Iowa State News
12-8-14: The Iowa State Cyclones traveled to TCU to take on the #3 TCU Horned Frogs this week in their final game of the season. This Big 12 matchup took place inside TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium with TCU’s playoff hopes hinging on the contest. Iowa State had lost five games in a row entering the contest which left their record at 2-9 and 0-8 in the conference leaving the Cyclones with nothing to play for this week. TCU had won six straight games coming into the contest which improved their record to 10-1 and their Big 12 record to 7-1. TCU needs a victory to clinch their own spot in the first College Football playoff while Iowa State looks to get their first conference victory and look to play spoiler in their final game of the season.
Iowa State tried to play the spoiler in the contest and win their first Big 12 game of the season but the offense was able to muster just 236 yards of total offense in the contest. TCU needed to win this game and win this game in a big way to convince the committee that the team deserved to be in the College Football Playoff. TCU did just that as the team ran up the score a bit while putting up 722 yards of total offense over an overmatched Cyclones defense. TCU’s Trevone Boykin finished the game with 460 yards passing, a receiving touchdown and four touchdowns passing before leaving the game after one drive in the fourth quarter. Boykin handed the ball to Bram Kohlhausen who marched down the field before the TCU head coach decided to kneel down on the ball rather than run up the score further showing class and respect for Iowa State. Sam B. Richardson had trouble moving the ball all day long against the TCU defense on the road and finished with just 152 yards passing with an interception and -14 yards rushing on four attempts. Sam E. Richardson intercepted a Boykin touchdown pass in the end zone to highlight the Cyclones defensive day in a 55-3 loss to the Horned Frogs. TCU forced 10 punts, caught two interceptions and allowed just a field goal in a total victory for the Horned Frogs.
Iowa State finished with a 2-10 and a 0-9 Big 12 record which makes the team ineligible for a bowl game while falling out of contention for a Big 12 Conference Championship game. TCU finished their season with an 11-1 record and an 8-1 conference record which makes the team bowl eligible and gave the Horned Frogs a share of the Big 12 Championship. Congratulations to TCU on the championship but this is not likely the last we see from this team as the Horned Frogs are likely to head to the inaugural College Football playoff.
11-9-14: The Iowa State Cyclones traveled to Kansas to take on the Kansas Jayhawks this week on the road in Memorial Stadium as a part of a Big-12 matchup for both clubs. Both of these schools are winless in the Big-12 Conference so one team will be walking away with their first conference victory of the season. Iowa State has lost two games in a row heading into the game dropping their overall record to 2-6 and 0-5 in the Big-12 while Kansas are losers of five straight heading into the contest and the owners of an overall record of 2-6 and 0-5 in the conference. Iowa State had no answer for the Kansas offense in this one as the Cyclones defense allowed 514 yards of total offense including 228 yards on the ground. Meanwhile Iowa State only managed 373 yards of total offense and just 98 yards on the ground which really was the difference maker in the contest. Kansas scored the first 24 points in the contest and kept pouring on as the Jayhawks took a 24-7 lead with them into the half. The Kansas defense would only allow one more scoring drive while the Jawhawks went on to win the game by the score of 34-14. Iowa State is still looking for their first win in the conference as their record dropped to 2-7 and 0-6 in the Big 12. Kansas improved their overall record to 3-6 and 1-5 in the conference with the victory. Get your Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game two Saturday’s from today when the team hosts the Texas Tech Red Raiders at home on November, 22 in Jack Trice Stadium. The game time and television schedule have yet to be determined at this time.
