AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University wore throwback jerseys for Saturday’s football game against Iowa.
The Hawkeyes played throwback football.
Iowa ended two years of frustration against its instate rival by going old school, lining up with two running backs and two tight ends and forcing the Cyclones to deal with four quarters of ground ‘em, pound ‘em football which led the Hawkeyes to a 27-21 victory at Jack Trice Stadium.
Iowa’s final run of the night was the one the Hawkeyes savored the most, the trophy dash to the ISU sideline to hoist the Cy-Hawk Trophy for the first time since 2010.
“That thing’s heavy,’’ defensive end Dominic Alvis said. “But, I waited two years to have a chance to have it in my hands and as a senior, it means everything to me.’’
He wasn’t alone.
“We’ve been waiting a long time to be able to do this and it feels good,’’ receiver Kevonte Martin-Manley said.
Iowa State simply had no answer for the power of Mark Weisman, who carried the ball a career-high 35 times for 145 yards while topping the 100-yard mark for the third time in as many games this season.
As a team, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 60 times for 218 yards against the Cyclones as they built up a 16-minute edge in position time.
“That just tells you how the line was playing,’’ Weisman said. “Those guys up front, they were controlling things, giving us all room to work. This was a big week for us, a big game and we got it done.’’
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was in no position to argue.
“Weisman is a hard-nosed runner in a hard-nosed style of offense,’’ Rhoads said. “That was old-fashion football out there. They ran very effectively, and controlled the line of scrimmage.’’
The Hawkeyes put the game out of reach with a pair of time-consuming touchdown drives which answered Iowa State’s first score of the game, a 67-yard score by Quenton Bundrage which cut the Iowa lead to 13-7 with 5 minutes, 28 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Weisman carried the load on the first before quarterback Jake Rudock hit Jacob Hillyer with a 26-yard touchdown catch, the first of the sophomore’s career.
“To be able to answer that score, that was big for us,’’ Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “That’s something teams need to be able to do as they develop.’’
On the Hawkeyes’ next possession, Iowa ran with the ball on 14 of 15 snaps on a 73-yard march that took more than seven-and-a-half minutes and ended on a 1-yard run by Rudock to leave ISU in a 27-7 hole with 7:05 to play.
Held to 59 yards rushing by the Hawkeyes, the Cyclones did rally late as Bundrage finished off a career night that saw him catch seven passes for 146 yards with touchdown grabs of 26 and 17 yards in the final minutes.
ISU attempted two onside kicks, recovering the first, to give itself a late chance.
“They made us earn, but we knew they would,’’ Ferentz said. “We expected a tough game here. It’s never easy.’’
Iowa dominated the game in the trenches in the first half, limiting the Cyclones to 10 yards rushing and 61 total yards during a first half that saw Mike Meyer hit two field goals in the final two minutes to give the Hawkeyes a 13-0 lead at the break.
The last came from 38 yards with 10 seconds remaining in the half following a 27-yard interception return by James Morris to the ISU 25-yard line.
“I was kind of hoping to run it all the way back, but that receiver (Bundrage) ran me down,’’ Morris said. “It was a good start for us, though, what we hoped to do. We’re making progress.’’
So is Rudock, who overcame some adversity of his own during the first quarter of his first college road game.
Iowa moved the ball to the Iowa State 21-yard line with just under five minutes left in the first quarter when Rudock fumbled as he was sacked by David Irving and the Cyclones’ Cory Morrissey recovered.
Rudock answered by orchestrating the Hawkeyes’ lone first half touchdown drive on the next possession, hitting Martin-Manley for a 6-yard score to complete a 10-play, 71-yard march.
“He was very composed, especially for his first trip here,’’ Ferentz said. “He didn’t let mistakes get to him, kept his head down and kept at it. That’s one of the things we like about him.’’