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No. 24 Iowa State barely survives, beats FCS Drake 27-24

AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State insisted on playing 12 games, cycling through a pair of FCS opponents before settling on tiny Drake.

That decision nearly resulted in the most embarrassing loss in school history.

David Montgomery ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and No. 24 Iowa State survived a near-upset by the non-scholarship Bulldogs on Saturday, winning 27-24.

Brock Purdy had 153 yards passing and a TD and ran for another score for the Cyclones (8-4), who fought through persistent rain and a muddy, torn-up field for their seventh win in eight games.

It hardly felt like a victory, though, against a team that agreed to play this makeup game only two weeks ago, and Iowa State coach Matt Campbell blamed the close call on execution instead of effort.

''I don't know that we played with great detail on a surface like that, where every inch matters,'' Campbell said.

Iowa State's opener against South Dakota State was canceled (lightning) and the Jackrabbits' replacement, Incarnate Word, backed out after reaching the FCS playoffs.

The Bulldogs, buoyed by conditions that made footing more important than formations, forced turnovers on back-to-back possessions to open the second half. They turned the second one, a pick of Kyle Kempt, into a 19-yard TD pass from Grant Kraemer to Devin Cates and a stunning 24-20 lead with 3:37 left in the third quarter.

That finally woke the Cyclones up.

They responded with a 7-yard touchdown reception by Deshaunte Jones to jump back on top, and Spencer Benton and JaQuan Bailey came up with huge fourth-quarter sacks to force Drake punts.

Montgomery's 2-yard run on a 3rd-down-and-1 with 1:26 left sealed it for the relieved Cyclones.

''Sometimes people outside of our program define us because we're non-scholarship,'' Drake coach Rick Fox said. ''I think you saw the kind of guys, the kind of athletes, the kind of competitors we have.''

Kraemer threw for 221 yards and three TDs for the Bulldogs (7-4). They outgained Iowa State 279-273.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclones have long prided themselves on having one of the nation's best grass gridirons. But seven home games and a morning filled with sleet, snow and rain - at times, all happening at once - literally leveled the playing field. It was so muddy that Iowa State's band wasn't allowed to perform at halftime. Still, the Cyclones looked uninspired at best - and it might have made them less desirable when bowls make their picks on Sunday. ''If it does, so be it. All we can be is us,'' Campbell said.

Drake: The Bulldogs made the most of their moment on a big stage, and Fox should be applauded for having his guys ready to go on short notice. To blame this loss all on Iowa State would be unfair, because the Bulldogs looked the part from the opening whistle. ''Watching their film, we kind of knew where the open holes were going to be,'' Kraemer said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's hard to believe Iowa State is one of the 25 best teams in America after that debacle.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Drake opened the scoring with a 7-yard TD pass from Kraemer to Zach DeLeon and had the game tied up at 14-all early in the second quarter after a 10-play, 83-yard touchdown drive. Iowa State appeared set to begin pulling away after Purdy's 11-yard TD run made it a 20-14 game at halftime - but the slippery conditions caused Purdy to fumble deep in Iowa State territory early in the third quarter, leading to a Drake field goal. Kempt then threw a pick because of a bad read, not a wet football, and the Bulldogs drove 54 yards to take the lead. ''The field, it was awful,'' Iowa State receiver Hakeeem Butler said.

HE SAID IT

''When we got out to the game, my only thought was, `Yeah, this is exactly who I thought they'd be,''' Drake defensive end Nathan Clayberg said. ''They're going to be big. They're going to be strong. They're going to be good football players. So are we.''

