2015 was a rough season for Iowa State and things did not start out well for Paul Rhoads that year.
Iowa State entered the game at Toledo as 6.5 point underdogs. Rhoads didn’t think his Cyclones were underdogs at all. Toledo had other thoughts.
In a game which Iowa State outgained Toledo by over 150 yards. The Cyclones’ miscues and 14 penalties for 114 yards held us in check as Toledo dropped the hammer. Iowa State’s defense forced a three and out late in the game and got the ball back in the hands of the offense. ISU kicker Cole Netten came onto the field and connected on a 47 yard field goal through the uprights to tie the game at 20-20.
For the second consecutive possession, the ISU defense stoppedToledo and got the ball back. The Cyclones drove down the field to the 13 yard line and set up Netten for another field goal. The usually-accurate kicker missed the game-winner, and the game would go to overtime.
The Cyclones and Rockets would trade field goals in the first overtime. In the second overtime Toledo would get the back first and struck to take a 30-23 lead. Iowa State needing a score to extend the game, Sam Richardson would be sacked on fourth and goal after a dropped pass on the previous play. Toledo would win the game 30-23.
Hey look, there is a bright side to all of this. Iowa State finished the year 3-9 and then Toledo Head Coach Matt Campbell made his way to Ames after the 2015 season. So it wasn’t all bad, but at the same time it was.