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Iowa beats Iowa State 20-13 to reclaim Cy-Hawk Trophy

The Cy-Hawk Trophy is returning to Iowa City. Jaziun Patterson rushed for 86 yards for the Hawkeyes, and Sebastian Castro had a pick-six for the Iowa defense.

AMES, Iowa — Jaziun Patterson rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown, Iowa's defense made a final stand in the last two minutes, and the Hawkeyes beat Iowa State 20-13 on Saturday to take back the Cy-Hawk Trophy and give Kirk Ferentz his 200th win as a Division I coach.

The Cyclones scored with 2:53 left to make it a seven-point game, and they got the ball back a minute later after forcing a three-and-out. But they turned over the ball on downs when Ethan Hurkett stuffed Cartevious Norton for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-1, and Cade McNamara took a knee twice to run out the clock.

Former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other Republican presidential candidates showed up for the 70th meeting of the cross-state rivals. The state holds the first nominating caucus next year.

The Hawkeyes, who lost 10-7 to the Cyclones in Iowa City last year, have won seven of the last eight meetings and lead the series 47-23.

Ferentz owns a 188-115 record in 25 seasons with the Hawkeyes. His other 12 wins came at Maine.

Iowa (2-0) put together drives of 70 and 80 yards on its first two possessions, taking a 10-0 lead on Patterson’s 4-yard run.

The lead grew to 17-0 on Sebastian Castro’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown with 4:29 left in the first half. Castro stepped in front of Rocco Becht’s pass intended for Norton and ran it in for the Hawkeyes' nation-leading 10th pick-six since 2020.

Iowa State cut the margin to 20-13 when Becht threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Higgins with 2:53 left in the game.

Iowa State won the matchup last year in Iowa City, 10-7. The Cyclones are now 1-1 on the year and the Hawkeyes are 2-0.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Fourth Quarter

  • 1:23 — After Joe Evans batted down a Rocco Becht pass on 3rd and 1, the Cyclones can't convert on 4th and 1. Iowa will win this one, 20-13.
  • 1:54 — Tory Taylor's punt goes for 35 yards. Iowa State will start at their own 31 with 1:48 to go.
  • 2:01 — The Cyclone defense stops Iowa on a 3rd and 1 run. They'll have one final chance to tie the game up.
  • 2:58 — Becht connects with Jayden Higgins on a 16-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 9. PAT is good. Iowa 20, Iowa State 13 with less than three minutes to play.
  • 3:11 — A holding call backs up the Cyclones offense, and on a 3rd and 18 Becht completes it to Jaylin Noel for nine yards.
  • 4:48 — Iowa State is driving, but a lot of clock coming off. We're under five minutes to play.
  • 10:00 — Iowa State defense limits Iowa, forcing them to punt.
  • 13:23 — Iowa State moves into Iowa territory but can't advance much further. Chase Contreraz makes a 46-yard field goal. Iowa leads 20-6.

Third Quarter

  • 0:00 — Third quarter comes to a close. Hawkeyes lead 20-3.
  • 2:38 — A Rocco Becht pass to Jayden Higgins is incomplete. Cyclones go three and out and punt the ball.
  • 4:07 — McNamara fires incomplete into the end zone. 34-yard field goal try from Drew Stevens is good. Iowa leads 20-3.
  • 8:01 — Cade McNamara hits tight end Erick All for a 23-yard gain into Iowa State territory. A big throw on 3rd and 1.
  • 13:41 — Iowa State forces a three-and-out from Iowa to start the second half. The Hawkeyes will punt.

HALFTIME — Iowa 17, Iowa State 3

  • Total Yards: Iowa 144, Iowa State 139
  • Third Downs: Iowa 2-for-6, Iowa State 5-for-11
  • Turnovers: Iowa 0, Iowa State 1

WATCH: First-half highlights

Second Quarter

  • 0:09 — Iowa State picks up a few first downs, moving into Iowa territory. Hawkeyes stop them on 3rd down. Chase Contreraz makes a 42-yard field goal. Iowa leads 17-3.
  • 4:36 Sebastian Castro jumps a Becht pass and takes it to the house. A pick-six. Iowa leads 17-0.
  • 5:26 — Under pressure on 3rd down, Cade McNamara launches a deep pass that is intercepted by Jeremiah Cooper.
  • 7:46 — After an Iowa State sack, the Hawkeyes punt it away. Iowa still up 10-0 halfway through the second quarter.
  • 9:11 — On 2nd and 3rd and 3, Rocco Becht fires two passes to Jaylin Noel but he isn't able to haul in either. Another punt for the Cyclones.
  • 13:42 — Jaziun Patterson runs it in for a 4-yard touchdown. Iowa up 10-0.

First Quarter

  • 5:59 — The Hawkeyes open up the scoring as Drew Stevens makes a 28-yard field goal. 3-0 Iowa.
  • 7:26 — On a 3rd and 1, freshman Jaziun Patterson busts open a huge run for a gain of 59 yards. 
  • 8:44 — A promising opening drive for the Iowa State offense ends with a thud as a 36-yard field goal attempt from Chase Contreraz is blocked by Logan Lee. (8:40)

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