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(Thursday, September 2nd)
Final Score: Iowa State 27, Northern Illinois 10
Ames, IA (Sports Network) - Alexander Robinson ran for 97 yards and a pair of touchdowns as he helped lead the Iowa State Cyclones to a 27-10 win over the Northern Illinois Huskies in non-conference action at Jack Trice Stadium.
Robinson carried the ball 19 times for the Cyclones (1-0), while quarterback Austen Arnaud added a TD run of his own. Arnaud managed to convert 27-of-36 passing for 265 yards, but he was picked off twice to keep the game from being a blowout.
The Huskies (0-1) had trouble moving the ball in the season opener, gaining 156 yards on the ground and a mere 93 yards through the air. Demarcus Grady converted a mere 14-of-29 passing and was picked off three times for a unit that ranked 109th in the nation a year ago with only 150 ypg passing.
The only points of the first quarter came on a two-yard TD run by Arnaud, giving the hosts a 7-0 advantage. In the second Robinson tacked on a 63-yard scoring run and kicker Grant Mahoney knocked through a 41-yard field goal to provide ISU with a 17-0 edge at the break.
In the second half NIU finally broke through with a 19-yard field goal by Mathew Sims, while Grady added a one-yard TD run to cap a nine-play, 40-yard drive to cut the deficit to 17-10 in the fourth quarter.
However, the Huskies would get no closer as Robinson registered his second TD of the night on a five-yard effort and Mahoney converted a 23-yard field goal in the final period to provide the hosts with the 17-point victory.
Jake Knott put forth a huge effort for the Iowa State defense, placing second on the unit with nine tackles to go along with a forced fumble and a pair of interceptions. A.J. Klein accounted for a game-high 15 stops for the Cyclones as well.
09/03 00:28:08 ET