When Hollywood decides to do a movie about Saturday’s 9-6 Cyclone win in Iowa City, it should be called “20”.That would be in honor of Iowa State’s senior linebacker Jake Knott. His interception on the opponents’ final drive of the game ended the suspense in a defensive tug-of-war. “Number 20 decided to go win a football game,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “It was just a phenomenal football play. Jake Knott made the kind of play in a series that will have him go down in history.” Maybe, Iowa’s James Vandenberg should have known the power of 20 before his final throw. Before the Knott pick, he had completed his 20th pass. Trying for 21 must have been pushing the envelope too far. The throw towards C.J. Fiedorowicz was tipped and picked by Knott at the Iowa State 24-yard line. Had the slightly underthrown pass travelled to the 20 instead, who knows what would have happened? The win was Iowa State’s first at Kinnick Stadium since 2002. It leveled Rhoads’ record as the ISU coach at, of course, 20-20. That figures. When Rhoads took the reins of the ISU program, it was a head scratcher to him why no one had signed Knott to play football. Rhoads offered a scholarship, Knott accepted and the tale of #20 began. It feels like this thriller is just beginning. My sense is that the storyline for #20 has a ways to go. Perhaps, there is a sequel in the making, too.
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