NCAA Football: The Hawkeyes beat the Cyclones and prove they’re still the best team in Iowa

Ames, Iowa - The University of Iowa went into Iowa State’s stadium on Saturday and owned the field as they hold on to bragging rights and the Cy-Hawk Trophy from their interstate rivals.

Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras threw for a touchdown in Iowa's win over Iowa State on Saturday.
Hawkeyes quarterback Spencer Petras threw for a touchdown in Iowa's win over Iowa State on Saturday.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The Iowa Hawkeyes won out in dominating fashion over the Iowa State Cyclones 27-17 for their second win of the 2021 college football season.

Poor play in the quarterback position and costly mistakes totaling up four turnovers was to blame for Iowa State’s failure to get a rare win against Iowa.

The Hawkeyes went through two Cyclone quarterbacks to get the win. They forced Iowa State’s senior starting quarterback Brock Purdy (21) out of the game after he threw three interceptions, all part of 13 for 27 passing for only 138 yards.

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Purdy’s replacement, freshman Hunter Dekkers fared a little better going 11 for 16, 114 yards, and a touchdown.

The Cyclones also had trouble protecting the football when junior running back Breece Hall fumbled in the third quarter, leading to a 6-yard touchdown return by Iowa’s junior linebacker Jack Campbell.

Iowa’s junior quarterback Spencer Petras had a good game, completing 11 of 16 pass attempts for 106 yards and a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Charlie Jones. They also enjoyed a valuable contribution from junior running back Tyler Goodson, who carried the ball 21 times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

The Hawkeyes’ offense could muster much else, but senior cornerback Matt Hankins and junior linebacker Seth Benson came together for Iowa’s three interceptions to keep the Cyclones off the scoreboard.

Next Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes welcome the Kent State Golden Flashes into town while Iowa State heads out west to take on the UNLV Rebels.

Cover photo: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

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