Saturday gave us a thriller in Ames. Iowa State rattled off three straight touchdowns to turn a 21-10 deficit into a 31-21 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Iowa stormed back to win 44-41 in overtime. The Team Out East has won three straight in the series with the Team Out Wherever.
There were several things that emerged from Saturday’s game, so let’s go Behind The Numbers.
46 – En route to piling up 260 total yards, Akrum Wadley provided one of the best highlights in Hawkeye football lore with a 46-yard touchdown reception to tie the game 38-38. Wadley made the catch near the line of scrimmage, then used his voodoo magic all the way to the end zone, running past multiple Iowa State defenders (I think another defensive back just fell, actually). After two games, Wadley is fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game and 25th in the nation in rush yards per game.
5 – Nate Stanley put together another strong performance in his second career start, firing five touchdown passes. Stanley went 27-of-41 for 333 yards and is the first quarterback in school history with 300-plus pass yards and five-plus touchdowns since Chuck Hartlieb in 1987. Stanley’s eight passing scores through two games ranks third in the nation.
41 – Want balance? Brian Ferentz has your balance right here. New OC Brian Ferentz is finding his comfort zone, clearly utilizing Stanley’s arm talent and Wadley’s playmaking ability. Iowa rushed 41 times and passed 41 times. Plus, the Hawkeyes weren’t victims of poor field position — four of the five touchdowns in regulation were on drives of 89 yards or more.
2 – Freshman Ihmir Smith-Marsette tallied four catches for 36 yards and two touchdowns. The two scores were both impressive diving catches, including the game-winning catch in overtime. ISM, as we should start calling him, fumbled in his first collegiate game last week, but bounced back in his second opportunity in the black and gold.