AMES — Iowa is running the ball at will and daring opponents to stop them.
For the second week in a row, Mark Weisman powered the Hawkeyes to victory by leading a punishing ground game.
Jake Rudock threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score, Weisman added 145 yards rushing and Iowa hung on to beat rival Iowa State 27-21 to win the CyHawk football trophy Saturday night.
Kevonte Martin Manley had seven catches and a TD for the Hawkeyes (2-1). Iowa ran the ball 60 times for 218 yards and snapped a two-game losing streak against the Cyclones.
Weisman “has been a workhorse for us. He ran hard for us and did a lot of good things,” said Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz, who improved to 7-8 against the Cyclones.
Quenton Bundrage rallied the Cyclones with two touchdown receptions in the final 4:27. But Iowa recovered an onside kick and snuffed out a last-gasp try by Iowa State.
Bundrage had a career-high 146 yards receiving and all three TD grabs for Iowa State, which is 0-2 for the first time since 2007.
Iowa appeared to have the game in hand when it went up 27-7 with 7:05 left.
The Hawkeyes inexplicably let the Cyclones back in it — despite a spectacular one-handed interception by Iowa’s B.J. Lowery.
Sam Richardson found Bundrage for TD passes of 26 and 17 yards, pulling Iowa State within 27-21 with 2:26 to go as streams of Cyclones fans headed for the parking lot.
The Hawkeyes then recovered an onside kick, but they couldn’t get a first down. Iowa was forced to punt it back to the Cyclones, whose lateral-filled final play went nowhere.
“We would have liked to put them away a little sooner, so you have to give them credit for fighting,” Weisman said.
Richardson, clearly still hampered by the ankle he sprained in the opener two weeks ago, was 22-of-39 passing for 260 yards and two interceptions.