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Iowa rally comes up just short at Wisconsin

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. — The best players close out games, and that’s what Jonathan Taylor did Saturday night. Taylor rushed for 130 of his season-high 250 yards in the fourth quarter, and Danny Davis ran for a touchdown and caught another as No. 16 Wisconsin ...

Cyclones aren’t lowering their expectations

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — For most teams, losing players who provided nearly 70 percent of its scoring and over 60 percent of its rebounding would mean a rebuild is imminent. At Iowa State, it’s just the latest chance to give a new batch of players a crack at a Big 12 ...

Cyclones riding wave of momentum

AMES (AP) — Iowa State’s young offensive players are growing up and it shows in the area that matters most. The Cyclones are winning. Iowa State, newly ensconced at No. 23 in the Top 25, takes a three-game winning streak into Saturday’s home game with Oklahoma State, helped by an ...

Hawks see opportunity ahead

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Nowhere did Wisconsin’s stunning loss at Illinois reverberate more than in Iowa City. The upset gave the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes new life in the Big Ten West. In recent weeks, though, Iowa hasn’t looked like a team that is ready to seize such ...

Hall’s emergence big for Cyclones

AMES (AP) — Iowa State’s success over the past two seasons helped it land freshman running back Breece Hall, who could have easily gone somewhere else given his talent. The Cyclones saw last weekend what it’s like to have someone on their own roster take over a game on raw ability. Hall ...

Hawkeyes know they have plenty of work to do

IOWA CITY (AP) — Alaric Jackson knows Iowa’s problems on offense are frustrating. Jackson, the junior left tackle on the No. 23 Hawkeyes’ offensive line, wasn’t about to point fingers this week. He knows there is plenty of blame to go around and figures there are ways to solve ...

ISU energized by Bolton’s clear path

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State’s hopes for competing for a Big 12 title suffered a blow when Talen Horton-Tucker decided to leave for the NBA after just one season. The Cyclones hope they have filled that hole with guard Rasir Bolton, a Penn State transfer whose ...

Penn State out-slugs Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Noah Cain ran for a five-yard touchdown with 5:17 left and 10th-ranked Penn State held off No. 17 Iowa 17-12 on Saturday night, its first win over a ranked opponent this season. Cain finished with 102 yards for the Nittany Lions (6-0, 3-0 Big ...

Cyclones soar past WVU

By JOHN RABY AP Sports Writer MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Breece Hall may have given Iowa State the dependable option at running back the Cyclones have been looking for since star David Montgomery left. The freshman rushed for 132 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Iowa State to a 38-14 ...

UNI takes MVFC showdown

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — Redshirt freshman Will McElvain threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Weston, and Trevor Allen and Tyler Hoosman ran for scores, as Northern Iowa held off Youngstown State 21-14 in a Missouri Valley Football Conference opener between two ranked teams on ...

Cyclones play with renewed sense of purpose, joy

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State’s offensive strategy this season has been to let quarterback Brock Purdy try to make as many plays as possible. Purdy showed yet again on Saturday how effective such an approach can be, running and throwing his way past an overwhelmed ...

Cyclones still in search of lead running back

AMES (AP) — Iowa State began the season with five running backs and coach Matt Campbell hoping that one would step forward and prove he could be the No. 1 guy. After four games, that hasn’t happened. No one yet has given the team the production it needs from the position and as a result, ...

Hawkeyes strengthen ground game

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa’s offense sputtered at times over the past few years because it never quite knew what it might get out of its rushing attack. The 14th-ranked Hawkeyes are soaring this season behind a ground game that appears to have found its way. Iowa ...

Hawkeyes improve to 4-0

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa’s defense has been among the nation’s best all season. The Hawkeyes’ offense joined in on the fun at just the right time, racking up more yards than it ever has under longtime coach Kirk Ferentz. Senior Nate Stanley threw for 276 ...

Cyclones rally, then come up just short

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer WACO, Texas — Baylor coach Matt Rhule passed on a field goal try early in Iowa State’s huge fourth-quarter comeback because redshirt freshman John Mayers badly missed a kick in the first half. After the Bears had blown the rest of their 20-point lead, ...

Bolton cleared to play for Cyclones this season

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State guard Rasir Bolton will be eligible for the upcoming season, a move that should vastly improve the Cyclones’ chances of competing for an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2019-20 campaign. The Cyclones announced Tuesday that Bolton, who ...

Duncan’s long road to becoming Iowa’s steady force

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Then-freshman kicker Keith Duncan etched his name into Iowa’s history books three years ago, drilling a game-winning 33-yard field goal to beat No. 2 Michigan 14-13 in a game the Hawkeyes entered as 24-point underdogs. Duncan then all but ...

Purdy leaning more on his tight ends

AMES (AP) — Seeing Charlie Kolar is Iowa State’s second-leading receiver might not raise many eyebrows until you consider his position. Kolar is a tight end, a position Iowa State has not targeted much in recent years. Two years ago, Cyclones tight ends went through an entire season ...

Cyclones rack up yards, points in rout

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State desperately needed a spark after barely beating Northern Iowa and losing a heartbreaker to rival Iowa. Sophomore Brock Purdy gave the Cyclones the jolt they were looking for with one of the best individual performances in school ...

ISU discussing big makeover

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State is exploring construction of a multi-use “arts, culture and community district’ between Hilton Coliseum and Jack Trice Stadium. The school announced the plan Tuesday, saying athletic director Jamie Pollard and Iowa State Research Park ...