East Hartford, Connecticut (AP) - The margin of victory is more important to Iowa State.
After beating Northern Iowa by one point and three rivals in Iowa three extensions, the cyclone had a relatively easy victory in Connecticut four points on Friday.
Darius Reynolds had 128 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the second half to lead Iowa State to a 24-20 victory and a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005.
"I do not think anyone has taken us to win three," Coach Paul Rhoads said. "Confidence continues to build as we find ways to win football matches."
Cyclones overcame a 10-0 UConn to a slow start and fourth Steele Jantz, who threw three interceptions in his first four steps.
Jantzen, who threw four touchdown passes last week against rival Iowa, completed 18 of 29 for 200 yards on Friday. His 20-yard touch pass to Reynolds with just over 9 minutes to play, provided that the margin of victory.
Reynolds gave the Cyclones their first lead at 14-10 on a trick play when receiver Josh Lenz has a way to broker James White, rolled left and found high open behind the defense for a 40-yard touchdown with just over 11 minutes in the third quarter.
"We just kept saying," We got it, "said Lenz." We just kept their heads high. "
McCummings Scott, one of three UConn quarterbacks, ran a touchdown and threw another for the Huskies (1-2) and the receiver caught eight passes Isiah Moore 143 meters, but also had a key fumble to stop a run in the third quarter.
UConn took the ball in the territory of Iowa, twice in the last two minutes, but a quarter of despair Johnny McEntee up on the last play of the game was incomplete.
"It's much worse than a rash, because you know you have a chance to win and then you let it slip away," Isiah said Moore.
Kashif Moore gave UConn lead to 20-17 in the fourth quarter, when he outleaped corner on the back, Jeremy Reeves, play-action moves McCummings, then sprint down the left sideline for 39 yards a touchdown.
It was completed only McCummings' in three attempts.
But Jantzen Cyclones led to a drive 65 yards for the winning score.
Lentz made a jump of 19 yards to the UConn 20, before Reynolds caught the ball in the middle and defensive back Jerome UConn jumped Junior and Blida Wreh-Wilson on his way to the end zone.
Dave Teggart tied its own record for the Big East UConn, hitting two field goals of 50 yards. His 50-yard cut Iowa State lead to 14-13. He also made a 52-yard first half, but missed attempts of 41 and 43 yards.
UConn also had three sales, including two fumbles.
Iowa State Linebacker Jake Knott threw the ball from the hands of DJ Shoemate UConn 21-yard, 7 minutes left in the third quarter, the creation of 36-yard field goal that made Zach Guyer 17-13.
"We've just got to keep improving every week," said defensive end Patrick Neal, who had eight tackles. "I think we've done so far."
Shontrelle Johnson had 65 yards on the ground of cyclones, and James White added 44 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown in the first half.
UConn opened the game with a 10-play, 57 yards, scoring on an option 10 yards McCummings. He plunged into the college for his first touchdown, which was awarded after a video review overturned the call on the field.
Jantzen was taken on the Cyclones' first offensive play of Dwayne Gratz. But McEntee returned the favor the next snap. He was hit while throwing and nose guard Stephen Ruempolhamer caught the ball out of thin air.
Connecticut did not score after a 69-yard drive later in the quarter ended when the purpose of Dave Teggart from 41 yards was wide right, his first miss in 13 attempts.
Teggart hit a 52 yards on the next possession for the Huskies, a score that was created when Byron Jones made a diving interception along the right touchline. Teggart but missed again early in the second quarter from 43 yards.
Iowa State needed only five plays to go 74 yards for the Cyclones first score. After Reynolds outfought Wreh-Wilson for the ball to make a decision for 48 yards, White broke in the score for 26 yards, his longest run of the season.
Connecticut had 40 offensive plays in the first half, but managed only 114 yards in a crime.
The Huskies' three quarters combined to go 36 to 15 231 meters. McEntee was 13 of 30 for 188 yards and one interception.
Shoemate, who sat the first two games in Connecticut with an ankle injury, started the queue. He ran just eight times for 28 yards.
Lyle McCombs, who has averaged over 129 meters in the absence Shoemate, carried the ball 18 times for 46 yards.