MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nate Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes for an aggressive Iowa offense, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth straight time.
Stanley completed 23 of 39 attempts for 314 yards, finding T.J. Hockenson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Nick Easley and Noah Fant for scores. Hockenson added a short touchdown run on a fake field goal to help the Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) hoist the Floyd of Rosedale bronze pig trophy for the 14th time in the last 18 meetings.
Annexstad finished 17 for 33 for 218 yards and three touchdowns, as the Gophers (3-2, 0-2) continued their growing pains on offense behind the true freshman walk-on quarterback despite some flashes of success.
Anthony Nelson had three sacks for Iowa. Freshmen Riley Moss (two) and Julius Brents (one) got their first career starts at cornerback and picked off Annexstad a combined three times. Moss, a frequent target in man-to-man coverage, had an interception in the end zone late in the second quarter that he hauled in while landing on his back.
Hockenson, who teamed with Fant to give the Hawkeyes seven receptions for 105 yards from their tight ends, supplied the most exciting and surprising play in a game that was filled with highlight-reel moments between two typically defensive-oriented teams.
On fourth-and-goal from the 4, normally conservative Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz sent the field-goal team out but ordered the swinging-gate formation with the entire line except the center shifted right. The snap went diagonally to Hockenson, who hustled in to the corner of the end zone with plenty of blocking in front of him.
Though they trailed 14-0 and 21-7, the Gophers sure didn’t wilt. The fearless Annexstad, who hobbled off the field with an apparent aggravation of his sprained ankle after one of Nelson’s sacks in the second quarter, kept winding up and going deep. Sometimes he threw too high and other times into double coverage, but he found Rashod Bateman seven times for 65 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Johnson six times for 107 yards and a score.
Stanley made a glaring mistake on the first play after the first interception by Moss, when he rolled right and threw into traffic with 1:12 left before halftime. Jacob Huff picked the ball off at the 27 and returned it to the 6, setting up Johnson’s touchdown catch.
In the third quarter, Carter Coughlin blew by left tackle Alaric Jackson for a strip-sack of Stanley that was recovered by Thomas Barber at the 10 and returned to the 3 to set up a touchdown run by Seth Green that cut Iowa’s lead to 31-24.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Only guaranteed one series, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy made it count and ended up playing the rest of the game for Iowa State.
Purdy completed 18 of 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a touchdown, to help Iowa State beat No. 25 Oklahoma State 48-42 on Saturday.
A true freshman who had played just one series before this game, Purdy stepped in for Zeb Noland — who was starting his fourth straight game in place of injured starter Kyle Kempt — on the second series and immediately sparked Iowa State (2-3, 1-2 Big 12).
“I’m really proud of our football team today,” coach Matt Campbell said. “We told Brock that he’d play the second series and see what happened from there. I just thought there were some things that he could open up for us. I thought he did a really good job today. He’s a guy that has playmaking abilities.”
The Cyclones entered the day ranked last in the Big 12 in both scoring (17.5 points per game, 122nd in the nation out of 130) and yards (299.5 per game, 123rd overall) but reached season highs in both categories, amassing 465 yards overall.
With Iowa State missing leading rusher David Montgomery because of an upper body injury, Purdy also led the Cyclones in rushing. He had 84 yards, including a 29-yard TD run, on 19 carries.
“I think it forces another threat that (opponents) have to be ready for,” Campbell said about Purdy’s ability to run. “He gives you a little bit of everything. I think that’s important and it is certainly something that he brings to the table.”
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles admitted that his team wasn’t sure what to expect when Purdy entered the game and Montgomery didn’t play.
“The first couple of series were three-and-out, so you thought, ‘OK, we’re going to get what we had planned for,’ and then we got a lot of things that we had not planned for,” Knowles said. “It was difficult to kind of hone in on it, to get down to what they were doing. I thought we did eventually, but it took too long, and that’s where you give up too many points, while you’re trying to adjust.”
Tyler Cornelius was 19 of 33 passing for 289 yards and four touchdowns for Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2), which lost its second consecutive home game. The Big 12’s leading rusher, Justice Hill, was limited to 66 yards on 24 carries, a 2.8-yard average. He did score a touchdown in his 12th straight game, which set a new Big 12 record.
“Our protections weren’t very good,” Cowboys coach Mike Gundy said. “We got into too many situations where we put pressure on Taylor and forced him to run out of the pocket. That was a big factor offensively, just not being able to protect and get the ball thrown down the field.”
Purdy and Cornelius had one interception apiece.
Iowa State won its third consecutive game on the road against a ranked opponent.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Easton Stick had two scoring runs and a touchdown pass and North Dakota State scored 28 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a rout with a 56-31 thumping of Northern Iowa in Missouri Valley Football Conference play on Saturday.
The Bison (5-0, 2-0), the top-ranked FCS team in the coaches’ poll, trailed the 22nd-ranked Panthers (2-3, 1-1) by three points entering the fourth quarter. That’s when Stick took over the game.
NDSU’s senior quarterback started the scoring burst with a 75-yard strike to Bruce Anderson on the first play of a drive just 11 seconds into the fourth quarter for a 35-31 lead. Stick added a 1-yard TD plunge and a 31-yard TD run on the Bison’s next two possessions. Adam Cofield added a 25-yard TD run to cap the scoring as NDSU finished with TDs on all four fourth-quarter possessions.
Stick completed just nine passes for 179 yards, but four of them went for TDs. He added 35 yards rushing.
Eli Dunne passed for 362 yards and three TDs for the Panthers.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards and one touchdown, the 330-pound Linval Joseph returned a fumble 64 yards for a score and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-21 Sunday in a rematch of last season’s NFC championship game.
Carson Wentz and the rest of Philadelphia’s offense again struggled as the defending Super Bowl champions fell to 2-3.
Nick Foles led the Eagles to a 38-7 rout over Case Keenum and Minnesota’s top-ranked defense in the title game on his way to earning MVP honors against New England.
Dan Bailey, who missed two field goals earlier, nailed a 52-yard field goal to extend the lead to 23-14 with 2:47 left.
Wentz fired a 7-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz to cut it to 23-21 with 1:09 left but Adam Thielen recovered the onside kick.
The Vikings (2-2-1) got an excellent performance from Cousins, who completed 30 of 37 passes, to avoid falling further behind in the NFC North. Cousins became the first player in NFL history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Jimmy Butler may or may not be traded before Minnesota opens the season on Oct. 17 at San Antonio. However, it appears increasingly inevitable that Butler won’t be with the Timberwolves this season, and they’ve only got one more chance to start learning how to play without the four-time All-Star before the games start counting. Minnesota played its second-to-last preseason game at Hilton Coliseum, Iowa State’s home floor.
MASON CITY — #5/3A Osage beat #7/4A Waverly-Shell Rock in the championship of the Mason City High volleyball tournament on Saturday. The Green Devils needed three sets to down the Go-Hawks 25-23, 22-25, and 16-14. The host Mohawks went 1-2 in pool play, beating Webster City but falling to Central Springs and Waverly-Shell Rock. Central Springs ended up 2-2 on the day, St. Ansgar was 1-2 while Clear Lake lost all three of their matches.