The mustard domed Cyclones and their loyal sons forever true had little to cheer for 1994.
They opened their season with Division 1-AA opponent Northern Iowa. 40,295 fans would cheer on the Cyclones for the season opener.
The Gateway Conference champions every year since 1990 would be led by Brian O’Donnell in his first career start as a fifth year senior. O’Donnell opened up the scoring by throwing to his tight end Lincoln Sharar from seven yards out with 9:36 in the opening quarter. With 26 seconds left in the first half, O’Donnell again finds an open target, this time to Jake Kothe from 21 yards out to put UNI up 14 to 0 at the half.
Jeff Stovall would put UNI up another touchdown just three minutes into the third quarter.
Ty Stewart finally gets the Cyclones on the board with two field goals, one from 43 yards at 8:16 in the third, and another from 40 at the 6:36 in the third.
The aforementioned Stovall would have another touchdown run to put the Panthers up 28-6 heading into the fourth quarter.
Todd Doxzon and Graston Norris would add to the Cyclone tally, with Doxzon having a five yard rush, and Norris doing a two point conversion to make the final stand at 14-28, UNI.
Following this game, the Cyclones would go play the banana peels out east and have no success. In the first quarter, the peels had run 25 plays and gained 124 yards, whereas the Cyclones had six snaps and gained only 21 yards.
The Cyclones would be down 13-3 at the break, with only a 23 yard Stewart field goal to their name. The Peels would score seventeen more points in the third quarter.
Quarterbacks Doxzon and Robby Duncan combined to fumble four times. Late in the third quarter, a freshman by the name of Troy Davis entered and had 5 rushes for 14 yards. John Walters has a recap as seen below.
Next up? Parent’s Day game against Western Michigan at home. Graston Norris would open up the scoring with a 5 yard run to put ISU up 6-0 due to a PAT miss.
Kevin Knope would connect on a 32 yard field goal and the Broncos would be the first team to trail after a quarter to Iowa State. Jim Vackaro would rip off a 54 yard rush to put Western Michigan up 10-6. Jim Knott would not be denied from the one yard line and Iowa State would go up 13-10. Andre Wallace, a flanker, would reel in a 5 yard pass to put the Broncos up 17-14 at halftime.
Rodney Guggenheim opened up the second half scoring from the WMU 1 at the 9:35 mark in the third quarter. The two point conversion failed and Iowa State would be done scoring for the day. Larry Johnson snared a 10 yard pass, and their two point conversion also failed. The Broncos would win 23-19 in front of a crowd of 32,080.
Jay McDonagh (9-0-1 as a starter) would lead the Broncos to 443 total yards to give Jay his 10th win as a starter. Vackaro carried the ball 17 times for 114 yards.
31,906 football fans packed into a rainy Cyclone Stadium to see Iowa State take on Rice to see if either team would get their first win of the season.
The Owls got on the board first, following a nine play drive that lasted from 12:30-8:27 in the first quarter. A 24 yard run by Spence George on 3rd & 1 kept the drive alive. Rice made it to our 10 before kicking a field goal by Matt Huelsman to go up 3-0. Rodd Newhouse had a 34 yard run on a first down to keep things going for the Owls. He would have eight rushes on the season, with five of those coming in this game.
Huelsman again connected on a field goal, this time on a season long for Rice being measured at 47 yards out.
Rice would get eight more points before going into halftime, thanks to Byron Coston’s 87 yard rush which brought the Owls to the Iowa State 4. Quarterback Josh LaRocca found his way in from one yard out, and the two point conversion was completed by seldom used wideout Emerson Allen to go up 14-0 at half.
The second half started with Iowa State scoring, the real highlight of this drive would be Troy Davis rushing for 34 yards (of his 74 on the day) on a first down. Ty Stewart would make a 49 yard field goal to cut the margin to 11 with 12:39 left in the third.
LaRocca would get Rice back up at the 10:12 mark by passing to Spence George from 13 yards out. George had a 23 yard rush on second down during this drive to make it 21-3.
Ed Howard opened up the fourth quarter scoring from a 29 yard pass from LaRocca to go up 28-3.
ISU would score 15 more points, too little too late on this day.
Rice finished with 373 rushing yards, and held the Cyclones to 109 yards in the air.
With the non-conference slate out of the way, perhaps the Cyclones will have some luck at #21 Oklahoma, who they had just beaten four years prior. Iowa State’s Calvin Branch broke free for 50 yards on a pass from Jeff St. Clair, and that was it on the day for ISU scoring. We were 30 point underdogs going into this game.
Oklahoma would score 34 unanswered points in this one to win 34-6.
Troy Davis caught three passes for a total of six yards.
Homecoming is here, and have no fear! We are playing the Jayhawks, who in this season of ‘94 had a better record than the Hawks.
