Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-23 on Saturday afternoon, overcoming an early charge by the Golden Hurricane to eventually walk away with a relatively easy victory.
Tulsa jumped to an early 16-7 lead in the first quarter before Iowa State put up 17 unanswered points in the second quarter including a Edwin Arceo 30-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give the Cyclones a 24-16 lead.
Iowa State would extend the lead with a James White 6-yard rushing touchdown early in the third quarter and had to hold off a late charge by Tulsa, who closed the score to withing 32-23 late in the fourth quarter. A Shontrelle Johnson 5-yard run would put the game away for the Cyclones with just two minutes remaining in the game.
Iowa State quarterback Steele Jantz threw for 281 yards on 45 attempts, with two passing touchdowns and one rushing. It was the rushing attack by the Cyclones that controlled the game, however, with Johnson putting up a career-high 120 yards on 18 carries in the game.
The win was the ninth time in 10 years that Iowa State has won the season opener.