Iowa vs. Iowa State score, takeaways: No. 10 Hawkeyes win sixth straight Cy-Hawk over No. 9 Cyclones

There were a couple of firsts Saturday as No. 9 Iowa State faced No. 10 Iowa. It was the first matchup in the history of the Cy-Hawk Trophy featuring two ranked teams. Iowa State was ranked in the top 10 for the first time in the history of the rivalry. Despite the uniqueness entering the meeting, Saturday's game followed the same script as most of the series in the Kirk Ferentz era as Iowa used a tremendous defensive performance and some heads-up special teams plays to top rival Iowa State 27-17 in Ames, Iowa. 

Iowa put together a vintage performance in the complete win. The Hawkeyes posted just 173 total yards and averaged 1.7 yards per carry, but they used four forced turnovers and a handful of nice special teams returns to dominate the rivalry. Defensive back Matt Hankins had a pair of interceptions. Punter Tory Taylor had a tremendous game with eight punts, including five within the 20-yard line and a 51.1 yards per punt average. 

Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy completed 13 of 27 passes for 138 yards and three interceptions before getting benched in the fourth quarter for freshman Hunter Dekkers. All-Big 12 running back Breece Hall accumulated 69 yards rushing, 24 yards receiving and the Cyclones' first touchdown. Dekkers threw a fourth-quarter touchdown to narrow the lead to 10, but by then, it was too late. 

Iowa's win gives the Hawkeyes a streak of six straight victories over the Cyclones dating back to the year before Matt Campbell took over at Iowa State. It's the longest losing streak in Ames since Iowa won 15 straight matchups between 1983-97. Even more unfortunate? The last six years represent the greatest stretch of success in Iowa State history, but that still hasn't been enough for the Cyclones to beat their greatest rival.

Here are my three biggest takeaways from the Hawkeyes' dominant victory. 

1. Ferentz still has Campbell's number

No matter how good Campbell has made this Iowa State program, Iowa continues to be his kryptonite. Losing 42-3 in his first matchup with a struggling team is one thing. Losing multiple matchups in Ames with nationally-relevant teams? That's confounding. The Hawkeyes' magic seemed to catch the Cyclones any time they appeared to be finding their footing. Hall lost a fumble within the 10-yard line that was returned for a scoop and score. Purdy had a ball bounce off a receiver's hands to stall a drive at midfield. Another was batted at the line. Iowa just seems to know every inch of Iowa State's identity, maybe because they've done it a similar way for so many years. Now, a whole class of Iowa players can graduate without ever losing to some of the best Iowa State teams in program history. 

2. Iowa is undervalued ...

The Hawkeyes came into the 2021 season ranked at No. 18, a respectable position but one that was notably cautious. After beating No. 17 Indiana and No. 9 Iowa State in back-to-back weeks, it's time to put that trepidation to the side. Especially on a day that Ohio State lost against a dynamic defense, Iowa should be seen as a legitimate contender in the Big Ten and the favorite in the Big Ten West. The last time Iowa won its first two games against ranked opponents was in 1960, part of an 8-1 campaign where the Hawkeyes finished No. 3 in the nation. Could Iowa flirt with the top five in the new AP Top 25? 

3. ... but its offense must improve

Over the years, we've seen that Iowa can win football games in a number of different ways. Interceptions and special teams can carry Iowa through most -- if not all -- of the Big Ten. But with a team this reliable, it's hard not to look ahead to a potential Big Ten title game against Ohio State and the dynamic receivers the Hawkeyes would face. 

Quarterback Spencer Petras was consistent and efficient, but the defense bailed the offense out a couple of times. Notably, Iowa posted just 23 total yards in the second half. Seven of them were through the air. Iowa has the tight end and running back talent to integrate the passing game in a more meaningful way against better opponents. But before we can consider Iowa a dark horse College Football Playoff team, which is in the cards, we first have to see them find some offensive consistency. 

