Iowa State holds off Tulsa 38-23

Associated Press Modified: September 1, 2012 at 7:31 pm •  Published: September 1, 2012
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AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State knows that quarterback Steele Jantz can make the big play.

What the Cyclones need out of Jantz this season is to make the right play, over and over again.

Jantz was poised and efficient Saturday, throwing for a career-high 281 yards and two touchdowns and running for another score as Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23 to win its ninth opener in 10 years.

Shontrelle Johnson added a career-high 120 yards rushing for the Cyclones, who scored 24 straight points behind Jantz and held off a late rally by the Golden Hurricane.

"I saw a lot of things out of Steele Jantz," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "I saw a very composed quarterback. I saw a guy who had the look in his eye."

Jantz threw and ran for second-quarter touchdowns to help Iowa State turn a 16-7 deficit into a 31-16 lead late in the third quarter. Cody Green's 4-yard touchdown pass to Keyarris Garrett brought Tulsa within 31-23 in the fourth quarter, but the Golden Hurricane's final drive fizzled when Deon Broomfield intercepted Green with 2:04 left.

Johnson's 5-yard TD run on the next play sealed the win for Iowa State.

Green had 198 yards passing and two touchdowns in his first career start for Tulsa after transferring from Nebraska.

"I feel good about the way he came out, the way he delivered it. I'd like for him to have handled the pressure at the end a little better — and I'm talking about the pass rush pressure," Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. "That's where the lack of playing a lot of games recently probably hurt him."

The Golden Hurricane scored 16 points in just over six minutes in the first quarter and looked ready to roll past the Cyclones.

By the time Tulsa threatened again, it was in major comeback mode.

The Cyclones took control with a 12-play, 82-yard scoring drive powered by the running game. James White went up the middle through a big hole for a 6-yard touchdown, putting Iowa State ahead by 15 with 5:08 left in the third.

Tulsa's stagnant attack got a major boost from Trey Watts, who stunned the Cyclones with a 77-yard run to set up Green's TD pass to Garrett. The Golden Hurricane even had a chance at the game-tying score before Green's pass was picked off by Broomfield.

Broomfield brought it back 51 yards, and Johnson put the perfect capper on his return from a neck injury in 2011 with a touchdown run.

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