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Union Scores Late to Beat Decorah in 3A Title Game


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Union scored on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jay Scheel to Bradley Gallup with 6:12 remaining in the game to win the class 3A state football championship over Decorah 21-14 on Saturday evening in Cedar Falls.  Scheel also ran in the two point conversion to cap that final scoring possession.

Wes Burnside carried 25 times for 127 yards and a touchdown for Union in the win, who finished the championship season at 12-2. 

Decorah was led by Josey Jewell who rushed for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns in the loss.  Decorah finished the season at 11-3.

Iowa City Regina Stays Undefeated and Wins 2A Title


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Iowa City Regina defeated Spirit Lake 24-20 Saturday afternoon at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls to cap off an undefeated 14-0 state championship season in class 2A.

Regina trailed 10-3 at halftime but bounced back with a huge 21 point 3rd quarter to take a lead they would not let go of.  Quarterback Nate Streb threw for 160 yards and a touchdown and Jacob Vollstedt rushed for 80 yards and a score to lead the way.

Spirit Lake was led by 201 yards passing and one touchdown by quarterback Paul Brown.  Spirit Lake finished the runner-up season at 13-1.

St. Ansgar Jumps Out Early and Hangs on to Beat St. Albert for 1A Title


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

St. Ansgar jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the first quarter and held on to beat previously unbeaten St. Albert of Council Bluffs 25-15 in the 1A State Championship game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls on Saturday morning.

St. Albert held the advantage in nearly every statistical category but had three turnovers in the ballgame that helped St. Ansgar take the victory.  John Sievert had 25 carries for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.

St. Ansgar finishes their championship season at 12-2, while St. Albert ended at 13-1.

UNI Pulls Out OT Win At Illinois State


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

NORMAL, Ill. — Tyler Sievertsen kicked a 40-yard field goal with 5 seconds left to tie the game, then won it in the second overtime with a 36-yarder as Northern Iowa beat Illinois State 23-20 on Saturday.

Both teams scored touchdowns in the first overtime. Tirrell Rennie, who finished with 100 yards rushing, ran 12 yards for a score for Northern Iowa (9-2, 7-1 Missouri Valley), but the Redbirds (7-4, 6-2) tied it when Matt Brown threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Marvon Sanders on fourth down. In the second overtime, Illinois State had the ball first, but Nick Aussieker’s 37-yard field goal missed wide left. Sievertsen made his third field goal of the game to win it.

Cliffton Gordon’s 1-yard run with 2:57 remaining had put Illinois State in front 13-10. The Panthers then drove 38 yards after Carlos Anderson’s 39-yard kickoff return to set up Sievertsen’s tying field goal.

McNutt, Coker Lead Hawkeyes Past Purdue


November 19th, 2011 by Jim Field

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — James Vandenberg threw three touchdown passes, including two to Marvin McNutt, to help Iowa defeat Purdue 31-21 on Saturday for the Hawkeyes’ first road win of the season.

Vandenberg passed for 273 yards, and McNutt caught nine passes for 151 yards.

Marcus Coker rushed for 139 yards on 30 carries for the Hawkeyes (7-4, 4-3 Big Ten), who had lost their three road games by a combined 14 points.

The Hawkeyes outgained the Boilermakers 408 yards to 286 but struggled to put away scrappy Purdue.

Antavian Edison caught nine passes for 97 yards and Ralph Bolden ran for 71 yards for Purdue on Senior Day. Quarterback Robert Marve threw two interceptions and fumbled once.

The Boilermakers (5-6, 3-4) need to win Saturday at Indiana to become bowl-eligible.

Iowa scored on its first possession with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Vandenberg to McNutt.

Purdue responded with a 13-play, 63-yard drive. Gabe Holmes caught his first career touchdown pass, a 14-yarder from Caleb TerBush, to tie the score.

Iowa answered when Vandenberg found C.J. Fiedorowicz for a 5-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7.

Purdue’s Carson Wiggs considered a fake punt but decided to kick while running instead. It was blocked by Collin Sleeper, and Iowa recovered at the Purdue 9. The Boilermakers caught a break when Mica’il McCall fumbled on the second play of Iowa’s possession, and Purdue’s Will Lucas recovered.

After an exchange of punts, Marve stepped in at quarterback for TerBush and led the Boilermakers down the field. But Tanner Miller intercepted Marve at the Iowa 1-yard line.

On the next play, Vandenberg dropped back into his end zone and was pressured by Dwayne Beckford. Vandenberg fumbled as he was going down, and Purdue’s Brandon Taylor recovered in the end zone to tie the score at 14.

Iowa took a 21-14 halftime lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Coker with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. The Hawkeyes outgained the Boilermakers 257 yards to 117 and held the ball for more than 19 minutes in the first half.

Iowa’s Mike Meyer kicked a 38-yard field goal, and then Vandenberg connected with McNutt again for a 51-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Iowa a 31-14 lead.

Ralph Bolden’s 11-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter after TerBush returned to the game cut Iowa’s lead to 31-21.

Marve re-entered the game on a fourth-and-18 situation and completed a 22-yard pass to Edison. He closed the drive with what looked like a touchdown run, but he fumbled into the pylon for a touchback, and Iowa took over.

