Iowa State football head coach Matt Campbell (22) celebrates with running back Deon Silas (22) after a touchdown against Southeast Missouri State during the fourth quarter in the season opening  home game at Jack Trice Stadium Saturday, Sep. 3, 2022, in Ames, Iowa.

Iowa State seeks first win over Iowa with Matt Campbell at helm

Iowa State travels east on Saturday looking for its first win over the host Iowa Hawkeyes since Matt Campbell took over as Cyclones head coach for the 2016 season.

Could this be the year? Iowa State (1-0) opened its season last week by pulling away from a 21-10 halftime lead to throttle visiting Southeast Missouri State 42-10.

Iowa (1-0) had a decidedly more difficult time in Iowa City, with the defense (two safeties) outscoring the offense (one field goal), but still beating perennial FCS power South Dakota State 7-3 last Saturday.

Perhaps it’s not such a surprise that one of the questions for Campbell at his weekly press conference was about Iowa’s punter, Tory Taylor, who averaged 47.9 yards on 10 punts.

“He’s an outstanding player. … Talk about the ability to change field position,” Campbell said. “They’re also really good in their coverage units. They also have 10 other guys who do a great job around him.”

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said he was impressed with Iowa State’s Hunter Dekkers, a first-year starter at quarterback. Dekkers completed 25 of 31 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in the season opener.

“He really looked poised. Made good throws the other day, and they hit some big plays,” Ferentz said. “They’ve got a good group of receivers. Tough to defend. But the biggest thing, he just looked like he was totally under control … and he can pull it down and run it, too.”

Eight of Dekkers’ completions, and three of his touchdowns, went to wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson.

“He’s a really good football player, and then on top of it they do a really good job of moving him around, so he’s not always in plays,” Ferentz said. “You don’t know where he’s going to show up, and they did a nice job the other day of getting a personnel mismatch and they made the opponent pay for it.”

Iowa starting quarterback Spencer Petras completed only 11 of 25 passes for 109 yards last Saturday, and Ferentz fell far short of endorsing him as the long-term starter over junior Alex Padilla.

“Our intention right now is to go out and play, and we’ll evaluate everything as it comes,” Ferentz said.

The sputtering offense drew some boos from the home crowd over the weekend.

“Everybody on the team is human, so I’m sure they hear it,” Ferentz said of his players. “I’m going to say it’s unfortunate, but it’s just — it is what it is. It’s sports and that’s the world we live in today.”

Campbell said Iowa’s absences on offense make it difficult to know what to expect this weekend.

“First games are first games, so it’s really hard to evaluate, especially when you have a lot of guys out, but I think there’s a lot of impressive pieces with that,” he said.

–Field Level Media

Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) runs to the end zone during the Iowa State, Southeast Missouri State game on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones are up 21-10 against the Redhawks.

Hunter Dekkers helps Iowa State trounce SE Missouri State

Hunter Dekkers threw for four touchdowns — three in the first half to Xavier Hutchinson — as Iowa State opened the season by beating visiting Southeast Missouri State 42-10 on Saturday afternoon in Ames, Iowa.

Dekkers was 25-for-31 passing for 293 yards with one interception. Hutchinson compiled 128 receiving yards on eight receptions.

Running back Jirehl Brock gained 104 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown.

The Dekkers-to-Hutchinson scoring plays went for 33, 33 and 8 yards, all within a 10-minute span.

Southeast Missouri State quarterback Paxton DeLaurent, a transfer from NAIA program Central Methodist, threw for 222 yards on 19-for-38 passing with a touchdown and an interception. He also was the team’s top rusher with 74 yards on 12 carries, though the Redhawks managed just 98 yards on the ground.

Trailing 21-0, the Redhawks moved into scoring position late in the first half, but DC Pippin’s 41-yard field goal attempt was blocked.

Still, Southeast Missouri State racked up 10 points in the last two minutes of the first half to pull within 21-10 by the break. DeLaurent’s 11-yard pass to Damoriea Vick gave the Redhawks their first points and then a field goal followed the Dekkers interception.

Dekkers threw 9 yards to DeShawn Hanika for Iowa State’s first points of the second half and increasing the lead to 28-10.

The Cyclones added fourth-quarter touchdowns on 1-yard runs from Brock and Deon Silas.

The first four possessions in the second half for Southeast Missouri State ended in punts.

Iowa State looked in control by midway through the second quarter when it posted a 90-yard drive covering 11 plays that concluded with the third touchdown reception for Hutchinson.

Southeast Missouri State was hurt by 100 yards worth of penalties on nine infractions.

