AMES, Iowa (AP) — Steele Jantz squeezed into the end zone from inches away with 40 seconds left to cap a wild ending and give Iowa State a 20-19 victory over Northern Iowa on Saturday night.
Northern Iowa led 13-7 before the two teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 4:30 to keep the crowd of 54,672 — the largest ever for an Iowa State home opener — guessing until the end.
Jantz threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Josh Lenz on a fourth-and-10 play to put Iowa State up 14-13. But on the next play, Tirrell Rennie lofted an 80-yard touchdown pass to David Johnson to put the FCS Panthers back on top, 19-14.
Jantz then took Iowa State back down the field for the game winner. His 32-yard pass to Aaron Horne put the ball at the Northern Iowa 2 and the Cyclones got it into the end zone on three straight sneaks by Jantz.