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Iowa State Shocks No. 2 Oklahoma State


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

AMES, Iowa (AP) – This was supposed to be so easy for Oklahoma State.  The second-ranked Cowboys came into Ames set to cruise past overmatched Iowa State, and set up a showdown with rival Oklahoma at home. With a spot in the BCS title game on the line.  Then Oklahoma State let the upstart Cyclones hang around just long enough to derail all those national title hopes.  Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a 4-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State 37-31 on Friday night, opening the door for a couple of one-loss teams.
The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), opening a path for the Oregon or Alabama to face LSU in a rematch for the title.
“This one stings. This one’s tough,” said Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, who threw three interceptions.  None of those stung more than his first pass in the second overtime, which was intercepted by Ter’Ran Benton. Woody ran for 6 and 15 yards, then bullied his way into the end zone to give the Cyclones their first victory over a top-five opponent in school history.  Weeden threw for 476 yards, but the Cowboys’ offense turned it over five times.
“I hate it for the guys. But it’s real simple. If you lose the turnover battle in such a big fashion, it’s extremely hard to win a game, especially on the road,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.
Playing a day after Oklahoma State women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke and three others were killed in a plane crash, the Cowboys were 27-point favorites against the upstart Cyclones.
Iowa State lost its first four Big 12 games and entered play 0-56-2 against teams ranked sixth or higher in The Associated Press poll.
Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads has had some signature wins in his three seasons in Ames – but none as big as this.
“We got a group of young men that put their hard hats on every day and just continue to go to work,” Rhoads said. “I could not be prouder of the effort they put out tonight.”
Iowa State freshman quarterback Jared Barnett found James White for a 25-yard touchdown on the first play of extra time, but Weeden answered with a 6-yard TD pass to Josh Cooper.
Benton’s interception set up a thrilling finish for the Cyclones and Rhoads, the defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh when it upset No. 2 West Virginia in 2007.
Barnett finished with 376 yards passing and three TDs for Iowa State.
Oklahoma State stretched its lead to 24-7 less than 3 minutes into the second half and looked set to break it open as it usually does. Tracy Moore caught Weeden’s pass in traffic and stumbled 30 yards for the touchdown.  That could have been it for Iowa State – but the Cyclones were far from finished.
Iowa State answered with a 32-yard TD run from White and Zach Guyer’s 24-yard field goal made it 24-17 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Oklahoma State came in averaging 51.7 points a game, but it couldn’t string together the drives that made Weeden a serious Heisman Trophy contender.  Iowa State took advantage, tying the game at 24 with 5:30 left in regulation when Barnett found a Albert Gary sliding in the end zone for a 7-yard TD catch. Oklahoma State’s Alex Elkins intercepted Barnett’s pass with 3:17 left, but Quinn Sharp pushed a 37-yard field goal right, just over the upright, with 1:17 to go to force overtime.  It was just the third missed field goal in 20 tries for Sharp.
Iowa State knew it would need a lot of breaks to pull off the upset.
The Cyclones caught a few early, recovering a fumble and intercepting Weeden’s pass in the first quarter. But they didn’t turn either into points, and the Cowboys’ defense made them pay for it.   Linebacker Shaun Lewis jumped Barnett’s pass and took it back 70 yards for a touchdown, giving Oklahoma State a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.  Iowa State pulled to 10-7 on Barnett’s 16-yard TD pass to Darius Reynolds. But Blackmon stopped short and went high for Weeden’s pass over a pair of defenders on a 27-yard touchdown reception, giving Oklahoma State a 17-7 lead with 5:26 left before halftime.
“They came out ready to play. They came high with the crowd, getting them going. It was a good environment to play in. But this is why we play football, to win in positions like this. We just needed to finish,” Blackmon said.
Iowa State held a moment of silence before the game to honor Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and two others who were killed Thursday when their single-engine plane crashed during a recruiting trip in Arkansas.
“The plane crash, for the families and people involved, is just tragic, and honestly, I would have said this no matter the outcome of the game. It’s so much more important than this game,” Gundy said. “These guys wanted to go out and play the best they couldfor themselves, for us, the fans, and for OSU, and it just didn’t come out in their favor tonight.”

West Des Moines Valley beats Bettendorf for 4-A Football Title


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

West Des Moines Valley topped Bettendorf by a score of 17-14 to win the 4-A state football championship Friday night at the UNI-dome in Cedar Falls.  Bettendorf edged out Valley in total yardage 227-223 but Trey Lewis’ 69-yards rushing Tyus Mason’s two touchdown runs were enough to lead Valley to the victory.  Bettendorf’s Nick Heimendinger threw for 163 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Lisbon Tops West Hancock for Class A Title


November 19th, 2011 by Chris Parks

Top-ranked Lisbon won the first state football title in school history with a 14-12 victory over No. 2 West Hancock in the Class A final at the UNI-Dome Friday.  Lisbon ended the championship season with a perfect 14-0 mark and its first appearance in the final.
      Lisbon trailed West Hancock late in the third quarter, but Quarterback Ben Knake tied the score at 12-12 with a 1-yard TD run. The Lions took a 14-12 lead when Knake connected on a two-point conversion pass to Seth Hall.
      West Hancock then marched down to the Lisbon 5-yard line but the drive ended on fourth down and five when quarterback Eric Cox’s pass was intercepted in the end zone by Lisbon’s Skylar Ellerbach.

Fremont-Mills Wins 8-Man Title


November 18th, 2011 by Jim Field

Fremont-Mills overwhelmed Murray in the 8-Man football championship game Friday in an 81-0 victory.  Nate Meier carried 12 times for 218 yards and five touchdowns to help the Knights jump out to a 61-0 halftime lead.  The Knights rushed 26 times for 352 yards as a team, a 13.5 yard average per carry.  Fremont-Mills also pickd off five Murray passes, returning three for scores, two by Logan Wood.  Murray struggled offensively rushing 35 times for just 35 yards.  The Knights finish the season 13-0, while Murray is 12-2.

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