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:26
96-C.Assalley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
27
Touchdown 0:30
15-B.Purdy complete to 8-D.Jones. 8-D.Jones runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
67
yds
3:17
pos
24
26
Point After TD 3:37
99-D.Donley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
20
Touchdown 4:10
15-G.Kraemer complete to 1-D.Cates. 1-D.Cates runs 19 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
69
yds
04:10
pos
23
20
Field Goal 11:20
99-D.Donley 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
20
yds
01:40
pos
17
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Point After Touchdown 2:13
96-C.Assalley extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
14
20
Touchdown 2:13
15-B.Purdy runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
22
yds
02:42
pos
14
20
Point After TD 9:42
99-D.Donley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 10:20
15-G.Kraemer complete to 82-T.Pugh. 82-T.Pugh runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
65
yds
04:35
pos
13
14
Point After TD 14:55
96-C.Assalley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 15:00
32-D.Montgomery runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
8
plays
51
yds
03:35
pos
7
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:38
96-C.Assalley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:20
32-D.Montgomery runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
65
yds
02:03
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:23
99-D.Donley extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:30
15-G.Kraemer complete to 87-Z.DeLeon. 87-Z.DeLeon runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
7
yds
00:40
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 17
Rushing 5 8
Passing 9 8
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 6-14 8-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-3
Total Net Yards 262 264
Total Plays 59 67
Avg Gain 4.4 3.9
Net Yards Rushing 58 114
Rush Attempts 30 42
Avg Rush Yards 1.9 2.7
Net Yards Passing 204 150
Comp. - Att. 20-29 17-25
Yards Per Pass 7.0 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-17 1-9
Penalties - Yards 5-50 2-15
Touchdowns 3 4
Rushing TDs 0 3
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 5-34.4 2-38.0
Return Yards 75 111
Punts - Returns 1--1 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-67 5-92
Int. - Returns 1-9 1-19
Kicking 4/4 3/4
Extra Points 3/3 3/4
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Drake 7-4 7710024
24 Iowa State 8-4 7137027
204 PASS YDS 150
58 RUSH YDS 114
262 TOTAL YDS 264
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Kraemer 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69% 221 3 1 160.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.8% 2703 28 13 143.8
G. Kraemer 20/29 221 3 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
G. Kraemer 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 -7 1
G. Kraemer 7 12 0 11
D. Lauer 20 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
148 511 3
D. Lauer 6 0 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
Z. DeLeon 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 68 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 334 4
Z. DeLeon 4 68 1 27
D. Cates 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 53 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 570 4
D. Cates 4 53 1 23
W. Purdom 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 37 1
W. Purdom 2 34 0 18
S. Doran 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
55 949 12
S. Doran 3 31 0 14
D. Lauer 20 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 289 2
D. Lauer 4 30 0 15
I. Skinner 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 62 0
I. Skinner 1 4 0 4
T. Pugh 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 2 1
T. Pugh 1 2 1 2
S. Feller 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 114 0
S. Feller 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Morgan 32 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
E. Morgan 1-0 1.0 0
K. Severa 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
K. Severa 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
D. Donley 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
10/10 37/40
D. Donley 1/1 26 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Kennedy 10 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 34.4 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
57 37.1 2
R. Kennedy 5 34.4 2 43
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Wallen 5 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 8.8 0 0
T. Wallen 1 -1.0 -1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Purdy 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.2% 153 1 0 141.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 1935 16 5 172.7
B. Purdy 15/22 153 1 0
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 6 0 1 16.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.7% 160 0 1 104.6
K. Kempt 2/3 6 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
33 145 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
231 1092 12
D. Montgomery 33 145 2 39
T. Milton 14 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
T. Milton 1 3 0 3
S. Croney Jr. 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 40 1
S. Croney Jr. 1 -1 0 -1
B. Purdy 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 -16 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
90 262 3
B. Purdy 4 -16 1 11
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Butler 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 67 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 1126 9
H. Butler 4 67 0 24
D. Jones 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 37 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
42 360 4
D. Jones 4 37 1 15
M. Eaton 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 293 2
M. Eaton 2 32 0 17
T. Milton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 417 1
T. Milton 3 14 0 8
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 102 0
D. Montgomery 2 6 0 8
C. Kolar 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 137 3
C. Kolar 1 3 0 3
K. Nwangwu 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
K. Nwangwu 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Benton 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
S. Benton 1-0 1.0 0
Ja. Bailey 3 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
Ja. Bailey 1-0 1.0 0
B. Peavy 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Peavy 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Assalley 96 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/4
SEASON FG XP
14/20 34/36
C. Assalley 0/0 0 3/4 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Rivera 98 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 38.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 38.0 0
J. Rivera 2 38.0 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Nwangwu 3 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.0 26 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 26.7 26 0
K. Nwangwu 3 22.0 26 0
S. Croney Jr. 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
S. Croney Jr. 1 17.0 17 0
J. Lang 24 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 12.5 9 0
J. Lang 1 9.0 9 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWAST 35 1:50 6 8 Punt
10:10 IOWAST 7 0:40 2 7 TD
6:38 IOWAST 35 2:08 7 14 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 IOWAST 35 4:35 11 65 TD
6:45 DRA 37 1:45 3 8 Punt
2:13 IOWAST 35 0:53 4 -9 Punt
0:25 DRA 30 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:00 IOWAST 29 1:40 5 20 FG
8:20 DRA 46 4:10 9 54 TD
0:26 IOWAST 35 0:06 8 17 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:50 DRA 25 2:10 4 19 Punt
6:25 IOWAST 46 2:55 7 1 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:40 IOWAST 26 2:10 4 -19 Downs
9:23 DRA 35 2:03 6 65 TD
4:25 IOWAST 49 3:35 8 51 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:42 DRA 35 2:27 9 38 Downs
4:55 DRA 22 2:42 6 22 TD
1:12 IOWAST 38 0:42 5 33 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:11 DRA 35 0:00 6 10 Fumble
11:15 DRA 35 2:25 7 11 INT
3:37 DRA 35 3:22 12 67 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:30 IOWAST 19 1:10 3 9 Punt
8:10 IOWAST 13 1:40 3 3 Punt
3:25 IOWAST 20 2:40 7 24