Iowa State suffers heartbreaking loss in double overtime


Redshirt sophomore wide receiver D’Vario Montgomery looks for a penalty flag after his reception on Nov. 1. Montgomery caught his first career touchdown pass for 59 yards, the longest play from scrimmage for Iowa State this season. The Cyclones fell to the No. 19 Sooners with a final score of 59-14.

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Iowa State never led in regulation, but nevertheless had its first road game of 2015 all but wrapped up with five seconds remaining against Toledo.

Kicker Cole Netten lined up for a 32-yard field goal to ice the victory, but for the third time in as many games, couldn’t find the range. Netten’s kick sailed wide left, and all of the sudden, it was overtime in the Glass Bowl.

Four possessions later, the Cyclones had let another game slip away, falling to the Rockets 30-23 in double overtime.

On a night when Iowa State finally ran the ball effectively, rushing for 207 yards including 126 from running back Mike Warren, and finally stood up somewhat against the rush on defense, holding the explosive Kareem Hunt and company to 171 yards on the ground — it was mistakes that spelled the Cyclones’ ultimate end.

On top of Netten’s missed kick, the Cyclones committed 14 penalties that cost them 113 yards — negating in large part their superior offensive production. The Cyclones moved the ball to the tune of 481 yards compared to only 309 for the Rockets.

Iowa State also lost a fumble in the red zone late in the first half, finishing the game 2 for 4 inside Toledo’s 20-yard line, after allowing a punt block earlier in the second quarter that ended up in three points for the Rockets.

A pair of field goals, one from each team, sent the game to its second overtime, where Toledo led off with a touchdown run. Iowa State moved the ball inside the 10-yard line, but couldn’t find the end zone.

The game ended with a sack of ISU quarterback Sam Richardson on fourth down, when the Cyclones were forced to go for it from 10 yards out.

Iowa State gets next weekend off before playing host to Kansas to open Big 12 play.