OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
2018 Season In Review
Game 1: Iowa 13, Iowa State 3
Sept. 8 | Iowa City, Iowa
The Hawkeyes pulled away from Iowa State in the second half as the ISU offense struggled
after a promising start, defeating the Cyclones 13-3. It was Iowa State’s fi rst offi cial game
of the season, after the scheduled season-opener versus South Dakota State was canceled
due to weather.
The Cyclones marched down the fi eld on their fi rst possession of the game but were stalled
in the red zone and forced into a 23-yard fi eld goal by Connor Assalley. After that 13-play,
66-yard possession it was tough sledding for the Cyclone offensive attack as it went on to
total just 188 yards of total offense. The Iowa defense did their part to disrupt any chance
at offensive momentum, totaling four sacks on the day, as well as a fumble forced by A.J.
Epenessa in the fourth quarter to help seal the deal.
Iowa State’s defense held the Hawkeyes to 271 yards of offense, keeping the Cyclones in
the game as they trailed just 6-3 at the end of the third quarter. Iowa’s Mekhi Sargent scored
from two yards out on the fi rst possession of the fourth quarter, giving the Hawks a 13-3
lead that it would hold onto for the win.
The Cyclones were able to gain just 19 yards on the ground because of four Hawkeye sacks.
Freshman linebacker Mike Rose was a bright spot in the fi rst action of his career, fi nishing
with 11 tackles to lead the Cyclones. He was the fi rst true freshman to start for the Cyclones
defensively since 2006. Rose also had a tackle for a loss and a pass breakup.
Offensively, quarterback Kyle Kempt completed 15-of-21 passes for 126 yards before
leaving the game in fourth quarter, while nine different Cyclones recorded a catch in the game.