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Live updates | Iowa football squares off with Iowa State for 2023 Cy-Hawk Trophy

The Hawkeyes and Cyclones will kick off at 2:35 p.m. at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa.
Ayrton Breckenridge
Iowa wide receiver Seth Anderson celebrates after scoring a touchdown during a football game between No. 25 Iowa and Utah State at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. The Hawkeyes defeated the Aggies, 24-14.

AMES, Iowa — The Iowa football team will continue its 2023 campaign with a 2:35 p.m. kickoff against the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

Today’s matchup between the two marks their 70th overall meeting, the Hawkeyes leading the all-time rivalry with 46 wins to the Cyclones’ 23. The Cyclones took the Cy-Hawk Trophy back to Ames last season upon beating the Hawkeyes, 10-7, in Iowa City.

Iowa opened its 2023 season with a 24-14 win against the Utah State Aggies on Sept. 2 behind 191 yards and two touchdowns on 17-of-30 passing from senior quarterback Cade McNamara.

McNamara is currently listed as questionable to start today’s game against the Cyclones but will likely start, the status coming only as a precautionary measure for the soft tissue injury he sustained to his leg at an open practice in August.

Iowa State also won its season opener on Sept. 2, beating Northern Iowa, 30-9.

Cyclone redshirt freshman quarterback Rocco Becht — starting in place of redshirt junior Hunter Dekkers amid the NCAA’s investigation into Dekkers’ underage gambling — threw two touchdowns of his own and rushed one more in the game in addition to 113 yards on 10-of-13 passing.

Becht will start today’s game alongside sophomore running back Cartevious Norton, the Cyclones’ primary running back in the backfield who ran 11 attempts for 50 yards last week.

COIN TOSS: The Hawkeyes won the toss and deferred, so they will kickoff and defend the south goal.

8:40 1Q — Iowa 0, ISU 0. A slow and steady Cyclone drive of quick passes moved Iowa State well into Iowa territory. But a Hawkeye stop on third down brought in the Cyclones’ field goal unit — and the attempt was blocked by Iowa senior Logan Lee. Iowa will take over.

5:56 1Q — Iowa 3, ISU 0. A massive 59-yard run from Iowa redshirt freshman running back Jaziun Patterson moved the Hawkeyes into the red-zone for a scoring opportunity, but a pass block from Iowa State’s Ikenna Ezeogu forced Iowa to settle for a field goal from sophomore Drew Stevens.

3:19 1Q — Iowa 3, ISU 0. Iowa’s Kyler Fisher and Cooper DeJean swarmed an Iowa State run attempt on third down for a loss of four, bringing out the Cyclones’ punt unit. The Hawkeyes will take over on their own 20 yard line.

End 1Q — Iowa 3, ISU 0. A pass interference penalty on Iowa State junior cornerback Myles Purchase saved Iowa’s drive and allowed Iowa tight end Luke Lachey to break free for a 35-yard catch up the middle. Iowa’s senior quarterback Cade McNamara has 49 passing yards so far.

13:39 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. Iowa’s Patterson took the ball up the middle for a four-yard run into the end zone, the Hawkeyes’ first touchdown of the game. The drive lasted eight plays for 80 yards in four minutes and 40 seconds.

10:51 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. A short pass over the middle seems to become commonplace for the Cyclones, not enough to bring about a first and 10. The Hawkeyes will take over on their own 23.

9:49 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. A tackle for a five-yard loss from Iowa State’s redshirt freshman linebacker Carson Willich on second down sets the Cyclones up for a three-and-out defensive effort. Iowa’s McNamara overthrew Lachey on third down, and Tory Taylor launched a 51-yard punt on fourth. The Cyclones will take over.

8:59 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. Two dropped passes from the Cyclones forced Iowa State into a 50-yard punt, and Iowa will take the ball back at its own 12.

7:33 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. It’s the battle of the punters today. Iowa’s McNamara was sacked on third down, so Taylor came back out to punt. But Iowa junior cornerback Cooper DeJean is all over the ball. He has six total tackles today.

6:45 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. A pass breakup from Iowa cornerback DeShaun Lee — in his second start — brings Iowa State sophomore punter Tyler Perkins back onto the field. His punt goes a whopping 63 yards.

5:19 2Q — Iowa 10, ISU 0. Iowa senior quarterback Cade McNamara is picked off in Iowa State territory, the pass intended for senior receiver Nico Ragaini. That marks the Michigan transfer’s first interception thrown in an Iowa uniform, although it looked like there was room for a potential defensive pass interference call on the Cyclones that went uncalled. Iowa State ball.

