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First bowl game in 22 years a success for ISU

Friday, December 29, 2000

Safety Doug Densmore was Mr. Everything in Iowa State's first ever bowl victory.

Among other things, he tipped away a 22-yard field goal try as the first half ended, threw the key block on JaMaine Billups' 72-yard punt return for a touchdown, and made a left-handed grab to down a punt on the Pittsburgh 1-yard line late in the game.

Rowdy, red-clad Iowa State fans made up most of the near-capacity crowd of 41,813 cheering on the Cyclones in their first bowl appearance in 22 years.

Iowa State, 0-4 in bowl games entering the contest, had its first nine-win season since 1906.

When it was over, the Cyclones fans rushed the field and tore down the goal posts.

Antonio Bryant, the winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in the country, caught five passes for 155 yards, including touchdowns of 72 and 44 yards, for Pittsburgh.

John Turman was 20-for-36 for 347 yards for the Panthers. He threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Pittsburgh's Kevan Barlow rushed for 114 yards in 22 carries.

The bowl game was moved from Tucson and was the first football contest played in Bank One Ballpark.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/02 Pilot Tribune.

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