This was the last game I ever left early, well, my father decided to leave early. Eighth grade me wanted to stay and see how the game would end.
Excitement for myself was riding high coming into this game, as I remember texting my friend, who was in seventh grade, score updates from the prior week’s win over Texas Tech.
I was also really excited because, I also read media guides as a middle schooler, we had never lost to Utah (4-0, all games came in the 1970s).
So, Saturday rolls around and my father and I walk to Jack Trice to be part of the announced crowd of 43,195. I’m quite happy to see an Ames High alum start at quarterback yet again and maybe take us to another bowl game.
We go and find our seats and take in the splendor of a night game at Jack Trice. I’m browsing my $5 game program featuring (my program is in storage, so I’m not sure) on it’s cover and I decide to flip through pages as I normally do before gametime.
Nick Marsh would handle kickoff duties and here we go!
0-11 on 3rd Down all night for the Cyclones.. Yikes.
“Sims intercepted a pass with 4:54 to play in the first quarter, setting up Jake Williams’ 20-yard scoring reception from quarterback Austen Arnaud. Sims, a transfer, was last year’s Big 12 Conference defensive newcomer of the year.
What went right? Kirby Van Der Kamp punted nine times for an impressive 50-yard average. The Valley High School alum was pretty consistent his longest punt of the evening was 56 yards. Two of Van Der Kamp’s nine punts were downed inside the 20-yard line.
What went wrong? Whether it was through the air or on the ground, the Utes had few problems moving the ball. Utah receivers found openings in the defense, and backs sometimes ran five yards before being touched.”
This game was initially an exciting opportunity for Iowa State to grab a big nonconference win against a program which has been very strong over the past decade and a half. What is turned into was a 68-27 beatdown by Utes that made Cyclone fans want to drink themselves into oblivion upon exiting the stadium.