4:29 2Q — Iowa 17, ISU 0. But right back at you — Iowa senior defensive back Sebastian Castro picked off Iowa State quarterback Rocco Becht on the first play of the Cyclone drive and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Hawkeyes extend their lead.

0:53 2Q — Iowa 17, ISU 0. Becht is bouncing back with three passes for first downs on the Cyclones’ very next drive. Iowa State will have under a minute to get on the board from the Iowa 25.

End 2Q — Iowa 17, ISU 3. Iowa State senior kicker Chase Contreraz knocks one through the uprights for the first Cyclone score of the game. Iowa will go into halftime with a two-score lead.

12:52 3Q — Iowa 17, ISU 3. The Hawkeyes gain only a yard in three plays to open up the second half, so senior punter Tory Taylor is back out after a three-and-out. An Iowa State fair catch will set the Cyclones up on their own 30.

9:45 3Q — Iowa 17, ISU 3. The Iowa defense stiffs a handful of Iowa State runs, bringing the Cyclones to punt yet again. The Hawkeyes will take over on their own 15.

4:07 3Q — Iowa 17, ISU 3. Iowa begins the drive with a 14-yard pass from McNamara to Charleston Southern transfer sophomore Seth Anderson on the opening play. McNamara then found his fellow Michigan transfer in senior tight end Erick All for a 23-yard reception on third down, followed by another third down conversion from running back Jaziun Patterson. Iowa has called a timeout.

3:57 3Q — Iowa 20, ISU 3. Iowa’s McNamara failed to hit All again, this time in the end zone, on third down, so kicker Drew Stevens drilled one from 34 yards for three points.

2:22 3Q — Iowa 20, ISU 3. The Cyclones cannot seem to make much progress against the Hawkeyes’ defense, again punting for Iowa to take over on its own 13 yard line.

0:49 3Q — Iowa 20, ISU 3. Iowa State’s Myles Purchase snagged a tackle for loss on Iowa’s first down, and Hawkeye quarterback Cade McNamara missed a wide open Seth Anderson down field the next play. A one-yard run sends Tory Taylor back onto the field to punt, and the Cyclones will try yet again to add to their side of the scoreboard.

End 3Q — Iowa 20, ISU 3. Iowa State will have second and three on the Iowa 42 coming up to open the fourth quarter.

13:18 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 6. Iowa State running back Abu Sama and wide receiver Jaylin Noel grabbed back-to-back first downs to move the Cyclones further into Hawkeye territory and closer toward the end zone, but pass break-ups by Iowa sophomore safety Xavier Nwankpa and senior defensive back Sebastian Castro forced the Cyclones to settle for another field goal.

9:52 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 6. Iowa redshirt freshman Jaziun Patterson has been the Hawkeyes’ primary ball carrier all day, now notching 10 rushing attempts for 86 yards. But Iowa junior receiver Diante Vines could not bring in McNamara’s deep ball on a go route on the right side on third down, so Tory Taylor returned to punt.

2:58 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 6. Although Iowa senior linebacker Jay Higgins almost intercepted Iowa State’s first play of the drive, Cyclone junior receiver Jayden Higgins’ two receptions this drive have kept Iowa State alive with fresh sets of downs. Timeout Iowa State with fourth and nine coming up.

2:53 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 13. Jayden Higgins continued his strong effort this drive to finally get the Cyclones into the end zone on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Rocco Becht. The drive was 80 yards on 14 plays in six minutes and 59 seconds.

1:55 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 13. Iowa running back Kaleb Johnson runs for no gain on third and one, forcing Taylor to punt the ball to the Cyclones’ own 31 yard line. Iowa State will have under two minutes to equalize this game on this drive.

1:16 4Q — Iowa 20, ISU 13. Iowa’s Cooper DeJean and Joe Evans make two pass break-ups on the Cyclone drive, capped off with a tackle for loss from junior defensive lineman Ethan Hurkett to force a Cyclone turnover on downs.

Final: Iowa 20, Iowa State 13.

This is a developing story. Follow along for updates here or @dipregame on Twitter.

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Colin Votzmeyer, Assistant Sports Editor
Colin Votzmeyer is a junior at the University of Iowa studying journalism and mass communication with minors in history and criminology, law, and justice. Prior to his role as assistant sports editor, he previously served as digital producer, news reporter covering crime, cops, and courts, and sports reporter covering track and field and women's basketball. He plans on attending law school after his graduation with hopes of pursuing a career as a criminal defense attorney.
Ayrton Breckenridge, Managing Visuals Editor
Ayrton Breckenridge is the Managing Visuals Editor at The Daily Iowan. He is a senior at the University of Iowa majoring in journalism and cinema. This is his fourth year working for the DI.