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AMES, Ia. – Don't let the final score fool you.

Saturday's annual Cy-Hawk showdown produced one of the more entertaining games in the rivalry's history, with Iowa beating Iowa State 31-17 in front of 61,500 at Jack Trice Stadium.

C.J. Beathard's 25-yard touchdown pass to a diving Riley McCarron put the Hawkeyes ahead for good, 24-17, with 2:14 remaining.

Jordan Canzeri added another touchdown on an 8-yard run with 1:05 left.

Iowa, 2-0 on the season, now owns a 41-22 edge in its in-state series with the Cyclones (1-1).

Most of the drama centered on the quarterbacks.


Beathard used some nifty footwork, rushing for a total of 77 yards, but Iowa State owned a 17-10 advantage at halftime.

In the second half, Beathard showed off his passing touch.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound junior completed 15-of-25 attempts for 215 yards and three touchdowns.

Canzeri, a senior tailback, contributed 124 yards on 24 carries.

Iowa took a 3-0 lead on Marshall Koehn's 49-yard field goal. The Cyclones answered with Cole Netten's 37-yard kick to make the score 3-3.

Then, Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson found his rhythm, first on a ball rifled to Jauan Wesley that covered 37 yards and again on an 11-yard scoring strike to Quenton Bundrage.

Beathard's scrambling kept Iowa in contention, including a 44-yard run that ignited a nine-play, 93-yard drive.

Beathard followed with a 14-yard touchdown toss with Tevaun Smith, who made a twisting catch in the end zone.

Wesley showed his gift of grab with a one-handed snag of a Richardson pass for Iowa State's second touchdown.

The Cyclones went ahead 17-10.

A 57-yard run by Beathard appeared to set up a 40-yard field goal try with 1 second remaining before halftime. Instead, the Hawkeyes ran a fake with Koehn, who raced around the left side but was tackled at the 5-yard line.

Iowa eventually pulled even early in the third quarter when Matt VandeBerg recovered tight end Henry Krieger Coble's fumble near the 3-yard line and leaped over the goal line for the score.

VandeBerg made nine catches for 114 yards.

Richardson continued to lead the Cyclones, completing 19-of-35 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns.

Allen Lazard caught seven of those passes for 71 yards. No Iowa State running back rushed for more 23 yards.

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