1998 no fluke, Cyclones made it two in a row

Paul Kix

Last year’s game proved one thing: 1998 was no fluke. 1998 snapped a 15-game winning streak for the Hawkeyes. 1999 may have been viewed as Iowa State’s chance to prove itself against a Hawkeye team that had defeated them 33-14 over the years. Iowa State put their faith in “old reliable” to set the tone. Darren Davis capped off the Cyclones game-opening drive with a touchdown. Later on in the first quarter, ISU quarterback Sage Rosenfels hit Damien Groce for an 80-yard score and a quick 14-0 advantage for the ‘Clones. Iowa State took that lead into half-time, and after a fourth quarter field goal by Mike McKnight, Iowa State held on to beat Iowa by a final of 17-10. The Cyclone defense was able to hold Iowa to 230 total yards, while racking up 444 yards of their own. A major contributor to the 444 yards was Darren Davis. He walked off Jack Trice Field with 235 yards on 38 carries and a touchdown. This rushing effort marked his fifth straight 200-yard game. The Cyclone 310 total rushing yards also lead to a 15:16 time of possession advantage. Sage Rosenfels 134 yards on 6 of 13 attempts could have been a by-product of an offense that turned conservative in the second half. Iowa State had chances to put the game away in the second half. But squandered nearly all of them – either by cautious play-calling or intercepted passes – save the McKnight field goal. However, the Iowa State defense did some squelching of its own. The Hawkeyes finished the game a woeful 0 for 12 on third-down conversions. The Hawks were also limited to 22 offensive plays in the first half. That is after excluding three punts, a field-goal attempt and two penalties. Jessie Beckom went into the locker room with a team-leading seven tackles, while forcing two fumbles and breaking up a couple of passes. Jeff Waters was next in line for defensive leaders with six tackles. Last year’s victory marked the first time Iowa State had won at home against Iowa in 19 years.