The Iowa State University football season has been one of great highs, like the shocking upset against the Oklahoma Sooners and an impressive win against the TCU Horned Frogs.So losing to Kansas State after holding a 19-7 lead in the fourth quarter was a true heartbreaker.The loss comes with rage, much of it directed at Big 12 Conference officials, who threw three flags for penalties against the Wildcats in the fourth quarter... then picked them all up. (Iowa State also had some questionable playcalls and clock management down the stretch, which could have helped K-State.) One recalled call in particular drew the ire of the SB Nation site that covers the Cyclones. On a crucial third-down pass attempt to Allen Lazard, a flag was thrown for defensive pass interference. Then the referees convened and decided there was no penalty. The folks at @widertnattylt weren't buying it. PETERSON: Saturday's officials … [Read more...] about Iowa State fans take to the Internet to brutally call out Big 12 refs after loss to K-State
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Let me start off by saying that we are really spoiled so far this year: Iowa State has four conference wins, six overall, and has lost three games by a combined 17 points.Let me continue to say that one can be pleased with something without being satisfied by it. Iowa State, nor its fans, should be satisfied with how the season has transpired and what remains, but they should be pleased with how it’s gone down.Saturday was a good, tough game that Iowa State made too many mistakes in to be in a position to win. Yet there they were, with the ball and a chance with two minutes and some change remaining. This team is objectively good, but their margin for error is (and has been) very small.They’ve just managed to keep their discipline and poise enough to stay on the right side of that razor’s edge.If you’ve listened to any of Matt Campbell’s pre- or post-game comments, you’ve undoubtedly heard him use the term “poise” a time or … [Read more...] about Jeff Woody: Iowa State should show patience, poise, but not dig itself a hole
AMES, Ia. — It’s hiding behind well-deserved headlines featuring Joel Lanning and Kyle Kempt and Allen Lazard and Marcel Spears, among others.It’s not the first thing people talk about when raving about Iowa State’s football rise from national obscurity to toying with the Big 12 Conference championship game.Everyone’s chatting up Matt Campbell, too, and all that’s warranted as this 6-2 team tries to defend its one-quarter share of the conference lead during Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at West Virginia. But so is this: the 16th-ranked Cyclones are in the midst of the most unusual streak in the school’s football history.Campbell’s second-season program has won four road games in a row, and although that doesn’t register much on radars of national powers, it’s very significant around Iowa State’s football program.The most loyal among the school’s fans easily recall what happened between the 2005 and 2009 … [Read more...] about Peterson: Iowa State used to be a road-game doormat. My, how things have changed.
The rest of the country finally knows what we’ve known for a long time: Iowa State is a great place to be.Obviously, I’m biased, but this nation-wide notoriety feels like a band you’ve been listening to for years finally gets their breakthrough hit. And you feel like shouting, “I TOLD YOU SO!"With the win over No. 4 TCU in hand, Iowa State has now beaten a top-five team on the road and at home in the same calendar month. The defense has shut out two conference opponents in three weeks (TCU had a special teams touchdown this week but no points by its offense). The Cyclones are for sure going to a bowl game and sitting in first place in the Big 12 in November with the nation's No. 16 ranking.Not only that, but Iowa State currently has only one ranked team remaining on the schedule (with West Virginia being dropped this week) — assuming Kansas State doesn’t rip off four straight wins before the two teams play. The great thing is, the Cyclones … [Read more...] about Jeff Woody: Iowa State football is first in the Big 12 standings. In November. What a time!
