Sports reporter ROB GRAY
AMES – Iowa coughed up two cases of volatility. Baylor lost zero. Hurricanes whistled for a series of ill-timed penalties in the first and third quarters. The Bears only committed three matches in the entire match.
So Saturday’s Big 12 season opener for both teams provided ISU with their latest example of how devastating a lack of attention to detail can be, as Baylor No. 17 blasted off the field with a 31-24 victory before embellishing early, but fading late. A crowd of 58,069 at Jack Trice Stadium.
“The momentum of the word,” said Cyclone coach Matt Campbell after his team lost a (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) home game for the first time since 2019. The momentum and I always felt like we were fighting from behind.”
It felt that way because it’s real – and it lasted throughout the match.
** ISU Safety Beau Freyler was ejected to target with 13:06 left in the first quarter and an unnecessary rough call on quarterback Colby Reeder exacerbated the Cyclones’ problems while fueling the Bears’ landing drive.
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Campbell broke out on the sidelines after the targeting call as well as a handful of others – including two non-contact ones – while cascades of boos descended from the stands.
“It’s unfortunate because I really felt like we came out and played really well and we were physical,” Campbell said. “On my end, and again I’m this coach and we’ll carry this through the trip, but I don’t think those are right. And again, I’ve worked through it and gotten over it, but I think it’s frustrating, but there are also some things we did that were frustrating today. Also. We need to be better.”
** After ISU tied the score, 7-7, in a Hunter Deckers touchdown pass from two yards back to back Jerell Brock, Baylor led a field goal, the Hurricanes attack went out three times, and the Bears pushed their lead to 17-7 on yard-playing quarterback Blake Shebeen. One to quarterback/back and former Iowa Hawkeye Dillon Doyle.
“I think (the match) showed that we have a lot to fix,” Rieder said. “So we just have to redouble our efforts and do our best. It won’t get any easier. It will continue to be more difficult, so how we respond will determine the rest of our season.”
** ISU scored the final 10 points in the game as Brock recovered from a stumble in the end zone and Jess Gilbert scored from 28 yards 55 seconds left, but the kick that followed rebounded by Baylor and Bear (3-1, 1). -0) He finished off the final seconds in the victory formation as Ames secured a win for the first time since 2016.
“We’re really going to find out what kind of team we have,” said Brock, who rushed 73 yards on 14 gigs. “If you let this game define you, we won’t be good. But if you let it move us in the right direction, we’ll be fine.”
Dekkers completed 23 of 36 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Xavier Hutchinson had eight passes for 84 yards, and Dimitri Stanley scored the Colorado transfer first catch of his career in an ISU uniform.
But on a day when hurricanes need to be played with balance and precision, it has proven impossible to overcome timely errors and mental lapses, as usual.
“We were taught here in Iowa that you have to make the ball bounce your way,” Campbell said.