Iowa State 23, Iowa 3
LaMarcus Hicks returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown Saturday and Iowa State capitalized on turnovers for all its points to stun No. 8 Iowa, 23-3.
Iowa State (2-0) came up with an inspired effort on defense a week after struggling in a 32-21 victory over Division I-AA Illinois State, recovering three fumbles, intercepting two passes and getting three sacks.
Iowa (1-1) scored with ease in a 56-0 rout of Ball State in its opener, but the Hawkeyes were so inept offensively in this one that they never got closer to the end zone than the Iowa State 26-yard line.
The Hawkeyes got 140 yards rushing on 18 carries from Albert Young but had little else going. Their lone score was a 44-yard field goal by Kyle Schlicher in the third quarter.
Even worse, Iowa lost quarterback Drew Tate to a concussion midway through the second quarter. He was expected to return for next Saturday's game with Northern Iowa.
"I think he's going to be fine, but obviously he couldn't have come back in the second half," Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz said.
Iowa State was hardly overwhelming on offense, managing a modest 323 total yards.
While the most anticipated game in the rivalry in years didn't live up to the hype, it drew a crowd of 54,290 -- the largest at Iowa State's Jack Trice Stadium since it was reconfigured in 1996 -- in 90-degree heat.
Trailing 16-3, Iowa had a chance to make it interesting, driving to a first down at the Iowa State 30 midway through the fourth quarter. Three plays later, though, Scott Chandler fumbled after catching a pass. Hicks recovered at the Iowa 20.
With the Iowa fans streaming out of the stadium, Iowa State drove 80 yards in nine plays for the clinching touchdown. Bret Meyer's 40-yard pass to Todd Blythe put the ball at the 2, and Ryan Kock bulled into the end zone on the next play.