On the first play of the game, Iowa State intercepted Retzlaff to set up the Cyclone offense at BYU’s 28 yard line.
Iowa State later punched the ball into the end zone via a touchdown pass, giving the Cyclones a quick 7-0 lead just over a minute into the game.
On the following kickoff return, BYU turned the ball over again with a fumble, setting Iowa State up on offense in Cougar territory again.
BYU’s defense came up with a big third-down stop, forcing the Cyclones to kick a field goal that gave Iowa State a 10-0 lead.
The Cougars responded on their following drive with a 36-yard burst from running back Robbins, setting up BYU in Cyclone territory. A third down quarterback keeper from Retzlaff went for 19 yards, putting BYU within 10 yards of the end zone before an eventual dart from the quarterback to Jojo Phillips, scoring the Cougars’ first touchdown of the game, bringing BYU within three. It was Phillips’s first career reception. The scoring drive for the Cougars went seven plays for 75 yards in 2:47.
The Cougars kept the positive momentum going with a Tyler Batty sack on Iowa State’s first offensive play following the BYU touchdown. The newly-electrified LaVell Edwards Stadium helped the Cougars force a Cyclone three and out.
Later in the quarter, Iowa State would steal the momentum back and go back up 10 following a four-yard rushing touchdown, giving the Cyclones a 17-7 lead with just over a minute remaining in the quarter. The drive for Iowa State went nine plays, covering 72 yards in 4:49.
The Cyclones opened the second quarter with an 11-play, 80-yard drive, capped off with an 11-yard rushing touchdown, extending their lead to 24-7 with 8:02 remaining in the half.
Later in the quarter, a 13-yard rushing touchdown for Iowa State extended its lead to 31-7 at halftime.
The Cyclones’ 235 yards of total offense to the Cougars 97 helped propel the big lead for Iowa State at the half. Iowa State had 16 first downs to BYU’s three. The Cyclones were six-for-eight on third down in the half.
BYU opened the half with the defense forcing a three and out and then going on a seven-play, 65-yard drive, finished off by a 26-yard touchdown pass from Parker Kingston to Isaac Rex to bring the Cougars within 31-13. The touchdown reception for Rex set a new BYU record for touchdown catches by a tight end in program history with 23 for his career.
Once again, the Cyclones responded quickly, this time with a 66-yard touchdown pass on third and one that extended their lead to 38-13 with 8:27 remaining in the quarter and took the momentum right back again.
On Iowa State’s next possession, a 59-yard scamper to the endzone extended its lead to 45-13.
A 30-yard pass from Retzlaff to Kody Epps over the middle of the field on the Cougars’ ensuing drive helped BYU march the ball down the field inside the Cyclones’ 10 yard line, but the drive fizzled out on a failed fourth down conversion attempt. Both teams failed to score in the fourth quarter.
BYU returns home for its final home game of the season vs. Oklahoma on Nov. 18 at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Watch the Cougars face the Sooners at 10 a.m. MST on ESPN or ABC. Tune in to live play-by-play on BYU Radio.