It was the first meeting between the teams. Southeast Missouri State dropped to 0-3 all-time against Big 12 opponents.

–Field Level Media

Hunter Dekkers stands for a photo during Iowa State Football media day at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.

Iowa State, SE Missouri State face off with new QBs

Iowa State could use a fresh start and the Cyclones should receive that in several ways as the season begins.

Coming off a series of disappointing results last year, Iowa State begins a season of redemption with Saturday afternoon’s game against visiting Southeast Missouri State in Ames, Iowa.

“We still think we have some solid depth and you’re going to need it,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “We’ll see when the lights come on and you have to go play.”

Iowa State went 7-6 last year, losing three of its last four games.

Iowa State and Southeast Missouri each are breaking in a new starting quarterback.

Redshirt sophomore Hunter Dekkers takes over for Iowa State.

“It’s definitely a different mindset going into this,” Dekkers said. “There are certain parts of my game that are underrated that people haven’t seen because I haven’t been on the field (very much).”

Dekkers said he has altered his body to be more sleek after shedding some pounds. With nutrition and weight training, “I’ve completely transformed my body,” he said.

The Cyclones don’t want much change from defensive end Will McDonald IV, who’s a preseason All-American. A redshirt senior, he already holds the school career record with 29 sacks.

Paxton DeLaurent, a 6-foot-5 transfer from Central Methodist, won the quarterback battle to be Southeast Missouri’s starter. He unseated CJ Ogbonna, who started every game last year for the Redhawks.

“Paxton is a lot more athletic than you would think being so long and tall,” offensive coordinator Jeromy McDowell said. “He can process in a hurry and that allows him to anticipate throws and use all his weapons.”

Last season for Central Methodist, DeLaurent threw 25 touchdown passes and rushed for a team-high 553 yards with seven touchdowns.

Southeast Missouri coach Tom Matukewicz said there will be situations when multiple quarterbacks will be critical parts of the game plan. Despite being a newcomer, DeLaurent has looked comfortable.

“He has stepped up several times and manages our offense well,” Matukewicz said.

This will be the first meeting Southeast Missouri-Iowa State meeting. It’s only the third time the Redhawks will take on a team from the Big 12 Conference, with the other two resulting in 2014 and 2017 losses to Kansas State.

–Field Level Media

Dec 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA;  Clemson Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) drops back to pass in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Defense guides No. 19 Clemson past Iowa State in Cheez-It Bowl

Clemson’s Mario Goodrich returned an interception for a touchdown late in the third quarter and thwarted a fourth-down attempt by Iowa State with 33 seconds remaining as the 19th-ranked Tigers defeated the Cyclones 20-13 Wednesday in the Cheez-It Bowl at Orlando.

The victory enabled Clemson (10-3) to reach the 10-win plateau for an 11th consecutive season, placing the Tigers alongside Florida State (1987-2000) and Alabama (2008-21) as the only programs to reach double-digit victories in 11 straight seasons.

Clemson, which failed to make the College Football Playoff for the first time in six years, got off to a 2-2 start but rallied to win eight of its final nine games, including the last six in a row.

Iowa State (7-6) pulled within 20-13 on a 6-yard pass from Brock Purdy to Charlie Kolar with 9:42 left in the game, but Clemson’s defense came up with big plays down the stretch.

The Tigers halted one drive with a third-down sack by K.J. Henry, and the Cyclones’ final drive with a fourth-down stop of Purdy, who appeared to have run for a first down before Goodrich forced a fumble that forced him to lose yardage short of the first down.

The teams battled through an ugly first half, swapping field goals before Clemson emerged with a 6-3 lead at halftime. B.T. Potter connected from 23 and 51 yards for the Tigers while Andrew Mevis had a 22-yarder for Iowa State.

The game took a turn late in the third quarter as Goodrich’s interception return came just 53 seconds after a 12-yard touchdown run by Will Shipley. The two scores resulted in Clemson going up 20-3 with 4:01 left in the third.

Shipley led Clemson with 61 yards on 18 carries while Kobe Pace added 51 yards on 12 attempts. Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei completed 21 of 32 passes for 187 yards and one interception.

Iowa State, which was playing with top running back Breece Hall, who skipped the game as he prepares for the NFL Draft, managed only 66 yards on the ground. Purdy completed 23 of 39 passes for 204 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Clemson’s defense had a season-low two tackles for loss but came up big in crucial situations and limited the Cyclones to 270 yards and a season-low point total.

The victory gives Dabo Swinney a 150-36 record in 14 seasons as Clemson’s head coach.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney during practice at the Poe Indoor Facility in Clemson in Clemson, S.C. Friday, December 17, 2021.

