GAMEDAY College Football

Iowa State 42, Southeast Missouri State 10

By ANDREW LOGUE
Associated Press

AMES, Iowa - Hunter Dekkers made his debut as Iowa State's starting quarterback and threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns in a 42-10 rout of Southeast Missouri.

Dekkers, who completed a total of 25 passes in two seasons as the Cyclones' backup, finished 25 of 31 against the Redhawks, helping Iowa State to its most lopsided season-opening win since 2001.

"To be honest, I was expecting to have some kind of nerves going into this game," Dekkers said. "And I really didn't."

Dekkers is the first Iowa State quarterback to throw for four touchdowns in his initial start since 1999.

"I really thought he handled the flow of the game really well," Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said. "The operation of the offense, handling the football, distribution and accuracy, I thought he was really good."

Xavier Hutchinson caught a career-best three touchdowns, finishing with 128 yards on eight receptions.

"Nothing ever shocks me," Campbell said of Hutchinson. "Just because of what he continues to do in terms of his preparation."

The Cyclones' running game got off to a sluggish start, but Jirehl Brock rushed for 99 of his 104 yards in the second half, scoring on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Iowa State a 35-10 lead.

"Tailbacks, sometimes, it takes getting into the flow of the game a little bit," Campbell said. "I just think it came naturally smoother as the game went on."

Paxton DeLaurent was Southeast Missouri's most consistent offensive performer, running and passing for 296 yards.

The Cyclones scored on their first three possessions, and after a couple of hiccups late in the second quarter regained control in the third and cruised to victory.

Dekkers' only big gaffe was an interception just before halftime. He was the first quarterback other than Brock Purdy to start for Iowa State since 2018.

"I really have great faith in Hunter Dekkers," Campbell said. "I really fell in love with Hunter Dekkers from the first day I saw him in camp as a junior going to be a senior in high school.

"This isn't like the underdog story. This guy has been successful in everything he's done."

TAKEAWAY

Iowa State's offense looked sharp early, netting 258 first-half yards and reaching the end zone on its first three possessions. Seven different receivers caught passes from Dekkers. The only glitch came when the Cyclones tried to run the ball, rushing for just 20 yards on eight first-half carries, an average of 2.5 yards against an FCS opponent.

DEFENSIVE STANDS

The Cyclones could have been in a real tussle if not for two red zone stands by their defense. The first came on the game's opening drive, as Southeast Missouri reached the Iowa State 12-yard line. Tyler Onyedim ended that threat by intercepting a deflected pass. Southeast Missouri had the ball at Iowa State's 5 late in the first half but was held to a field goal and trailed 21-10 at the break.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SEMOIaSt
IaSt TD 2:29 Xavier Hutchinson 33 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 0 7
Second Quarter SEMOIaSt
IaSt TD 14:53 Xavier Hutchinson 33 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 0 14
IaSt TD 7:54 Xavier Hutchinson 8 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 0 21
SEMO TD 1:59 Damoriea Vick 11 yd pass from Paxton DeLaurent (DC Pippin kick) 7 21
SEMO FG 0:28 DC Pippin 23 yd FG 10 21
Third Quarter SEMOIaSt
IaSt TD 9:58 DeShawn Hanika 9 yd pass from Hunter Dekkers (Jace Gilbert kick) 10 28
Fourth Quarter SEMOIaSt
IaSt TD 13:29 Jirehl Brock 1 yd run (Jace Gilbert kick) 10 35
IaSt TD 6:06 Deon Silas 1 yd run (Jace Gilbert kick) 10 42
Team Stats
  Southeast Missouri State Iowa State
First downs 15 26
  Rushing 7 10
  Passing 8 12
  Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 8-12, 67%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 22-98 36-176
Passing Yards 222 293
Return Yards 52 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-38-1 25-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 6 3
Punts-Average 39.3 46.7
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-100 3-20
Time of Possession 27:25 32:35
Southeast Missouri State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
P. DeLaurent 19 38 222 1 1
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Dekkers 25 31 293 4 1
Southeast Missouri State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. DeLaurent 12 74 6.2 0
S. Rucker 3 9 3.0 0
G. Hess 6 8 1.3 0
D. Smith 1 7 7.0 0
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Brock 16 104 6.5 1
E. Sanders 7 24 3.4 0
C. Norton 3 21 7.0 0
D. Silas 6 17 2.8 1
H. Dekkers 3 11 3.7 0
Southeast Missouri State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Flournoy 3 56 18.7 0
J. King 6 46 7.7 0
D. Vick 5 45 9.0 1
P. Frazier 2 36 18.0 0
G. Hess 1 29 29.0 0
D. Smith 1 9 9.0 0
P. DeLaurent 1 1 1.0 0
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Hutchinson 8 128 16.0 3
D. Wilson Jr. 1 39 39.0 0
J. Noel 6 25 4.2 0
S. Shaw Jr. 2 21 10.5 0
D. Stanley 1 17 17.0 0
D. Hanika 2 16 8.0 1
E. Dean 1 15 15.0 0
E. Sanders 2 14 7.0 0
J. Brock 1 13 13.0 0
J. Rus 1 5 5.0 0
Southeast Missouri State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Lewis 1 27
Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Onyedim 1 0
Southeast Missouri State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
Z. Haynes 6 236 39.3
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Perkins 3 140 46.7
Southeast Missouri State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. McDonald 1 -7 -7.0
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Noel 1 -2 -2.0
Southeast Missouri State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. McDonald 2 32 16.0
K. Robbins 1 0 0
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Sanders 2 40 20.0
Southeast Missouri State Missed FG
Player Length
D. Pippin 41
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length




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