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Iowa State struggling against Iowa

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Austen Arnaud told me on several occasions earlier this week that he gets more excited about playing Iowa than any other team.

It looks like Arnaud's excitement might have gotten the best of him as he was intercepted three times in the first half. Those mistakes have helped Iowa jump to a 21-3 lead early in the third quarter.

The game could have been much worse as Iowa State safety David Sims killed two Iowa first-half drives with interceptions of his own for the Cyclones.

But with momentum and halftime adjustments seemingly kicking in for the Cyclones, they shot themselves in the foot on their first drive of the second half. Alexander Robinson fumbled at the ISU 48.

Eight plays later, Iowa quarterback Richard Stanzi hooked up with Allen Reisner for a 7-yard touchdown. It was his third touchdown pass of the game.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads will face a huge challenge trying to get his team back into this game.

It might help them if they could protect the ball and stay away from turnovers to start.