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Cyclones continue Big 12 title pursuit

Iowa State is in an unusual position heading into its game against Kansas State on Saturday. The 17th-ranked Cyclones (5-2, 5-1 Big 12) lead the Big 12 with three games to play, the first time they’ve been in first place this late in a season since they were tied at the top of the old North ...

Hawkeyes face winless Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Will Levis’ bulging biceps round out an imposing physique, one Penn State’s backup quarterback has used to earn respect as a hard-nosed, lower-the-shoulder-first signal-caller. But the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, who could make his second career start when Penn State ...

Iowa’s DL has been dominant

Iowa had to replace three starters on its defensive line, making it an area of concern heading into the season. There are no worries now, not with Daviyon Nixon and Zach VanValkenburg playing at an All-Big Ten level and returning starter Chauncey Golston and graduate transfer Jack Heflin also ...

Cyclone tight ends ‘exceptional’

Charlie Kolar is a witty guy who in an eight-minute interview Tuesday dropped in mentions of his golf game, his fire safety class and the importance of a player’s cleats when the weather turns bad. His most mundane response came when he was asked how he thinks he and his fellow Iowa State ...

Hawkeyes embrace elite expectations

IOWA CITY — The wait lasted a little longer, but Iowa got Luka Garza back. The consensus All-American took his time deciding to return for his senior season after the NBA draft process was extended into the summer. When Garza took his name out of draft consideration in early August, the ...

Iowa State counting on grad transfer

Jalen Coleman-Lands has yet to play a game for Iowa State and he already is looked at as a kind of sage by coach Steve Prohm and the rest of the Cyclones. The graduate transfer has 110 career games under his belt from time spent at Illinois and DePaul. He is a scorer with a knack for shooting ...

Hawks run hog wild in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Iowa’s defense clamped down hard on Minnesota all night, coming awfully close to its first shutout in the series since 2009. Coach P.J. Fleck called a timeout in the final seconds to try to help get the Gophers in the end zone, and Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz fired back by ...

Hawks face Minnesota under Friday night lights

By DAVE CAMPBELL The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — With practices limited and the offseason extended by the virus outbreak, Mohamed Ibrahim and the rest of the Minnesota offense settled in for some extra screen time. Ibrahim has been seeing the field as clearly as ever this fall. The ...

Special teams a secret weapon for Iowa

By ADAM HENSLEY The Associated Press IOWA CITY — Charlie Jones and Tory Taylor didn’t take conventional paths to Iowa. Three games into their first season with the Hawkeyes, they’re feeling right at home. Their performances highlighted a big day for special teams in last week’s 49-7 ...

Hall’s stock soaring for ISU

When Iowa State running back Breece Hall discusses his role, he first mentions his blocking in pass protection, being a dependable check-down receiver and communicating with teammates. Everybody else wants to talk about what he does as a ball carrier. Hall is averaging 150.2 yards per game ...

Cyclones look to get back on track at Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State learned in an opening home loss to Louisiana-Lafayette that you can’t overlook anybody in college football. Especially in such a bizarre season as this one. Maybe that’s why Cyclones coach Matt Campbell made winless Kansas sound like the best of Clemson ...

Hawkeyes take on Northwestern

IOWA CITY (AP) - Kirk Ferentz’s best Iowa teams tend to improve by the week, which means the Hawkeyes better get going if they want to be a factor in the Big Ten West. The timetable is accelerated this season because of the conference’s shortened schedule. Ferentz is looking for his team ...

Rose anchors Iowa State defense

Mike Rose, like everybody else in college football, had no idea last spring if there would be a season. Iowa State’s junior linebacker wanted to be ready just in case, so day in and day out for three months he went to his high school in the Cleveland suburb of Brecksville, Ohio, to do ...

Frustrating opener for Hawkeyes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell noticed how special sophomore receiver David Bell was from the time he came on campus. “He’s a kid that physically is a mismatch for more players,” O’Connell said. “Even more than physically his mental makeup is extremely ...

Oklahoma State fights off Cyclones

STILLWATER, Okla. — Spencer Sanders waited a long time for this moment. Oklahoma State’s sophomore quarterback passed for 235 yards and ran for 71 and a touchdown in his return from injury, and the sixth-ranked Cowboys defeated No. 17 Iowa State 24-21 on Saturday afternoon. Sanders ...

Iowa will cut four programs

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer The University of Iowa will drop four sports programs as part of the athletic department’s response to a projected loss of $100 million in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. School president Bruce Harreld and athletic director Gary Barta said Friday ...

Iowan Johnson to receive Payne Stewart Award

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer Zach Johnson had quick success after a long road to the PGA Tour. He won as a rookie and reached the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where one of the perks was attending a ceremony to watch Jay Haas accept the Payne Stewart Award. He remembers it being powerful, ...

Garza coming back to Iowa for senior year

IOWA CITY (AP) — Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season. “My heart is in Iowa City,” Garza said. “I love this place too much to leave it. I love my teammates, coaches, community, fans and ...

Ex-Hawk Wirfs will be ready if Bucs need him

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. — Tristan Wirfs knows he has a critical role to play in helping Tom Brady transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into winners. The rookie is undaunted by the challenge of preparing for the task without the benefit of a normal preseason. The former ...

No fall sports for Grinnell

GRINNELL (AP) — Grinnell College says it will cancel football and other fall sports because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Division III school announced Monday it would cancel sports including football, soccer, golf, cross country and volleyball. The college, located in the small ...