Clemson Football Practice Dec 17 Friday

Clemson, Iowa State out to shelve disappointment in Cheez-It Bowl

Clemson and Iowa State – two teams that began the season ranked among the top 10 before falling by the wayside – will try to cap disappointing seasons with a victory when they play Wednesday in the Cheez-It Bowl at Orlando.

No. 19 Clemson (9-3), which made the College Football Playoff for six consecutive seasons, had three regular-season losses for the first time since 2014. But the Tigers still have a shot to become just the third team ever to post double-digit victories for 11 consecutive seasons, joining Florida State (14, 1987-2000) and Alabama (14, 2008-2021).

No Clemson player has indicated they have plans to skip the bowl game.

“There has been a lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of excitement,” Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney said. “We went seven straight days (of practice) in Clemson and obviously had new pieces and things like that, and guys have really done a good job of leading and just practicing with purpose. That’s what it takes to be successful in the postseason.”

The Tigers, who are 149-36 with 14 consecutive bowl trips in as many seasons under Swinney, got off to a 4-3 start, including a 10-3 loss to Georgia in their season opener. They rallied to close the regular season with five straight victories.

But Clemson has lost both coordinators in the past few weeks, with defensive coordinator Brent Venables taking the head coaching post at Oklahoma and offensive coordinator Tony Elliott assuming the reins at Virginia.

Swinney recently filled both posts from within the program, naming quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter offensive coordinator, while defensive analyst Wes Goodwin and safeties coach Mickey Conn were named co-defensive coordinators.

“I’m really, really excited about the people that we have in place,” Swinney said. “I’ve always taken a lot of pride in developing our players and developing our team, but I also take a lot of pride in developing our staff.”

Iowa State (7-5), which is playing in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game, was a preseason favorite in the Big 12 but lost five games by a combined 29 points and all four of its league losses came down to the final possession.

A Cheez-It Bowl victory would give the Cyclones at least eight wins for the fourth time in Coach Matt Campbell’s six seasons.

Campbell has visited Clemson and been the lead presenter at Clemson’s high school coaching clinic.

“You are always searching for people in our profession that are doing it the right way and they’re leading from the heart,” Campbell said of Swinney. “That was a huge eye-opening experience of, ‘Man, you can lead a football program the right way.’

“It’s an honor to play against them and compete against them. It means a ton for our program.”

Campbell’s Cyclones must face an elite Clemson defense without its primary offensive weapon. All-America running back Breece Hall announced on Dec. 18 that he’s skipping the bowl game and forgoing his final year of eligibility to enter the 2022 NFL Draft.

Hall led the nation in scoring with 138 points and touchdowns with 23.

That leads much of the Cyclones’ offensive burden to quarterback Brock Purdy, who led the Big 12 in both passing yards and total offense and ranked fourth nationally with a completion percentage of 73.1.

Clemson’s defense will present a stiff challenge. The Tigers rank second nationally in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game and rank among the top 10 in the country in 11 other defensive categories.

But the Tigers have struggled offensively this season following the loss of quarterback Trevor Lawrence and running back Travis Etienne to the NFL.

D.J. Uiagalelei struggled in his first season as a starting quarterback and inexperience plagued an offense that had only one senior starter, resulting in an offense that ranked 96th among FBS teams.

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Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the TCU Horned Frogs at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State star RB Breece Hall declares for NFL draft

Iowa State two-time All-American running back Breece Hall announced Saturday that he is entering the NFL draft and skipping the school’s Cheez-It Bowl contest against Clemson.

Hall rushed for 3,941 yards and a school-record 50 touchdowns in three seasons with the Cyclones. He also set a school mark with 56 total touchdowns and set an NCAA record by scoring at least one rushing TD in 24 straight games.

Hall rushed for 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He added 36 receptions for 302 yards and three scores and was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

“Playing for Iowa State has been nothing short of a gift,” Hall wrote in an Instagram post. “The last three years, this team has defined five-star culture and I could not be more grateful to be a part of that. …

“After much praying and discussion with loved ones, I have decided to forgo my remaining eligibility and enter the 2022 NFL Draft. While this decision has not been easy, playing in the NFL has been a lifelong dream of mine.”

Hall is expected to be the first running back drafted.

