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Iowa State defense making a statement

AMES (AP) — Take a peek at the latest Big 12 Conference football statistics and focus on the defensive numbers for a moment. Yep, that’s Iowa State giving up the fewest points and the fewest yards in league play. The Cyclones are getting stingy on that side of the ball, a surprise given ...

Hawkeyes like the look of their freshmen

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa nearly made the NCAA Tournament last season despite playing without a traditional center. The Hawkeyes figure to have a pair of freshman big men capable of providing a presence in the post. Luka Garza and Jack Nunge, both 6-foot-11, will ...

Medved hopes to turn Drake around

DES MOINES (AP) — Niko Medved knew all about the recent sad history of Drake basketball — the losing, the struggle to stay competitive in the Missouri Valley Conference, the general apathy surrounding the program. But he took the head coaching job anyway and now, a week into his first ...

ISU’s Kempt might be in it for the long haul

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State senior quarterback Kyle Kempt’s first career start produced the biggest upset in school history. Kempt might not be headed back to the bench anytime soon. Kempt and junior Jacob Park, who had started the previous four games before ...

Cyclones visit No. 3 Oklahoma without QB Park

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield had little room for improvement after his dynamic junior season, yet he has continued to blossom. Mayfield set an NCAA record for passing efficiency in a season last year on his way to being a Heisman ...

Iowa tries to reverse early B1G struggles

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — For the first time in nine years, Iowa is 0-2 in the Big Ten. What a perfect time for the Hawkeyes to host Illinois. Iowa (3-2, 0-2) couldn’t have asked for a better situation ahead of its bye week than facing the Fighting Illini (2-2, 0-1) ...

Shut down

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State was supposed to be better. Texas was supposed to be vulnerable. In the end, neither team looked like they were ready to compete for a Big 12 title on Thursday night — but it was the Longhorns who survived the conference opener. Shane ...

Jewell takes his game to another level

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — When Iowa defensive lineman Parker Hesse calls his teammate Josey Jewell “obnoxiously competitive,” he means it as a compliment. Hesse said Jewell’s tenacity even extends to a tailgating game, cornhole, which was pretty much designed to ...

Hawkeyes oh, so close

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — It was happening like it had so often in the past. A once-sluggish Iowa team had come to life in the fourth quarter at home under the lights, and another top-five opponent was set to go down. Trace McSorley, Juwan Johnson and the resilient ...

Tremendous Thursday opportunity for Cyclones

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State’s improvement under second-year coach Matt Campbell has gone largely unnoticed nationally. The Cyclones can put themselves on the map with a big showing on Thursday night. Iowa State (2-1) opens Big 12 play when it hosts Texas on ...

Cyclones hit the road

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Nothing says more about Iowa State’s current place in the national landscape than the fact that it’s playing a Mid-American Conference team on the road this weekend. It’s a matchup the Cyclones will have to survive if they want to entertain ...

Iowa prepares for North Texas

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa relied on its defense to win its opener, and the Hawkeyes leaned on their offense to survive their first road test. Iowa will look for a complete team effort to close out non-conference play — especially with No. 5 Penn State set to ...

Hawks, Cyclones set to square off

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa made it painfully obvious how far Iowa State had fallen behind its Big Ten rivals last season, whipping the Cyclones by 39 points. Iowa State and second-year coach Matt Campbell are eager to show the visiting Hawkeyes (1-0) on Saturday that ...

Iowa tops Iowa State in an instant classic

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Quarterback Nate Stanley cemented his status as Iowa’s starter with a big game against its biggest rival — and Akrum Wadley reminded everyone why he’s one of the best running backs around. Stanley threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ihmir ...

Montgomery’s stock soaring at ISU

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State appears to finally have the kind of potent offense it will need to compete in Big 12 play. Sophomore running back David Montgomery is a big reason why. Montgomery has emerged as a star for the Cyclones, rushing for 194 yards and ...

In-state talent intensifies rivalry

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry has often been headlined by players who grew up in the state. This year’s game might feature more in-state talent that any Cy-Hawk matchup in recent memory. The Hawkeyes’ most recent depth chart featured 23 players ...

Cyclones too much for UNI

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Jacob Park threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa State, aided by a pair of interception returns for TDs, beat Northern Iowa 42-24 in the season opener for both teams Saturday. David Montgomery ran for 82 yards and two scores for the ...

Hawkeyes shut down Wyoming

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — An offseason filled with hype followed Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes defense brought Allen down a peg — and showed it might be strong enough to carry the team while the offense finds its footing. Nate Stanley ...

Cyclones have talent at skill positions

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State’s restructured defense will be considered a liability until it can prove otherwise. The Cyclones will look to counter a defense in flux with what could be one of the best offenses in school history. Iowa State might finally be ...

Hawkeye offense heads in a new direction

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz became the nation’s longest-tenured coach this offseason. That hardly meant that the Iowa Hawkeyes have become complacent. Despite a 20-7 mark over the past two seasons — including a very respectable 14-4 record in Big Ten ...