11-3-14: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets hosted the Virginia Cavaliers this week at home in Bobby Dodd Stadium in an ACC matchup for both squads. Georgia Tech came into the game fresh off a victory over Pittsburgh that improved their record to 6-2 and 3-2 in the ACC while Virginia has lost two games in a row and saw their record drop to 4-4 and 2-2 in the conference this season. Georgia Tech’s offense seemed to have a chip on their shoulder in their last game as Paul Johnson’s crew ran up the score late in the contest and seemingly had that same chip on their shoulder in this one. Georgia Tech is known to be a running team with that spread offense but quarterback Justin Thomas’ arm was on full display in this contest. Deon Hill ran in the first Georgia Tech touchdown before Thomas threw touchdown passes to both DeAndre Smelter and Darren Waller as the Yellow Jackets took a 21-10 lead with them into halftime. Synjyn Davis ran in a third quarter touchdown and caught another one from Thomas in the fourth quarter as the Yellow Jackets extended their lead to 35-10 halfway through the final quarter. Georgia Tech had many of their regulars out of the game at this point and the Yellow Jackets went on to win the game by the score of 35-10 improving their record to 7-2 on the season and 4-2 in the ACC with the victory. With the loss Virginia’s record dropped to 4-5 and 2-3 in the conference. Get your Georgia Tech tickets for next Saturday’s game as the Yellow Jackets travel to NC State to take on the Wolfpack in Carter-Finley Stadium. The game will be played at 12:30 pm ET and can be seen on television on ESPN3.
10-27-14: The Iowa State Cyclones took the week off to prepare for the #17 ranked Oklahoma Sooners as these two teams play next Saturday in Jack Trice Stadium in a Big 12 matchup for both teams. Iowa State is having a tough go of things this season, especially in the Big 12, as the Cyclones overall record dropped to 2-5 and 0-4 in the conference after losing to the Texas Longhorns last week in a shootout. Oklahoma also took the week off this week as they prepare to travel to Iowa to take on the Cyclones. Oklahoma will come into the game with a 5-2 record with a 2-2 conference record this season. This game has all the makings of being a tough one for the Cyclones as their defense on paper seems to be no match for the Sooners offense. Iowa State has allowed 35.3 points per game this season while allowing a high of 49 points and a low of 17 points this season. Oklahoma is still an offensive juggernaut as the team is averaging 39.0 points per game which is good for the 15th best offense in all of college football. Much of Oklahoma’s offense has come off the arm of quarterback Trevor Knight who has 1,821 yards and nine touchdowns already on the season. Iowa State’s offense is also mainly made up of the throwing game and Cyclones QB Sam B. Richardson. Richardson has led the Cyclones with 1,699 yards and 13 touchdown passes this season. Richardson also leads the team in rushing with 319 yards which speaks to the Cyclones ability to move the football. Get your Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game as the team hosts the Oklahoma State Sooners next Saturday at home in Jack Trice Stadium. The game will be played at 3:30 pm ET and the television schedule has yet to be determined as of yet.
10-20-14: The Iowa State Cyclones traveled to Texas to take on the Texas Longhorns this week in Royal Texas Memorial Stadium in a Big 12 matchup. Iowa State came into the game with a 2-4 record and a 0-3 record in the Big 12 while Texas came in with an identical 2-4 record and 1-2 conference record this season. Iowa State on paper was a big underdog to the Longhorns but the Cyclones actually played Texas tough from whistle to whistle in this contest. This was a back and forth and give and take type game as Texas put up the first 14 points in the contest only to give up 21 unanswered points to the Iowa State offense. Texas came back to put the football in the end zone twice only to allow a Sam B. Richardson touchdown run before time expired in the first half as these two teams went into halftime tied at 28-28. Each team managed a field goal each in the third quarter setting up a shootout in the fourth quarter. It looked for a while that whoever had the football last would win this game as these two teams continued to trade touchdowns late into the final quarter. With just 1:19 left on the clock Texas’ Malcolm Brown ran in what looked like a game winning touchdown but Cyclones QB Sam B. Richardson marched his team down the field 75 yards in six plays in less than a minute and into the end zone to tie the game at 45-45 with just 0:28 setting up a potential overtime period. On the ensuing kickoff Texas took the football 68 yards on three plays in a mere 0:25 as the Longhorns set up for the game winning field goal from 21 yards out with just 0:03 left in the game. Longhorn’s field goal kicker Nick Rose set up and nailed the kick giving the Longhorns a big 48-45 victory over the Cyclones to improve their record on the season to 3-4 and 2-2 in the Big 12. Iowa State saw their record drop to 2-5 and 0-4 in the conference with the heartbreaking loss. Get your Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game as the team travels to Oklahoma two Saturday’s from now on November 1st to take on the #11 ranked Sooners at home in Jack Trice Stadium. The starting game time has yet to be announced.
