Iowa State Cyclones News
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.