Hall’s 3,941 career yards are second in Iowa State history behind Troy Davis, who gained 4,382 yards from 1994-96. Davis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

The Cyclones (7-5) play No. 19 Clemson (9-3) on Dec. 29 in Orlando, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Nov 26, 2021; Ames, Iowa, USA; Iowa State Cyclones running back Breece Hall (28) runs away from TCU Horned Frogs defensive end Ochaun Mathis (32) at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Breece Hall enjoys record-setting day as Iowa State tops TCU

Breece Hall rushed for career-best 242 yards and three touchdowns and added a scoring reception as Iowa State prepared for the postseason with an easy 48-14 win over visiting TCU on Friday in Ames, Iowa.

Hall scored a rushing touchdown in his 24th consecutive game, breaking the NCAA mark as set by Arkansas’ Bill Burnette from 1968-70.

Brock Purdy passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12). The Cyclones are bowl eligible for a program-record fifth straight year and will continue their season in December.

The Horned Frogs (5-7, 3-6) were trying to clinch a berth in a bowl but will now have to wait to see if they can fill a spot among a bevy of 5-7 teams.

Max Duggan passed for 216 yards and two scores for TCU while playing with a broken foot.

The Cyclones scored on the game’s opening possession, moving 50 yards in nine plays to Andrew Mevis’ 27-yard field goal. Iowa State added to its lead with a 40-yard touchdown run by Jirehl Brock with 13:12 to play in the second quarter at the end of a five-play, 80-yard drive.

Hall’s 39-yard scoring run with 3:35 left in the second quarter put him in the history books and pushed the Cyclones’ advantage to 17-0.

TCU got on the board late in the half on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Blair Conwright and pulled within 17-7.

Hall hauled in a swing pass from Purdy on Iowa State’s first possession of the third quarter and turned it into a 22-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 24-7. Later in the quarter, Mevis hit a 32-yard field goal to build the margin to 20 points.

Hall added an 80-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter and a 4-yard touchdown run at the 8:53 mark to augment his big day.

The Horned Frogs got a fourth-quarter 6-yard touchdown pass from Duggan to Tyler Guyton four snaps after a 78-yard kickoff return by Derius Davis.

Purdy passed 48 yards to Chase Allen for the game’s final score with 4:48 to play.

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Nov 20, 2021; Norman, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Brian Asamoah (24) causes Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) to fumble during the second quarter at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 Oklahoma shuts down Iowa State, 28-21

Kennedy Brooks ran for 115 yards, combining with a strong defensive performance as the No. 13 Sooners beat Iowa State 28-21 on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Sooners won despite throwing for just 96 yards, their fewest since 2014.

Oklahoma’s defense made life difficult for Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy for much of the day, racking up a season-high seven sacks.

But still, Iowa State had a chance to tie or win in the closing moments before Pat Fields’ interception with 15 seconds left ended it.

The Sooners (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) won by seven or fewer points for the sixth time this season.

Purdy zeroed in on Charlie Kolar on the last two drives, hitting him for eight passes during that span. The Norman native finished with 12 catches for 152 yards and a touchdown.

Purdy finished 30 of 41 for 281 yards and a touchdown and an interception for the Cyclones (6-5, 4-4).

Iowa State got back in the game in the fourth quarter thanks to a 29-yard run on a fake punt by Andrew Mevis, followed five plays later by Hunter Dekkers’ 12-yard touchdown pass to Chase Allen to cut the Sooners’ lead to 21-14.

The Sooners stretched the lead to 14 again with about five minutes to play, but the Cyclones once again answered with a score of their own.

The teams started off trading touchdowns on their first drives.

Iowa State scored a play after a review turned what was initially an incompletion into a catch and a fumble, with Oklahoma cornerback D.J. Graham knocking the ball free. But Graham was out of bounds when he forced the fumble, giving the Cyclones the ball at the spot of the fumble — inside the Sooners’ 1.

Oklahoma scored on Caleb Williams’ 74-yard touchdown run on the second play of the next drive.

From there, the defenses took over.

Iowa State did it by not only containing Williams’ ability to run but also in limiting his options down the field, sacking WIlliams several times as he waited in the pocket for options to open up deep.

The Sooners’ defense got after Purdy from the start, sacking him five times in the first half, including a pair by Isaiah Thomas.

In the final seconds of the second quarter, cornerback Key Lawrence crashed down to hit the ball away from Purdy, sending it bounding down the field, where Jalen Redmond picked it up for a 42-yard touchdown to give Oklahoma a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Purdy left the game in the third quarter after a hard hit by Delarrin Turner-Yell but returned after two drives.

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears linebacker Matt Jones (52) knocks the ball away from Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Caleb Williams (13) during the second half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma, Iowa State looking to rebound from losses

Oklahoma and Iowa State came into the season as the favorites to meet again in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Saturday’s matchup between the teams in Norman, Okla., isn’t an elimination game on both sides — the Sooners still could reach the title game with a loss — but with two games left, both teams need a late push if they are to return to the conference championship game.

