By CHUCK SCHOFFNER
AP Sports Writer
Ohio's Chad Brinker scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Iowa State.
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
AMES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa State Cyclones defeated the Ohio Bobcats, 25-15, on Sept. 2 in Ames, Iowa.
Ennis Haywood rushed for 159 yards in his first start and broke a 73-yard third-quarter touchdown run that helped Iowa State pull away in a 25-15 victory over
Ohio University in a close contest.
Haywood is being closely watched as the successor to brothers Troy and Darren Davis, who combined for 8,145 yards over the last five years, and the junior responded in
a big way in a steamy opener.
``I think I got the attention of a couple of people,'' Haywood said. ``What I wanted to do was just come out and show my teammates as well as fans and everyone that I
could pick up where Darren Davis left off.''
Haywood, who backed up Davis the last two years, carried 22 times and set up a touchdown with a 32-yard pass reception. His touchdown run was the longest by an
Iowa State back since Graston Norris went 91 yards against UNLV on Sept. 23, 1995 and came at a critical time.
Iowa State was leading just 16-9 and was starting on its own 27 after yet another outstanding punt by Ohio's Dave Zastudil, who averaged 47 yards on seven kicks.
Haywood took a handoff, found a hole on the left side and easily outran the pursuit.
Two years ago, Haywood was caught from behind on a long run against Ball State and he vowed that would never happen again.
``When I went through and broke, I was thinking about that the whole way,'' Haywood said with a grin.
While Haywood may have convinced some skeptics, the victory was not as convincing as Iowa State had hoped in starting its most anticipated season in years.
Ohio confused Iowa State early with its triple-option offense and the Cyclones could not blow it open despite four Ohio turnovers in the fourth quarter.
``There isn't a lot of hooting and hollering, jumping around and celebrating. It's a win,'' Iowa State coach Dan McCarney said. ``Half the teams in the country are 0-1
today. We're proud and excited to be 1-0.''
Sage Rosenfels and Michael Wagner also ran for touchdowns and Mike McKnight kicked two field goals on a day the temperature rose to a muggy 91 degrees by the
Ohio led twice in the first half, but couldn't get anything going after that until Dontrell Jackson's 28-yard touchdown pass to Raynald Ray with 7:55 left. By then, Iowa
State had a 25-9 lead.
``We just kept making mistakes,'' Jackson said. ``We want to be in third-and-three and third-and-two, but we'd have a holding penalty, a block in the back or somebody
isn't lined up right and all of a sudden it's third-and-16. We're not a throwing team.''
Ohio rushed for a respectable 179 yards but Jackson completed just 9-of-23 passes.
``They're a good football team, a real good football team, but we gave this game to them,'' Jackson said.
Iowa State again had kicking problems, which haunted the Cyclones last season. McKnight and Tony Yelk each missed an extra-point kick and McKnight was well
short and wide right on a 50-yard field-goal attempt with the wind at his back.
``It's just inexcusable,'' McCarney said. ``Wouldn't that have been a shame to loose a football game because we can't kick an extra point? That's ridiculous. We've got to
get it corrected.''
McKnight did hit field goals of 27 and 22 yards, the second giving Iowa State a 25-9 lead with 10:02 left.
``We were better on field goals than we were on extra points,'' McCarney said.
After making special teams play a priority, Iowa State surrendered a 47-yard return by Chad Brinker on the opening kickoff. Helped by a 15-yard facemasking penalty,
Ohio ran its triple-option attack perfectly while zipping 53 yards in six plays to go up 6-0 on Brinker's 5-yard run.
Iowa State's defense settled in after that and twice forced Ohio to go three-and-out before the offense went four-and-in. Rosenfels hit Chris Anthony on a 29-yard pass to
the 13 and Wagner burst into the end zone on a 10-yard draw play.
Ohio had to settle for Kevin Kerr's 33-yard field goal to go up 9-7 early in the second quarter after a holding penalty erased Jackson's 6-yard touchdown run. McKnight's
27-yard field goal put Iowa State ahead 10-9, and Rosenfels added to the lead with a 1-yard sneak 5 1/2 minutes later.
Haywood set up the score by turning a swing pass from Rosenfels into a 32-yard gain down the left sideline on third-and-15 from the 38.
``I told the kids in the locker room that they very well may have lost to a bowl team,'' Ohio coach Jim Grobe said.
The Cyclones hope he's right.