More and more people are taking notice of what the Iowa State football team is doing.A week after landing in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Cyclones jumped into the Amway Coaches Poll on Sunday, checking in at No. 16.The last time Iowa State appeared in the Amway poll was in 2012, when the Cyclones were ranked No. 25. And the coaches weren't the only ones to notice what Iowa State accomplished over the weekend.Iowa State also rose to No. 14 in the latest AP poll that also came out Sunday. The Cyclones were previously ranked No. 25. Iowa State's new ranking by the AP is the highest in that poll since they were ranked No. 9 in 2002. Top 25: The complete Amway Coaches PollThe Cyclones are riding a four-game winning streak that includes two wins over teams ranked in the top four.Iowa State took down then-No. 3 Oklahoma, beat Kansas, won at Texas Tech and most recently knocked off No. 4 Texas Christian on Saturday.TCU, which had been ranked No. 4 in the Amway … [Read more...] about Iowa State ranked in the Amway Coaches Poll after win over TCU
AMES, Ia. — Iowa State has knocked off two top four teams, jumped into the rankings and become one of the biggest success stories of college football this season.Everyone seems to want to talk about the Cyclones. But the 16th-ranked team is trying to tune it all out as they get ready to play at West Virginia on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.“We kind of have the same mentality that we had,” said Iowa State coach Matt Campbell. “That’s what’s fun about this team is there have been a lot of painful days and there’s a lot of sacrifice in the months where nobody watched us that I think has allowed us to really steer clear of what anybody says outside of our walls.”There’s plenty being said about the Cyclones now that the team's riding a four-game winning streak that includes wins at then-No. 3 Oklahoma and most recently against then-No. 4 Texas Christian in Ames. The wins have propelled Iowa State into a four-way tie for first place in … [Read more...] about Iowa State takeaways: Tuning out talk, Meeker hurt and more
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Matt Campbell said from the outset that he came to Ames to lead Iowa State football to championships.A bowl game? Not just get to a bowl game, the crafty coach has said many times. Win a bowl game.Big 12 championship game? Again, don’t just settle for getting there. Win it.That’s why bowl-eligibility for the first time since 2012 isn’t even big news around Iowa State football. There’s a Big 12 title to be won, and another step toward that goal involves Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. game at 5-3 West Virginia.Ranked 15th in this week’s first College Football Playoff poll — the only ratings that matter right now — this team that’s captivated the college football nation holds the key to who plays for the conference title Dec. 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It holds head-to-head tiebreakers over two of the three other one-loss leaders — Oklahoma and TCU.One-loss Oklahoma State comes … [Read more...] about Peterson: Iowa State facing West Virginia obstacle in trek toward Big 12 title game
AMES, Ia. — A woman who has spent nearly four decades working at Iowa State University was tapped Monday to be its 16th president. Wendy Wintersteen, 61, dean of Iowa State's agricultural college since 2006, was unanimously selected by the Iowa Board of Regents as the institution's president. She will be the first woman to hold the job in Iowa State's 159-year history."I want you to know that I look forward to getting to know every corner of this great university," said Wintersteen, who received a standing ovation when she entered Memorial Union's Campanile Room to be introduced as Iowa State's president. "My goal is that we will make Iowa State University the best land grant university in the nation."The regents deliberated nearly two hours before making a decision on who would succeed former ISU President Steven Leath, who resigned last spring.Sixty-four people applied for the position, and on Monday, the board interviewed the three finalists, all … [Read more...] about Wendy Wintersteen named Iowa State’s new president
As the undefeated Iowa City West Trojans lined up on the 40-yard line, waiting to be officially announced as a Class 4A semifinalist after handling No. 5 Cedar Falls, 27-9, Friday night, one voice stood about above the commotion of celebration:"We’re going home! We’re going home!" the Trojan shouted.Even a normally stoic head coach Garrett Hartwig was giddy, beaming a goofy grin when he was asked how it felt to be 11-0 entering the semifinals."Great," he said simply.Yes, for the second straight year, West is headed to the UNI-Dome — or "Trojan Field North," as the team likes to call it. The Trojans entered halftime leading the Tigers, 10-3, before taking command in a decisive second half."Season’s a process, and you want to play your best football now," Hartwig said. "And that’s what we’re doing."This game took its final swing in top-ranked West’s favor in the fourth quarter, when Dillon Doyle and Landon Green forced a … [Read more...] about Iowa City-area football: Timely defense sends West High to UNI-Dome in convincing fashion
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The UAB Blazers may not have a football program anymore. They do have the first big upset of the NCAA Tournament and hope they can give their university something to rally around. William Lee scored the last four points for 14th-seeded UAB, and the Blazers knocked off third-seeded Iowa State 60-59 on Thursday in their opening game in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the third straight year a 14 seed has upset a No. 3 seed, and Georgia State followed up by joining the list within an hour with a 57-56 win over Baylor. The Blazers (20-15) came in with the youngest team in the NCAA Tournament and with nobody having played in this tournament before. They wound up winning the program’s first NCAA game since 2005 and ran over to celebrate in front of the fans of a school that shut its football program down in December. “For us, it was just huge,” UAB junior Robert Brown said. “We come here, not just to play games, but to actually … [Read more...] about No. 14 UAB upsets No. 3 Iowa State, 60-59, in NCAA Tournament