Oklahoma is coming off a 27-14 loss at Baylor, its first loss of the season, putting the Sooners’ streak of six consecutive Big 12 titles in jeopardy and putting them in the position of having to win out — and likely get help elsewhere — in order to make the College Football Playoff.

The Sooners (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) fell to No. 13 in the College Football Playoff rankings after suffering their first November loss since 2014.

“We don’t get this feeling very often here, but anytime you don’t win a game and don’t put your best foot forward, you just can’t wait for the next one to get here,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said Tuesday. “That’s how we’d describe our team right now. We wish we were playing today, to be completely honest.”

Against Baylor, Riley briefly pulled quarterback Caleb Williams after WIlliams was ineffective for long stretches and had his hand stepped on during a tackle. But Riley said Williams’ hand was fine and that he would start against Iowa State.

The Cyclones (6-4, 4-3) come in off a 41-38 loss at Texas Tech, their second loss in three games.

“It’s easy to get caught up emotionally with the disappointment of not getting a result,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “And yet I’ve sat here and preached this for the last five years. You’ll get as (good as) your work deserves.”

The Cyclones have given the Sooners fits in recent years, beating them in the regular-season last season 37-30 before falling 27-21 in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Iowa State won 38-31 in Norman in 2017 before being a last-minute, two-point conversion away from pulling off another victory, falling 42-41 there in 2019.

Charlie Kolar had a pair of strong games against the Sooners last season, with 10 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown, including six catches for 92 yards and a score in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Saturday’s game will be Kolar’s last for the Cyclones in his hometown.

“We shouldn’t need that type of motivation to go play hard,” Kolar said. “If you’re implying that you can play harder against a team that (is in your hometown), there’s something wrong.

“Obviously there’s a little more emotion, but in terms of the way you prepare and play, it should be the same.”

Riley said Kolar’s route-running separates him from other tight ends in college football.

“You just watch him run and you don’t appreciate how big he is,” Riley said. “And you get on the field with him and, you know, a big human that in a lot of ways kind of runs and gets in and out of cuts like a wideout.

“I would imagine with all that’s going on in the NFL right now in terms of how people are using those guys that he’s gonna have a bright future.”

–Field Level Media

Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) gets tackled by Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Anthony Johnson Jr. (26) after gaining a first down during the second quarter at Jack Trice Stadium, Nov. 6, 2021, in Ames, Iowa.

Breece Hall, stout defense carry Iowa St. to rout of Texas

Breece Hall ran for 136 yards and two scores, and the Iowa State defense did the rest as the Cyclones rolled to a 30-7 win over Texas on Saturday in Big 12 Conference play in Ames, Iowa.

Hall picked up his two TDs and 98 of his yards in the third quarter when the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit and swamped Texas.

The Longhorns, who came in averaging 447 yards per game and 39.4 points per game, didn’t come close to matching those benchmarks, amassing just 207 total yards.

Texas (4-5, 2-4) only gained six yards, had just 14 offensive snaps and punted four times during the pivotal third quarter. Texas lost a fourth straight game for the first time since 2010.

Brock Purdy was 27-of-38 passing for 252 yards for Iowa State. Xavier Hutchinson caught eight passes for 96 yards and threw a touchdown pass while Andrew Mevis added three field goals, including a 51-yarder to cap the scoring.

Hudson Card passed for 101 yards and a touchdown for Texas after entering in relief of the ineffective Casey Thompson. Bijan Robinson had 90 yards rushing and caught eight passes for 36 yards but fumbled twice, the second coming early in the fourth quarter after which he left the game with an injury.

Robinson fumbled on his first carry of the game. Iowa State then moved 32 yards in seven plays to set the table for Mevis’ 24-yard field goal and a 3-0 lead at the 12:27 mark of the first quarter.

Xavier Worthy pushed Texas to a 7-3 lead via a 4-yard scoring pass on a jet sweep with 5:29 left in the second quarter. The TD came at the end of a 14-play, 78-yard drive.

Iowa State outgained the Longhorns 180-126 in the first half, limiting Texas to 44 passing yards. Robinson had 65 yards on 11 carries in the half, outdueling Hall’s 17 yards on seven totes.

The Cyclones retook the lead on Hall’s 47-yard touchdown run that culminated the opening possession of the third quarter. They added to their advantage on Hutchinson’s 49-yard TD pass to Tarique Milton after he caught a backward pass from Purdy.

Hall’s 2-yard scoring run expanded Iowa State’s lead to 24-7 with 4 minutes to play in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media