NCAA Game Summary - Minnesota vs. Iowa State|
(Thursday, December 31st)
Final Score: Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13
Tempe, AZ (Sports Network) - Alexander Robinson ran for 137 yards on 22
carries, and Iowa State forced a late turnover to escape with a 14-13 win over
Minnesota in the Insight Bowl.
Ter'ran Benton recovered a fumble at the Cyclones' 15 with under two minutes
to play, as Iowa State (7-6) ran out the remainder of the clock to record a
winning season in Paul Rhoads' first year as the coach. It is the school's
first winning campaign since going 7-5 in 2005.
"We've certainly improved, and that was the number one goal (this season) --
to improve in every aspect of our program," Rhoads said of the team's
progress. "We made some people happy and made people take notice of Iowa State
Austen Arnaud completed 19-of-26 passes for 216 yards and a score with two
interceptions and ran for 76 yards and a touchdown in the win. Jake Williams
caught six passes for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Cyclones.
Adam Weber threw for 261 yards and a touchdown on 18-of-32 efficiency for
Minnesota (6-7), which has lost the Insight Bowl in three out of the past four
seasons. Weber was also intercepted once, while Da'Jon McKnight had 124
receiving yards on seven receptions in defeat.
"It's a tough loss, and (we) had a locker room full of heart-broken kids,"
said Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster. "They played their hearts out. And we
came here to win the football game, and we didn't get it done."
Eric Ellestad missed a 34-yard field goal early in the third quarter with a
chance to draw the Gophers to within eight, but Minnesota used some trickery
to score on its next possession.
On 4th-and-4 from the Minnesota 37, punter Blake Hauden faked the kick and
threw a short pass to Kyle Theret for a 40-yard gain. On the following play,
Weber floated a 23-yard touchdown pass to Nick Tow-Arnett for a 14-10 game.
Arnaud fumbled the ball away on the next possession for Iowa State, leading to
a 21-yard field goal from Ellestad with 21 seconds left in the third.
Minnesota got the ball at its own one-yard line with seven minutes left and a
chance to go in front. After driving down to the Iowa State 17, MarQueis Gray
fumbled the ball away, as Benton scooped it up for the Cyclones.
As the Gophers had only one timeout remaining, Iowa State was able to run off
the remainder of the clock to win the game.
Minnesota used a McKnight 41-yard reception on its opening drive to take the
lead on Ellestad's 36-yard field goad.
Iowa State, meanwhile, struggled to get points early on. A 4th-and-1 on the
Gophers' 26 went for no gain to end the first series, and Arnaud was
intercepted on two of the next three drives.
With nine minutes left in the first half, the Cyclones finally got some
momentum on offense and drove 71 yards in 10 plays. Arnaud capped the set with
a tough nine-yard run to the end zone, dragging a defender past the goal-line
for a 7-3 lead with 4 1/2 minutes on the clock.
Minnesota drove to the Iowa State 20 on its next possession, but David Sims
intercepted a Weber pass in the end zone after a receiver fell down. The
Cyclones subsequently went 89 yards in a minute, as Arnaud found Williams from
38 yards away after a defender slipped for a 14-3 halftime lead.
DeLeon Eskridge led the Minnesota rushing attack with just 43 yards on 13
carries...The Gophers lost five of seven to finish the season...Iowa State had
not won a bowl game since the 2004 Independence Bowl...The Cyclones beat
Minnesota for the first time since 1898, having lost the last four meetings.
The Gophers still dominate the all-time series, 22-3-1.
12/31 23:18:28 ET