For the first time since our match with the banana peels over a month ago, red pants were worn by the Cyclone squad.
However, the change in pants would only put so much fight in Iowa State as detailed below.
Asheiki Preston opened up the scoring for Kansas, running it in from 11 yards out.
Todd Doxzon would match with an 8 yard run of his own, to tie things up at 7.
Jim Moore would pull in a Preston pass that went 19 yards for the score.
Doxzon again would respond with this time a 7 yard run, and that would be the last time Iowa State would be tied this game.
Jeff McCord had a 48 yard field goal.
Mark Sanders would have two touchdown plunges, one of 34 yards, and another of 4 yards.
Costello Good would get a touchdown of his own, this time a run from our 9. McCord would get another field goal from 37 yards out.
The score now stands at 41-14, Kansas.
Jim Knott would have a 39 yard run to make it 41-21, and the Cyclone defense would step up and force Kansas into an intentional grounding for a safety. The game lasted 3 hours and 15 minutes.
Troy Davis had a tackle. As a team, the Cyclones have turned it over 16 times up to this point in the season.
The final would be 41-23.
WE TIED OKLAHOMA STATE #SOUNDTHESIRENS.
The worst offense in the Big Eight (Missouri) comes in to play the worst defense (Iowa State), I wonder who will prevail.
Dan Dostal, a tight end, says not even Vince Lombardi would have success at ISU this season.
Iowa State opened up the scoring with a 23 yard field goal from Stewart. Earlier in that drive, Doxzon had a 29 yard rush which brought the Cyclone offensive to the Tiger 29, before a Mizzou penalty which moved it to the 14.
Next, an 8 yard run by Michael Washington put the Tigers up 7-3.
On the next drive, Doxzon threw a 22 yard touchdown pass to James Brooks.
Doxzon would be taken out of the game with a concussion late in the opening quarter.
The small lead we had evaporated and Mizzou would rattle off 17 unanswered in the second quarter.
Ty Stewart would open up the second half with a field goal on a drive that was aided by a 18 yard pass to Geoff Turner on 4th & 6. The Tigers would match with a field goal of their own, and both teams would exchange touchdowns in the 4th.
Mizzou would take the Telephone Trophy back to Columbia winning with a score of 34-20, their most points on the season.
Troy Davis fumbled once, and had no gain on two carries.
Todd Doxzon would be back to take on #15 Kansas State in Manhattan.
The Cyclones would lose 38-20. However, rising freshman (who is complaining about not getting enough carries) Troy Davis was the leading rusher with 69 yards on 8 carries.
45,186 fans packed into Cyclone Stadium to see Iowa State take on #1 Nebraska for Senior Day, and for most of the game, the Cyclone faithful were treated to a heck of a game. For three quarters, Iowa State’s second worst in the nation run defense held Nebraska to 106 rushing yards (averaged 340 a game).
However, a touchdown called back in the fourth deflated the Cyclone’s hopes as the World-Herald explains.
One more game, this time in the 5,400ish feet elevation of Boulder to take on the #7 Buffaloes led by the late Rashaan Salaam would become the seventh person ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.
Neil Voskeritchian opened up the scoring from 34 yards out after Doxzon had an errant option pitch that was recovered by the Buffaloes on our 25.
Ty Stewart tied things up at 3 from 35 yards out.
Salaam had a rush of 40 yards to set up Herchell Troutman plunge from the 1.
On the next Colorado drive, Salaam would get a 9 yard run to go up 17-3. No scoring occurred in the second quarter.
Ty Stewart would score from 29 out at 7:55, and then Voskeritchian would make one from 29 with 32 seconds left in the third quarter which set up the play of the year for the Cyclones.
(If you have Cyclones.TV, you can watch the Troy Davis Special and there’s a clip of this play)
On the ensuing kickoff to freshman Troy Davis, he took it 99 yards to bring the score to 20-13 going into the fourth quarter.
2:40 into the final period of 1994 Cyclone Football, Kordell Stewart had a 23 yard run for a score.
2 plays, 81 yards later, Salaam would score on a 67 yard run to bring his season rushing total to over 2,000 yards.
Ed Williams would have a reception of 30 yards on the drive that led to a Guggenheim run from the 1.
41,293 would see Troutman haul in a 15 yard pass on a 4th & 7 which set up a 10 yard run for the freshman. With that, the final would be 41-20, and the Cyclones end their season 0-10-1.
[labontefan31]. (2012, Sep. 7) Iowa State vs Iowa CyHawk Series Football History (1977-2009) [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/4GLZyuVB5Bs.
University of Northern Iowa, “1895-1995 100 Year Celebration Northern Iowa Football” (1995). Athletics Media Guides. 211. https://scholarworks.uni.edu/amg/211