Iowa football lassos take victory over Colorado State
Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Jack Campbell (31) recovers a Colorado State Rams fumble during the third quarter of their college football game at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Iowa won 24-14. (Jim Slosiarek / The Gazette)
IOWA CITY – Ranching towns like Fort Collins, Colorado have a deeply ingrained rodeo culture, but when it comes to football, almost only counts in horseshoes.
The Colorado State Rams almost had a chance to defeat the nation’s No.5 team when they took a 14-7 halftime lead on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium, but the Iowa Hawkeyes defense managed a fumble. , setting up Iowa wide receiver Tyrone Tracy Jr. for a seven-second commute to the end zone that set the tone for the second half.
While the Iowa defense continued its streak of no more than 25 points maintaining 26 straight games, the offense also continued to seem, at times, mundane against a Mountain West Conference team. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras’ five-game unstoppable streak was halted after an interception in the second quarter ended an otherwise explosive practice for the Hawkeyes. Iowa sealed the win, but not in a dominant fashion comparable to previous weeks, beating the Rams 24-14.
A salvage fumble from Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, forced by defensive lineman Yahya Black, gave the Hawkeyes an easy kickoff of the third quarter. Tracy carried the ball for a 6-yard touchdown to tie the score, 14-14, in an otherwise slow offensive performance.
The Iowa defense kept pace, forcing a three-and-out at Colorado State 23, and despite star punter Ryan Stonehouse’s 51-yard rocket launch, Iowa returner Charlie Jones brought the 38-yard ball to make sure the ball stays on the Rams’ side of the field.
The Hawkeyes weren’t moving much following an incomplete pass and one-yard run from Tyler Goodson, but Colorado State’s Robert Floyd was flagged for interference on a pass to Nico Ragaini to keep the drive alive. . Petras found tight end Sam LaPorta wide open in midfield for a 27-yard touchdown pass to give Iowa the lead, 21-14.
The Iowa offense dropped to three points in their next practice, then, after a 34-yard reception by Ragaini, stepped back as Jones recovered his own fumble for a 13-yard loss. Petras couldn’t convert on two subsequent passes before the Hawkeyes settled for a 45-yard field goal from Caleb Shudak to take a 24-14 lead with just over 12 minutes to go.
The real freshmen and the big games were the first-half highlight for Colorado State and Iowa.
Iowa scored early in the second quarter on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Petras to real first-year receiver Keagan Johnson. It happened on a practice where true first-year wide receiver Arland Bruce IV rounded the edge on a reverse play to gain 13 yards for a first down that put Iowa at 43.
Quarterback Todd Centeio was the Rams’ top forward for much of the first half as he took advantage of pass coverage to run the ball down the middle or to the sides for decisive wins. In the team’s first game of nine games and 35 yards, Centeio ran 15 yards to convert to third and 11 to put the Rams on Iowa 36. Officials reviewed Centeio’s 11 yards for close Trey McBride in third. -and-11, where McBride reached to smash the plane while he was out of bounds, to put the Rams on Iowa 22. Centeio threw the ball for a 10-yard touchdown three games later to put the Rams on the board, 7-7.
Just as Iowa was on the heels of yet another scoring workout sparked by a 49-yard completion at Johnson, real Colorado freshman Robert Floyd picked Petras on a tunnel screen to the left for 62 yards to set up a score workout.
The Rams covered 9 yards before a false start penalty put them back. Centeio found McBride for a 16-yard finish on the left sideline, then tight end Gary Williams in the apartment for a 3-yard touchdown to give the Rams a 14-7 lead before halftime.
It was the third week in a row that the Iowa defense forced a fumble, and without it the game would have been closer. But that’s all she wrote.
Comments: (319) -398-8387, [email protected]