Editor’s note: This story by Register sports writer Randy Peterson originally ran on Sept. 13, 1998, the day after Iowa State broke Iowa’s 15-game winning streak in the Cy-Hawk series. It was the last Cy-Hawk game for Hayden Fry, and the first in a five-game winning streak for the Cyclones.
Iowa City, Ia. – Feel that aftershock about 2:15 p.m. Saturday? It came from the eastern part of the state where, suddenly, what once leaned that was tipped to the west.
Raise the roof, Iowa State football fans. After 15 extremely frustrating years, it’s your turn to boast, brag and tell everyone you know that – for the first time since 1982 – it’s a Cyclone state.
The way it happened is almost beyond comprehension: The game was at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa was a four-touchdown favorite, Iowa State’s recent road record was a less-than-optimistic 0-30-1 and the Cyclones opened the season with a loss against lowly Texas Christian.
But someone forgot to tell that to tailback Darren Davis, quarterback Todd Bandhauer and offensive left tackle Ben Beaudet. They didn’t care who was favored. To them, it was a nothing-to-lose and everything-to-gain deal.
On this occasion, Iowa State fans everywhere gained the most.
The Cyclones played great football. Iowa didn’t play so great and that was why Iowa State shocked the football world with a 27-9 victory in front of 70,397 mostly Iowa fans.
And now for the aftershock. It came from massive Iowa State players jumping for joy as the final seconds ticked off the clock. It came from the hundreds of Iowa State fans who swarmed Iowa’s field. It came from thousands of Iowa fans who started to leave with 8 minutes remaining in the game.
“I don’t know that in 100 years I could have envisioned that score, over here, against a tremendous traditional program like theirs,” said Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney, whose seventh career coaching victory in his fourth season became one of the biggest in school history.
“I thought Darren Davis was sensational. And our offensive line, which really played poorly last week, improved a lot in one week’s time. The defense, anytime you can control the ball and hold a tremendous Iowa team to only nine points it’s a great job.”
FROM THE VAULT:
Nine points … and only 42 rushing yards.
“There wasn’t any question Iowa State deserved to win the ballgame,” said Iowa Coach Hayden Fry, who lost to the Cyclones for the first time since a 19-7 setback in 1982. “They beat us on offense, defense and I imagine the kicking game. It seems like every time they punted, it stopped inside the five-yard line.”
Davis spun his way for 244 yards on 37 carries against a defense that was supposed to be pretty good, yet was missing some starters because of injuries. Davis had 169 yards in the first half to help the Cyclones to a 20-3 lead.
“Every time I touched the ball, I saw 5 yards of open space,” he said. “My eyes lit up.”
No one was about to argue, including Iowa all-America defensive tackle Jared DeVries, who couldn’t play every play because he had muscle cramps in the hot weather. Starting linebacker Matt Hughes and starting defensive back Eric Thigpen played less than half the game.
“He was elusive, spinning out of a lot of tackles,” DeVries said of Davis. “Their offensive line did a heck of a job.”
Iowa’s coach agreed.
“I thought the little Davis kid was just phenomenal,” Fry said. “We weren’t able to lock him up and get our arms around him because of all the bend-back stuff he did. He’s so tiny he hides behind that massive offensive line, then, boom, the next thing you see is him running somewhere.”
Kyle McCann replaced Randy Reiners as Iowa’s starting quarterback. He didn’t have a great game, but it wasn’t always his fault. Receivers dropped passes. He overthrew receivers. For the second game in a row, the blocking broke down.
Reiners didn’t start because of a knee injury suffered last Saturday against Central Michigan.
“Kyle’s beaten up, but he tells me he should be all right by the middle of next week,” Fry said. “We don’t know when Randy will be back.”
The momentum was set early. Iowa punter Jason Baker got a high snap from center on the Hawkeye 25-yard line ono the fourth play of the game. Kevin Wilson blocked it, Ryan Sloth recovered at the 12-yard line and three plays later, Davis ran 12 yards for a touchdown.
Iowa’s special team mistakes could take credit for Iowa State’s second touchdown, too. The Hawkeyes defense forced the Cyclones to punt at their 22-yard line in the first quarter. Kahlil Hill looked skyward and flubbed the high boot.
Dawan Anderson recovered. Iowa State had a first down at Iowa’s 30-yard line. Six plays later, Jamie Kohl’s 28-yard field goal led to a 10-0 lead.
“From the first punt, when we got a bad snap from center and they blocked it, it gave them a lot of momentum and they took advantage of it,” Fry said. “It’s been 16 years coming, and (Iowa State) played like it.”
Ten points on two punts.
“Playing here in Iowa City, it was important that we got off to a good start like that,” McCarney said.
Iowa got its first points on a 48-yard field goal from Tim Douglas. Iowa State countered on its next series, driving 80 yards in 11 plays. Joe Parmentier capped it with a 1-yard burst into the end zone with 10:21 left in the second quarter.
“Our offense did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage,” said Parmentier, normally used as a blocker. “They were able to do something not many teams are able to do against Iowa.”
Kohl made it 20-3 with a 24-yard field goal with 2 minutes remaining in the first half. Parmentier made it 27-3 when he capped the Cyclones’ first drive of the second half with his second 1-yard touchdown.
“We made too many mistakes,” Fry said. “Our guys were trying hard, but we couldn’t block them consistently. Kyle McCann was fighting for his life on about half the passes he attempted. Then we had four or five key passes dropped. We had quite a few penalties, particularly on first down, that set us back.”
So for the first time since 1982, it’s a Cyclone state.
“There’s no way I could have predicted the way I feel right now,” Bandhauer said.
“It’s beyond words.”