AMES, Iowa (AP) Iowa State has some cleaning up to do if it wants to become the team it hoped to be back in August.
Iowa State (1-1) had a chance to field a punt and move within field-goal range with less than two minutes left in Saturday's 18-17 loss to Iowa. Instead, the ball bounced off Datrone Young and into the hands of the Hawkeyes for a game-clinching recovery.
Young's miscue was the lowlight of a trend in which Iowa State has made crucial mistakes in crucial moments. It's what allowed Northern Iowa to push the Cyclones into triple overtime in the opener and, ultimately, allowed Iowa to steal a win on the road.