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Rohach leads Iowa St past Kansas 34-0


November 24th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Freshman Grant Rohach passed for a season-best 300 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa State beat Kansas 34-0 on a frigid Saturday night for its first Big 12 victory. James White and Shontrelle Johnson each ran for a touchdown and Cole Netten kicked two field goals for the Cyclones (2-9, 1-7), who broke a seven-game losing streak at home and sent KU to its 24th straight road loss.

Just one week after breaking a 27-game conference losing streak, the Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7) failed to capitalize on some early scoring opportunities and never got much going in the second half, either. Rohach, who had not thrown a touchdown pass in his five previous games, finished 15 of 20 with one interception and scoring throws of 58 yards to Aaron Wimberly and 15 yards to Quenton Bundrage.

It was the coldest game in Jack Trice Stadium history — 8 degrees Fahrenheit at kickoff.

Northern Iowa grinds Western Illinois 28-13


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — David Johnson ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday night to lead Northern Iowa over Western Illinois 28-13. Ray Mitchell returned two interceptions for touchdowns and UNI (7-5, 3-5 Missouri Valley) ran the ball 42 times compared to only 12 pass attempts. Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the 15th time in his career and passed Carl Boyd to become fifth in UNI’s career touchdown list with 32.

Nathan Knuffman’s field goal gave Western Illinois a 3-0 lead before the Panthers scored 28 straight first half points. UNI won the game with defense and ball control the rest of the way. Kevin Kintzel returned an interception 30 yards for a touchdown for the Leathernecks (4-8, 2-6) with six seconds left in the third quarter to record the last points scored by either team.

Trenton Norvell was 23 of 52 for 252 yards and three interceptions for WIU.

Drake outlasts Nebraska-Omaha 88-80


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Richard Carter scored a game-high 23 points, and grabbed 11 rebounds, to lead five Drake players in double figures in an 88-80 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday. Drake (3-1) took a 55-54 lead with 9:53 left on a Carter layup and never trailed the rest of the way. But Nebraska-Omaha (3-3) kept the game close, and was within two points at the 6:18 mark on a Matt Hagerbaumer dunk. But Gary Ricks Jr. responded with a 3-pointer and the Bulldogs held on down the stretch, going 8 for 10 at the line in the final 1:01.

Aaron Hawley scored 14 points for Drake. Seth VanDeest and Ricks added 13 points apiece and Chris Caird scored 12. Devin Patterson and CJ Carter had 17 points apiece for the Mavericks. Hagerbaumer scored nine points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Iowa rallies past Michigan 24-21


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jake Rudock threw for 239 yards and a pair of touchdown passes and Iowa rallied from 14 down to beat Michigan 24-21 Saturday. A fumble recovery by Anthony Hitchens with 2:12 left sealed it for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who also clinched a winning season after going 4-8 in 2012.

Michigan used a pair of Rudock interceptions to race out to a 21-7 halftime lead. But the Hawkeyes held the Wolverines (7-4, 3-4) to just 45 yards in the second half and jumped ahead on a 34-yard field goal by Mike Meyer with 6:02 left.

Devin Gardner drove Michigan to Iowa’s 31 before he was stripped by Hitchens. He finished with 98 yards passing and two TDs.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 11/23/13


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

Cardinals trade Freese to Angels


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have traded former World Series MVP David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels in a four-player deal. The Cardinals also sent reliever Fernando Salas to the Angels on Friday in exchange for outfielder Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk.

The 30-year-old Freese was the MVP of the 2011 NLCS and the World Series, setting a major-league record with 21 postseason RBIs. He injured his back chasing a foul ball into the stands during spring training and never hit his stride last season. He batted .262 with nine homers and 60 RBIs, drop-offs from 2012 when he hit 20 homers with 79 RBIs and batted .293.

The 26-year-old Bourjos is a career .251 hitter with speed, stealing 41 bases in 54 attempts. The 22-year-old Grichuk was an Angels first-round draft pick in 2009 and starred at Double-A Arkansas last season.

Carroll Kuemper beats Waukon 31-28


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Adam Schleisman kicked a 39-yard field goal as time expired Friday to give Carroll Kuemper Catholic a 31-28 victory over Waukon and the Class 2A state championship. Schleisman’s kick, only the third field goal he had tried all season, hit the crossbar and bounced through. It was a fitting finish to a game that matched two first-time finalists and was filled with big plays.

Kuemper (14-0) had tied the game at 28 on Cole Neary’s 58-yard pass to Alex Drees with 3:14 left. It was the second TD catch for Drees, who also intercepted four passes to tie the all-class championship game record. The Knights responded 64 seconds after Waukon (12-2) had gone up 28-21 on Parker Hesse’s 5-yard quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-inches play.

Dowling beats CR Xavier 44-13 in 4A title game


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Ryan Boyle scored four touchdowns and threw for two TDs as West Des Moines Dowling Catholic overpowered Cedar Rapids Xavier 44-13 Friday night to win the Class 4A state championship. Boyle and the Maroons (14-0) sliced up a Xavier defense that posted eight shutouts this season and had given up only seven points in four previous playoff games.

Boyle completed his first nine passes and finished 12 of 14 for 283 yards with one interception and kept the Saints (12-2) off balance by running 21 times for another 82 yards.

Iowa rolls past Penn 86-55, improves to 5-0


November 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jarrod Uthoff scored a season-high 19 points as Iowa beat Penn 86-55 on Friday night. Devyn Marble added 13 points and a career-high five steals for the Hawkeyes (5-0). Darien Nelson-Henry scored 13 points to lead Penn (1-3).

Iowa forced a season-high 25 turnovers — 17 in the first half. The Hawkeyes finished with 14 steals and 30 points off turnovers. Uthoff shot 6 of 7 from the field and made all six of his free throws. Uthoff’s fully extended dunk over a Penn defender drew the biggest reaction from Hawkeye fans. Iowa made 28 of 40 free throws. Penn only attempted 16 foul shots.

Nine Hawkeyes scored at least five points. Mike Gesell scored 10 points. Gabe Olaseni added eight points, six rebounds and three blocks. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery graduated from Penn. He played three seasons with the Quakers from 1979-82.

Northern Iowa beats LMU 90-81


November 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — Deon Mitchell scored 23 points, one of three Northern Iowa players to break the 20-point mark, as the Panthers beat Loyola Marymount 90-81 in the opener of the Paradise Jam on Friday. Matt Bohannon had 22 points, Seth Tuttle added 21 and grabbed 11 rebounds for Northern Iowa (2-2). The Panthers shot 51 percent, including 12 of 21 from 3-point range.

Anthony Ireland finished with 24 points, on just 7-of-20 shooting, but made 9 of his 10 free throws for LMU (4-1). The Lions also got 22 from Evan Payne and Gabe Levin chipped in with 10 points and 14 boards.

Northern Iowa went to the line 39 times, making 28 of them. The Lions, on the other hand, made 15 of their 21 attempts. The Panthers led 53-36 at the half, after going 10 of 14 from 3-point range.