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Season Leaders

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S. Petras 1333 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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S. Petras 1333 YD, 9 TDS, 6 INTS
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B. Purdy 1648 YD, 11 TDS, 4 INTS
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B. Purdy 1648 YD, 11 TDS, 4 INTS
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T. Goodson 136 ATT, 586 YD, 5 TDS
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T. Goodson 136 ATT, 586 YD, 5 TDS
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B. Hall 155 ATT, 818 YD, 11 TDS
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B. Hall 155 ATT, 818 YD, 11 TDS
receiving
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S. LaPorta 28 REC, 332 YD, 2 TDS
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S. LaPorta 28 REC, 332 YD, 2 TDS
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X. Hutchinson 46 REC, 539 YD, 5 TDS
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X. Hutchinson 46 REC, 539 YD, 5 TDS
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FINAL: Iowa 27, Iowa State 17

Huge victory for Iowa against a team meant to be the best in Iowa State history. The Hawkeyes dominated from beginning to end, even without scoring much offensively. 

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September 11, 2021, 11:50 PM
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Iowa still rolling, up by 17 points in the biggest game in Iowa State history. Tremendous performance by the Hawkeyes. You have to imagine they're about to shoot up in the rankings, especially as Ohio State, Texas A&M and Cincinnati all put together less-than-ideal performances. 

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New quarterback Hunter Dekkers in the game for Iowa State after Brock Purdy's miserable day. Purdy has completed just 13-of-27 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns so far. Dekkers is a redshirt freshman from Hawarden, Iowa. He completed 5-of-7 passes for 118 yards and a touchdown in reserve duty last season. 

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3Q: Iowa 24, Iowa State 10

For the second straight week, an Iowa defensive back has multiple interceptions in the same game. Last week it was Riley Moss. This time, it's Matt Hankins picking off Brock Purdy twice, two of four turnovers by Iowa State in a mistake-filled game. 

In comparison, Iowa has not turned over the ball at all. Iowa has just 144 yards through three quarters and it doesn't matter. This is a classic Iowa performance. 

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Another beauty from Iowa's special teams, which have been just tremendous today. Caleb Shudak converts on a 51-yard field goal to push the lead to 24-10 with 2:56 left in the third quarter. Iowa State has not scored in the second half. 

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Another interception by Brock Purdy as it bounces right off a receiver's hands. Everything is starting to go wrong in Ames. 

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Oh my, Cyclones. Breece Hall fumbles on a nice read and tackle by Jestin Jacobs and Jack Campbell picks it up to scoop-and-score for Iowa. Suddenly, the lead is 21-10 in the third quarter. 

The last five drives for Iowa State: punt, touchdown, punt, punt, fumble. 

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September 11, 2021, 10:48 PM
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Jake Hummel gets Spencer Petras right back on the next drive. These defenses are starting to take over the game. 

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It took 35 minutes but Iowa finally got its first negative play of the game – and it came in threes. Logan Lee caught Brock Purdy on the keeper for a two-yard loss and then Iowa caught Purdy for two consecutive sacks to force a critical punt. 

Iowa has the ball once again in plus territory with a chance to take a two-score lead over the Cyclones in Ames. 

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Here we go to start the second half. Iowa State starts with the ball at the 25-yard line after a touchback. 

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September 11, 2021, 10:20 PM
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Some halftime stats – 

RB Breece Hall, Iowa State: 10 carries for 37 yards, TD / 3 catches for 22 yards

QB Spencer Petras, Iowa: 9-of-14 for 99 yards passing, TD

DL Will McDonald, ISU: 1.5 sacks

DB Matt Hankins, Iowa: 1 tackle, 1 INT

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September 11, 2021, 10:05 PM
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Touchdown, Iowa State. The Cyclones put together an explosive drive to set up a 4-yard Breece Hall touchdown with seven seconds left in the first half. This game is just getting started. 

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