10-15-14: The Iowa State Cyclones hosted the Toledo Rockets this week at home in Jack Trice Stadium as the Cyclones looked to turn their troublesome 2014 season around. Iowa State had a 1-4 record with a 0-3 record in the Big 12 coming into the contest while Toledo had an impressive 4-2 record with a perfect 3-0 record in the MAC this season. These two teams traded field goals for much of the first half of this contest as they combined for five field goals as Toledo led by the score of 13-9 at halftime. Iowa State kicked their offense up a notch in the second half with 14 unanswered points to take a 23-13 lead before Toledo inched closer at 23-20 at the end of three quarters with a touchdown of their own. This game had all the makings of a shootout in the fourth quarter and it lived up to the hype with 23 points being scored combined by these two teams, 14 of them going to Iowa State and 10 going to Toledo. Toledo got as close as 37-30 in the contest but would get no closer as the Cyclones would win this game by that same score. Iowa State improved their record to 2-4 on the season while Toledo dropped their own record to 4-3. Be sure to get your Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game next Saturday as the team travels to take on the Texas Longhorns on the road in Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game will be played at 8:00 pm ET and can be seen on the Longhorn Network.
10-6-14: The Iowa State Cyclones traveled to Oklahoma this week to take on the #21 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys in Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cyclones went into this week with a 1-3 record and a 0-2 record in the Big 12 and faced off with the 3-1 Cowboys with a 1-0 Big 12 conference record. Iowa State was a huge underdog coming into this contest but actually played Oklahoma State tough and close for much of this contest. The defenses were on show in the first quarter as both teams were held scoreless until a pair of Iowa State field goals put the Cyclones up by the score of 6-0. Oklahoma State finally got on the scoreboard when they kicked two field goals of their own to tie the score at 6-6 in less than three minutes. Oklahoma State’s running back Desmond Roland ran a touchdown into the end zone to take a 13-6 lead as time expired in the first half. Oklahoma State received the ball after the half and promptly returned the ball off the kickoff into the end zone to take a commanding 20-6 lead and take much of the wind out of the Cyclones sails. Sam B Richardson, the Cyclones QB, did throw a touchdown pass at the 10:02 mark in the third quarter to bring the score within 20-13 before the Cowboys put the ball into the end zone once again in just over two minutes to protect a lead that they would not surrender. The Cowboys added 10 more points before the contest was over and ultimately beat the Cyclones by the score of 37-20. Iowa State’s record dropped to 1-4 with a 0-3 record in the Big 12 while Oklahoma State improved their strong record to 4-1 and 2-0 in the Big 12. Be sure to grab some Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game next Saturday as they take on the Toledo Rockets at home in Jack Trice Stadium. The game will be played at 3:30 pm ET and will not be televised nationally.
10-1-14: The Iowa State Cyclones faced their toughest task of the young college football season this week when they hosted the 7th ranked Baylor Bears at home in Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones got their first victory two weeks ago against Iowa to improve their record to 1-2 while the Bears are a perfect 3-0 on the season. This was the first Big12 matchup of the season for the Bears and the second for the Cyclones as Iowa State had already lost their first conference game of the season against the Kansas State Wildcats. As expected Baylor had their way with the Iowa State Cyclones early and often in this contest. It only took four minutes in the first quarter for Baylor to have a two touchdown lead and only took one half of football for the Bears to be up by the score of 35-7. Baylor and Iowa State traded two touchdowns a piece in the third quarter and Baylor rested their regulars in the fourth quarter in a big 49-28 victory over the Cyclones. Baylor was able to put up 601 yards of total offense during the game including 357 of those yards coming in the air from Baylor’s QB’s Bryce Petty and Seth Russell. Iowa State protected the ball well and only turned the ball over twice, once on an interception and once on a turnover on downs, but the Baylor defense was just too much for Sam B. Richardson and the Cyclones on this day as Iowa State’s record falls to 1-3. Baylor’s perfect season hopes are still alive as the Bears improved their record to 4-0 in the contest. Get your Iowa State tickets for the next Cyclones game as the team takes the week to prepare and travel to Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Boone Pickens Stadium. The game will be next Saturday on October 4th.
