runs.
After ISU tied the game at 3-3, the Rockets put together a 13 play, 90 yard drive that resulted in a three yard touchdown pass from Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely to wide receiver Alonzo Russell in the back of the end zone. The pass was completed over backup safety Darian Cotton, who was starting for the Cyclones in place of the injured Qujuan Floyd. The Rockets led at the end of the first quarter, 10-3.
Toledo scored again after they blocked an ISU punt and returned the ball to the Iowa State 2 yard line. The good news was, the Cyclone defense stuffed three straight runs from the Rockets and held them to a field goal. 13-3 ballgame.
Iowa State cut the deficit to three point when Sam Richardson completed a nice pass over the middle to D'Vario Montgomery, who scampered 59 yards up the field and into the end zone to make it 13-10. That score held going into halftime.
The opening drive of the second half for Toledo looked like it would end after three downs, but an ISU player lined up offsides on the punt and it allowed the Rockets to get a 1st down and extend the drive. Seven plays later, Ely ran the ball to the left on a 3rd and goal at the Iowa State 2 yard line, fumbled the ball forward, and it rolled right into the hands of another Rocket player in the end zone for a touchdown to make it a 20-10 game.
The Cyclones moved the ball into Toledo territory on their next drive, but a series of poor plays and penalties led to the offense going backwards out of field goal range and Iowa State punted the ball away.
Once they got the ball back, ISU put together their most impressive drive of the evening. Coming in at 16 plays and just under nine minutes of game time, the 89 yard drive was capped off with a 1 yard touchdown run by Trever Ryen on a pitch to the outside. With 11:23 remaining in the 4th quarter, the score was 20-17 in favor of the Rockets.
The Iowa State defense forced a big three-and-out and got the ball back in the hands of the offense. Playing with the wind, ISU got down to the Toledo 29 yard line before getting stopped on 3rd down. ISU kicker Cole Netten came onto the field and smashed a 47 yard field goal through the uprights to tie the game at 20-20.
For the second consecutive possession, the ISU defense stopped the Toledo offense and got the ball back quickly to Richardson and co. The Cyclones drove down the field to the 13 yard line and set up Netten for another field goal from the left hash with just five seconds remaining. The usually-accurate kicker missed the game-winner just a couple feet to the left, and the game went into overtime.
Toledo won the coin toss preceding overtime and chose to be on defense first. Following a Mike Warren run for no gain and two incomplete Richardson passes, Netten lined up to kick a 44 yard field to put points on the board just minutes after missing the game winner in regulation. He nailed it, and Iowa State took the lead, 23-20.
An incompletion, run for no gain, and another incompletion made the Rocket offense have about as much success as Iowa State's, and Toledo kicker Jameson Vest kicked a field goal of his own to tie the game back up and force a second overtime period.
Per the NCAA's overtime rules, the Rockets got the first possession of overtime #2. On only their fourth play, running back Damion Jones-Moore rumbled into the touchdown near the left pylon to put Toledo up 30-23.
Needing a touchdown to extend the game, the Cyclone offense took the field and took a couple shots toward the end zone, but both fell incomplete. On 3rd down, Richardson found Dondre Daley over the middle to advance Iowa State to the 10 yard line and get them a 1st down. After a Trever Ryen screen pass for a yard or two and an incomplete pass on a Richardson roll out, it set ISU up with a 3rd and goal. Richardson's pass to Allen Lazard at the goal line was dropped, which put the Cyclones into a score-or-lose situation on 4th down.
In true Iowa State fashion, Toledo's minimal three or four man rush blew up the offensive line and Richardson was sacked. Game over. ISU 1-2 heading into the bye week.
Smart play to take the sack there so you can live to fight on 5th down.
— WRNL (@WideRtNattyLt) September 20, 2015