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Cyclones anxious to get second half of season started

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa State is fresh off a much-needed bye week and seemingly set up for a strong finish after a 3-3 start. The biggest reason for the Cyclones’ optimism is a defense that is playing as well as any in the Big 12. Iowa State (3-3, 2-2 Big 12) has held each ...

UNI hopes Green is game-ready

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer CEDAR FALLS — Once a mighty mid major, Northern Iowa has lost more games than it has won over the past two seasons. The Panthers are hoping four-star freshman point guard A.J. Green can help them get back to the top of the Missouri Valley ...

Hawkeye passing game getting better and better

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — For years, Iowa’s passing game was stuck in a rut. The Hawkeyes have finally gotten untracked. No. 19 Iowa (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) moved into the Top 25 for the first time this year on the strength of back-to-back road wins powered by junior ...

Purdy gives ISU more options

AMES (AP) — Thanks to Brock Purdy, Iowa State’s playbook suddenly has many more options. Purdy’s stunning performance in the upset of Oklahoma State in what essentially was the college debut for the true freshman gave the offense a new look and a new sense of confidence. Iowa State is ...

Reserves get their shot for Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa has let its defense carry the load nearly all season. The Hawkeyes might need some more help from their offense on Saturday at Indiana — like they got in last weekend’s 48-point explosion at Minnesota — to bolster a unit that sudden ...

Hawkeyes bring Floyd of Rosedale back to Iowa City

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes for an aggressive Iowa offense, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth ...

Purdy immediately emerges for Cyclones in road upset

By JOHN TRANCHINA Associated Press STILLWATER, Okla. — Only guaranteed one series, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy made it count and ended up playing the rest of the game for Iowa State. Purdy completed 18 of 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and also rushed for a ...

Cyclones stay the course

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — After a resurgent year in which Iowa State finally broke out the Big 12 basement, the Cyclones can’t seem to catch a break. Iowa State’s canceled opener put it a week behind everyone else on its schedule and it’s been a climb ever since. The ...

Hawkeye defense leading the charge

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Perhaps the biggest question about Iowa’s defense heading into October was the way it has used sophomore pass-rushing star A.J. Epenesa. The Hawkeyes, at least for now, have enough talent to be able to keep Epenesa on the bench until they ...

TCU escapes ISU’s grasp

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer FORT WORTH, Texas — Jonathan Song kicked a 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining and TCU beat Iowa State 17-14 on Saturday night. The game-deciding kick came three plays after TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson was helped off the field and taken ...

Iowa tweaks its defensive rotation

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa will likely keep bringing sophomore defensive end A.J. Epenesa off the bench and move Barrington Wade into the starting lineup to replace the injured Nick Niemann at linebacker. Defensive coordinator Phil Parker said Wednesday the goal is to keep the ...

Cyclones must improve in red zone

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State kicker Connor Assalley earned national recognition for the four field goals he made in last week’s victory over Akron. That was a great sign for the Cyclones’ special teams — and a troubling one for their offense. Iowa State (1-2, ...

Safety a heightened issue for female athletes

AMES (AP) — It was decades ago, but Sara Schwendinger remembers perfectly the panic she felt when she realized a car was following her as she ran along a country road at dusk, just outside her small Wisconsin hometown. She desperately tore into a cornfield and listened as the vehicle ...

Noland ready to make the most of his opportunity at ISU

AMES (AP) — Zeb Noland always understood his responsibility as Iowa State’s backup quarterback. Be prepared, because you never when you’ll become the starter. It has happened to Noland twice and he has responded both times, most recently with a career-best performance in the Cyclones’ ...

Hawks hope their offense has turned a corner

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It appears that Iowa has more than enough skill and talent on defense to compete for the Big Ten West championship. What the Hawkeyes really need to do is sort out their passing game, and there were indications last weekend that they’re getting closer to ...

ISU must get better up front

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — For all the progress Iowa State has made under coach Matt Campbell, the offensive line remains a sore spot. Iowa State (0-1), which had its Sept. 1 opener against South Dakota State canceled because of weather, got off to a sluggish start in last ...

Hawkeye defense has been dominant

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It’s not unusual to see Iowa’s defense ahead of its offense in the middle of September. In fact, the Hawkeyes have long been known more for stopping opponents than winning shootouts under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. But the difference between those two ...

Kempt’s injury not serious, but status for OU game still in doubt

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt is considered “day-to-day” with a knee injury and it is unknown whether he will play Saturday against No. 5 Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener for both teams. Coach Matt Campbell said Kempt injured the MCL in his left knee in ...

Lard: ‘I can’t mess up again’

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Cameron Lard would wake up, meditate and do yoga. That was followed by a trip to the gym, a meal, meetings, another meal and more meetings. It was a boring but a clean summer for Lard — and far healthier than the self-described “double life” ...

Jones gives ISU a burst of energy

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer The play that showed just how skilled Iowa State junior Deshaunte Jones is doesn’t count. Technically, it never happened. That doesn’t mean the Cyclones aren’t excited about it. Jones took a short pass from Kyle Kempt near the sidelines and wove ...