9-22-14: The Iowa State Cyclones have a week off to prepare before hosting the 7th ranked Baylor Bears next week at home in Jack Trice Stadium in Iowa. Iowa will head into the game looking to spoil Baylor’s perfect 3-0 season as the Cyclones put their own 1-2 record on the line. This is a Big 12 matchup and the first in the conference for Baylor and the second of the young season for Iowa State. Simply looking at the stats Iowa State looks to be overmatched so this could either be a long day for Cyclones fans or one of the biggest upsets of the young college football season. If Iowa State wants to shock the nation with a win over the Baylor Bears the team will have to get away from their one dimensional offensive attack with quarterback Sam B. Richardson leading the team in passing with 591 yards and rushing with 119 yards in three games. The Cyclones offense is ranked 95th in the nation in passing yards with 206.7 yards per game, 113th in rushing yards with 96.3 yards per game, and 105th in points scored with 20.7 points per game. The defense will have to come up huge for the Cyclones next week if they want to get the victory. Get your Iowa State tickets for the Cyclones next game on October 4 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road in Boone Pickens Stadium.
9-16-14: The Iowa State Cyclones went into this week’s game against the Iowa Hawkeyes still looking for their first win of the young season. The Cyclones have never had much success in recent years in Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium but this week played the Hawkeyes tough and won the game on a last second field goal as time expired. The final score was 20-17 Cyclones as overcame a 14-3 score at the half by throwing the football. Cyclones QB Sam B. Richardson threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns, both thrown in the second half, while throwing zero interceptions. Richardson got the Cyclones to a 17-14 lead before the Iowa State defense allowed a 44 yard field goal at the end of a 10 play Iowa drive. Iowa State marched right back down the field with an 11 play and 51 yard drive of their own setting up Cole Netten’s game winning 42 yard field goal to win the game for the Cyclones. Iowa State is off next week so they have an extra week to prepare for their game with the Baylor Bears from the Big 12. Get your tickets for that game now as the Cyclones look to spoil Baylor’s bid at a National Championship.
9-8-14: The Iowa State Cyclones took on the Kansas State Wildcats this week at home as the Cyclones searched for their first victory of the season. Iowa State was down 13 before they score their first points of the contest when Sam E. Richardson threw a 17 yard pass to Jarvis West for a touchdown. That drive would be the first of four consecutive trips to the end zone for Iowa State as Jarvis West returned an 82 yard punt for a touchdown, DeVondrick Nealy ran one in for a two yard touchdown, and Jarvis West threw a 29 yard passing touchdown to Allen Lazard to give the Cyclones a 28-20 lead at halftime. That Lazard receiving touchdown would be the last time the Cyclones would score this afternoon and the defense failed to hold the Wildcats down as Kansas State took down the Iowa State Cyclones 32-28. Sam E. Richardson led the throwing game going 21/30 with 185 yards and the one touchdown and one interception. The Cyclones had a three headed monster rushing today with DeVondrick Nealy getting 10 carries for 38 yards, Aaron Wimberly getting 14 carries for 37 yards, and Sam B. Richardson got 12 carries and got 32 yards. Jarvis West led the team in receiving with eight catches and 75 yards and the touchdown. The Iowa State Cyclones take on the Iowa Hawkeyes next week in a rivalry game so be sure to get your tickets for that.