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Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Iowa State Cyclones Preview and Predictions 09-14-2019


Iowa State struggled in its season opener against Northern Iowa but got an extra week to prepare for its biggest nonconference rival while sitting out Week 2. The Cyclones will try to notch a signature win of the first month when they host No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.

Iowa State needed three overtimes to earn a 29-26 victory over Northern Iowa and was happy for the extra week off to make necessary adjustments after the lackluster debut. "It's really good to have an opportunity to step back and say, 'Is what we're doing the right thing? Where do we need to get better? What are the things that might help our offense or might help our defense?' I believe it, too," offensive coordinator Tom Manning told the Ames Tribune. "There is a tremendous growth when you get one under your belt and figure out what's next." What's next is a date with a Hawkeyes team that knocked off its first two opponents by a combined score of 68-14 and tuned up for the rivalry by shutting out Rutgers 30-0 in Week 2. "(Iowa State gives) you looks that are similar to what we had last week with Rutgers, so hopefully it was good preparation," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz told the school's athletic website. "Iowa State has done a great job, and one of the secrets behind their success is the way they have been playing defense the last two years. We have a lot of respect for their offensive football team, they have done well moving the football, and they have played as good of defense as anybody in their conference the past two years."

TV: 4 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. LINE: Iowa - 2.5.

ABOUT IOWA (2-0): Hawkeyes quarterback Nate Stanley came into the season with high expectations and is living up to the hype with 488 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions through the first two games. "He really looks like he's comfortable and in control," Ferentz told reporters of Stanley. "Those two things. That's something you can't hand a player. It's a really tough position to play. ... He's worked hard and been through highs and lows and a lot more highs than lows, fortunately. I think right now we're seeing a guy who really feels good, and the guys around him are doing a good job, too." Stanley, a senior, is trying to go out 4-0 against the Cyclones after coming in as a backup his freshman year and starting the rivalry game the last two campaigns.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (1-0): The Cyclones managed to survive Northern Iowa in Week 1 thanks in large part to the connection between quarterback Brock Purdy and wide receiver Deshaunte Jones, who finished with career highs of 14 catches for 126 yards. "It wasn't the game plan to just throw the ball to Deshaunte in the early part of the game," Purdy told reporters. "It's just the way it happened. I feel comfortable passing to him. I feel comfortable throwing to all the guys. It could be someone else in the next game." The 14 catches for Jones, who was held to one catch in last season's 13-3 loss at Iowa, marked the most in a game for an Iowa State player since 1983.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Iowa leads the all-time series 44-22 and owns a four-game winning streak.

2. Cyclones DE JaQuon Bailey (18.5) needs one sack to pass Shawn Moorhead (2004-06) for the school record.

3. Hawkeyes DB Michael Ojemudia recorded an interception in each of the first two games.

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Stadium

Jack Trice Stadium
Ames, Iowa, USA.
Capacity: 55,000

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Last Injuries

Iowa State Cyclones

  • Colin Newell

    Knee
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Newell missed the last game with a right knee sprain, and it is uncertain if he will be able to take the field Saturday against UL Monroe.

  • Kene Nwangwu

    Shoulder
    Prob Sat | probable

    Nwangwu is dealing with a shoulder injury but is likely to play against Iowa on Saturday.

Iowa Hawkeyes

  • Brandon Smith

    Shoulder
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Smith left the last game after suffering a shoulder or collarbone injury, and it is unknown if he will return to action Sept. 28 against Middle Tennessee State.

  • Brady Reiff

    Leg
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Reiff missed the last game with a leg injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 28.

  • Kaevon Merriweather

    Foot
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Merriweather sat out the previous game with a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will be in the lineup Sept. 28 against Middle Tennessee State.

  • Matt Hankins

    Leg
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Hankins sat out the previous contest with a leg injury, and it is uncertain if he will be healthy enough to play Sept. 28 against Middle Tennessee State.

  • Charlie Jones

    Eligibility
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Jones has missed the previous two games while waiting for the NCAA to make a ruling about his eligibility. It is undetermined if he will be cleared in time for the battle against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 28.

  • Jack Combs

    Eligibility
    Ques Sept 28 | questionable

    Combs has sat out the previous three games while tending to an eligibility issue. It is uncertain if he will be cleared to play Sept. 28 against Middle Tennessee State.

  • Alaric Jackson

    Knee
    Late Sept | out

    Jackson suffered a sprain and a bone bruise to his right knee. He is projected to be out of action until at least the end of September.

  • Mekhi Sargent

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Sargent is tending to a hand injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Iowa State on Saturday.

iowa-state-cyclones-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Brock Purdy 2 0 147.248 0 75 54 0 0 0 3 554
Deshaunte Jones 2 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 51
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Kene Nwangwu 2 0 84 0 10 0
Johnnie Lang 2 0 66 0 16 0
Sheldon Croney Jr. 2 0 56 0 13 1
Breece Hall 2 0 47 0 12 0
Brock Purdy 2 0 23 0 11 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tarique Milton 2 0 162 0 10 0 1
Deshaunte Jones 2 0 157 0 18 0 0
La'Michael Pettway 2 0 109 0 8 0 3
Charlie Kolar 2 0 98 0 9 0 0
Sheldon Croney Jr. 2 0 24 0 4 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Greg Eisworth 2 0 12 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Mike Rose 2 0 9 6 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Lawrence White 2 0 8 11 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Marcel Spears Jr. 2 0 8 9 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2
O'Rien Vance 2 0 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 22 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Connor Assalley 2 0 4 5 42 4 4
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Johnnie Lang 2 0 3 0 24 46
Kene Nwangwu 2 0 1 0 23 23
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Brock Purdy 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
Datrone Young 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sheldon Croney Jr. 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brock Purdy 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Deshaunte Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Joe Rivera 2 0 0 272 0 44 7 0 0
La'Michael Pettway 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Sheldon Croney Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Datrone Young 2 0 1 0 0 0

iowa-hawkeyes-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Nate Stanley 3 0 146.963 0 93 59 0 0 0 6 689
Spencer Petras 1 0 61.200 0 6 3 0 0 0 0 8
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 208 0 40 1
Toren Young 3 0 120 0 22 1
Tyler Goodson 3 0 105 0 22 0
Nate Stanley 3 0 40 0 17 1
Ivory Kelly-Martin 2 0 20 0 5 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 194 0 11 0 3
Nico Ragaini 3 0 109 0 9 0 0
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 102 0 9 0 0
Brandon Smith 3 0 99 0 9 0 1
Tyrone Tracy Jr. 3 0 79 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Djimon Colbert 3 0 12 9 0 0 1 6 1 0 0 2
Geno Stone 3 0 9 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kristian Welch 3 0 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Chauncey Golston 3 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
D.J. Johnson 1 0 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Keith Duncan 3 0 8 8 46 8 8
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 3 0 22 54
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Brandon Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ihmir Smith-Marsette 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Mekhi Sargent 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Michael Sleep-Dalton 3 0 0 557 0 57 12 0 0
Nate Stanley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Nico Ragaini 3 0 5 0 16 42