Arnaud throws two TDs to help Iowa State down North Dakota State

AMES, Iowa -- Austen Arnaud threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, both to Marquis Hamilton, and Iowa State beat North Dakota State 34-17 to make coach Paul Rhoads a winner in his debut.

Alexander Robinson added 83 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Cyclones (1-0), who snapped a 10-game losing streak.

North Dakota State (0-1) got as close as 24-17 midway through the third quarter before Iowa State pulled away.

Grant Mahoney hit a career-long 50-yard field goal and Arnaud found Hamilton for a 42-yard touchdown pass with 9:58 left to make it 34-17.

Pat Paschall rushed for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown for North Dakota State, an FCS program that fell to 3-3 against FBS opponents since 2006.


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2015 Missouri Valley Football Conference Standings

Illinois State7-19-2
North Dakota State7-19-2
South Dakota State5-38-3
Northern Iowa5-37-4
Western Illinois5-36-5
Indiana State3-55-6
South Dakota3-55-6
Youngstown State3-55-6
Southern Illinois2-63-8
Missouri State0-81-10