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Iowa cashes in two blocks, two turnovers

9/13/2003

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Nate Kaeding and Sean Considine helped decide
the game, but it was big Robert Gallery who led the victory charge.

No. 23 Iowa scored 10 points off Considine's two blocks and
converted two turnovers into field goals by Kaeding to beat Iowa
State 40-21 Saturday.

Kaeding had four field goals in all to help Iowa (3-0) end a
five-game losing streak to the Cyclones (2-1) and become the
Hawkeyes' career scoring leader with 291 points. Then he wisely got
out of the way when it was over.

Gallery, a 321-pound offensive tackle, led a sprint to the ISU
sideline to grab the Cy-Hawk Trophy, which goes to the winner of
this game.

"It's that hidden speed nobody knows about," Gallery said with
a laugh.

The jubilant Hawkeyes, followed by a large contingent of fans,
carried the trophy to the southwest corner of the stadium to show
it off to other fans as the band played the fight song.

"It's special. It's a good monkey to have off your back," said
Kaeding, a senior who had never played in a winning game against
Iowa State. "Our defense just stuck it to them pretty tough."

Iowa led 20-7 at halftime in a game that was proceeding just
like last year, when the Hawkeyes were up 24-7 at the half but lost
36-31, their only loss in the regular season. Considine's first
block ensured that would not happen again.

Iowa State went three-and-out on its first series of the second
half and the snap to punter Troy Blankenship was high. Considine
shot through the middle of the line to block the kick, the ball
squirted into the end zone and Chris Smith recovered for a
touchdown.

The defense then set up field goals of 19 and 20 yards by
Kaeding that stretched the lead to 33-7. The first followed Grant
Steen's interception off Austin Flynn and 15-yard return to the
Iowa State 4. Considine's second punt block, again after a high
snap, gave Iowa the ball at the 6 and Kaeding converted again when
the offense stalled.

"We knew we had a chance coming off that left side. We ran the
same play on both of them," Considine said. "I couldn't believe
it the second time that we got it again. It worked to perfection."

Steen also recovered a first-quarter fumble by Flynn to give
Iowa the ball at the ISU 40. Four plays later, Nathan Chandler
threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Brown for a 10-0 lead.

It was redemption for Steen, who fumbled after intercepting a
pass against Iowa State two years ago, enabling the Cyclones to
hold on for a 17-14 victory.

"A fumble and a pick, always a good day, especially when you
hang on to them," Steen said. "It makes it a lot better. I
learned two years ago that any time you get your hands on the ball,
it's something special. You've got to respect the ball and take
care of it."

Brown, Iowa's leading receiver, made a leaping catch between two
defenders in the end zone on his score and sprained his right ankle
when he landed. He did not return.

Kaeding kicked first-half field goals of 42 and 23 yards and
added four extra points to pass Rob Houghtlin, who had 290 points
for Iowa from 1985-87.

Iowa State trailed 10-7 after Flynn scrambled 25 yards for a
touchdown just before the end of the first quarter. But the
Cyclones didn't score again until Flynn hit Lane Danielsen on a
9-yard TD pass with 6:10 left.

Iowa answered with Marcus Schnoor's 33-yard touchdown run for a
40-14 lead.

The turnovers and Iowa's superior kicking gave the Hawkeyes a
big edge in field position. Kaeding consistently sent his kickoffs
out of the end zone and David Bradley pinned Iowa State at its own
5 with one punt and at the 7 with another.

Blankenship filled in for regular punter Tony Yelk, who missed
the game with a leg injury. Yelk also had handled the Cyclones'
kickoffs and his absence was noticeable. Iowa's average starting
position in the first half was its own 38. Iowa State's was the 21.

"There were just too many times we didn't execute regardless of
where we took the field," Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said.
"Our special teams, the kicking game, really impacted the football
game.

"We don't like losing to anyone, and we sure don't like losing
like we did today."

Iowa State outgained Iowa 390-243 and did a good job against
Fred Russell, holding him to 75 yards in 26 carries. Russell scored
on a 3-yard run to make it 17-7.

Flynn, a redshirt freshman, finished 24-of-41 for 239 yards and
added 57 yards rushing on 20 carries.

"A lot of ups and downs," Flynn said. "Maybe a few more downs
than I needed to, especially with two turnovers. That's
inexcusable."