AMES, Iowa (AP) — In a rivalry as tight and as heated as Iowa and Iowa State, it's usually the little things that make the difference.
The No. 19 Hawkeyes yet again made three or four more...
Matt Campbell’s next challenge? Beating Iowa
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Coach Matt Campbell has done just about everything Iowa State could have hoped for in his three-plus seasons in charge — except beat Iowa.
Iowa State seeking progress on offense with No. 19 Iowa next
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State entered this season with more hype than ever before and then almost lost to Northern Iowa in the opener.
The Cyclones know they will need to be much better to...
Imperfect Big 12 start even after all 10 teams win openers
The Big 12 is off to an imperfect start, even though every team won its opener for the first time since 2012.
West Virginia got outgained by James Madison, and Kansas needed a touchdown in...
No. 21 Iowa State opens promising season with Northern Iowa
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State fans have never been more excited for a season to get started.
The Cyclones were ranked in the preseason poll for the first time in 41 years behind a punishing...
No. 21 Iowa St looks to its offensive line as strength
AMES, Iowa (AP) — From the day he arrived at Iowa State three years ago, Matt Campbell talked about the need to build a dominant, physical offensive line.
No. 21 Iowa State already looking forward to Week 2 bye
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Having last season's opener washed out by weather set Iowa State back in 2018.
This season, the Cyclones couldn't have asked for a better start.
Iowa State primed for best year yet under Matt Campbell
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-year coach Matt Campbell has done a remarkable job making Iowa State respectable within the Big 12. And yet, the idea that the Cyclones could actually win the league...
AP Top 25 Podcast: Who can derail Oklahoma in Big 12?
Oklahoma will try to make it five straight Big 12 championships with yet another transfer quarterback, while Texas tries to build on its 2018 breakout.
Iowa State hires Lanning, Kempt as assistants
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has hired former players Joel Lanning and Kyle Kempt as assistant coaches.
Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said Wednesday that Lanning will be a quality control...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — So when is flashing "horns down" considered a penalty and should it always draw a flag?
Greg Burks, the Big 12 coordinator official, said it depends on when and where...
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the second day of Big 12 football media days Tuesday at AT&T Stadium. (all times local):
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State should have one of the most talented teams in school history.
The Cyclones will also be without two of the most gifted players they've ever had in wide receiver...
Iowa State rehires Tom Manning as offensive coordinator
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State rehired Tom Manning as its offensive coordinator on Friday.
Manning, who spent last season on the staff of the Indianapolis Colts, is returning to Ames to run...
No. 25 Iowa State’s finish far better than its start
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Back in September, Iowa State was sitting at 1-3, a record that looked like the Cyclones of old.
A season of big expectations — at least bigger than most years in Ames — was on the brink of collapse with a canceled game, an injured senior quarterback and two straight losses out of the gate.
Iowa State loads up on RBs in case Montgomery jumps to NFL
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery has a big decision to make after the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28
If Montgomery decides to jump to the NFL — and few in Ames would blame him for doing so — the Cyclones just signed two backs who could serve as his replacements as early as next season.
Iowa State extends Campbell’s deal through 2024
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell have agreed to a contract extension through 2024, a sign that one of the hottest names in the annual coaching carousel is staying...
No. 24 Iowa State barely survives, beats FCS Drake 27-24
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State insisted on playing 12 games, cycling through a pair of FCS opponents before settling on tiny Drake.
That decision nearly resulted in the most embarrassing loss in school history.
David Montgomery ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns and No. 24 Iowa State survived a near-upset by the non-scholarship Bulldogs on Saturday, winning 27-24.
Oklahoma has 4th All-Big 12 top offensive player in a row
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma has the Big 12's top offensive player for the fourth season in a row.
Sooners junior quarterback Kyler Murray was selected as the offensive player of the year when the Big 12 Conference released its postseason awards Wednesday. The awards are determined by the 10 league coaches who couldn't vote for their own players.
No. 24 Iowa State, like Drake, happy for 12th game
AMES, Iowa (AP) — No matter that the opponent is a small private school with an FCS team that does not offer athletic scholarships.
Iowa State coach Matt Campbell and his players are just happy to be playing a 12th game.
The No. 24 Cyclones will host Drake on Saturday to replace the season opener with South Dakota State that was called off because of lightning after just a few plays. Drake (7-3), a perennial contender in the Pioneer Football League, also had its opener scrubbed because of weather.
No. 25 Iowa St has milestones in reach, but K-State up first
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Its winning streak snapped and no longer in contention for a championship, No. 25 Iowa State now has to focus on something else.
That should not be a problem for coach Matt Campbell and his players because they still can go where few Iowa State teams have gone before.
Scuffling Baylor-Iowa St players to miss 1st half this week
Iowa State running back David Montgomery and Baylor defensive end Greg Roberts will miss the first half of their teams' games this week after the scuffle that led to their ejections in the second half of a testy game between the Cyclones and Bears.
No. 23 Iowa State beats Baylor 28-14 for 5th straight win
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A weird game ended with another wonderful result for Iowa State.
Now the Cyclones have to wait and see on the status of star running back David Montgomery.
Brock Purdy threw for a touchdown and ran for another score, and No. 23 Iowa State topped Baylor 28-14 on Saturday after a skirmish in the third quarter resulted in unsportsmanlike conduct penalties for each player on both teams.
Red-hot No. 23 Iowa State set to host bowl-hungry Baylor
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Once an afterthought, No. 23 Iowa State is now the hottest team in the Big 12.
How the Cyclones handle their recent success will help determine if they can overcome a 1-3 start and be in the mix for a conference title.
Iowa State (5-3, 4-2 Big 12, No. 22 CFP), winners of a league-high four straight games, will host Baylor (5-4, 3-3) on Saturday.
Butler on pace to be one of best WRs in Iowa State history
AMES, Iowa (AP) — When Iowa State coach Matt Campbell challenged Hakeem Butler to become the Cyclones' go-to receiver this year, Butler simply nodded and went to work.
Now, with the No. 23 Cyclones (5-3, 4-2 Big 12) heading into the stretch run of their season, Butler has more than met that challenge.
Purdy throws 3 TD passes as Iowa State routs Kansas, 27-3
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is a firm believer that great teams win in the red zone.
They make sure to put points on the board when they venture inside the 20-yard line, and they have the ability to turn teams back when their defense has its back against the wall.
Iowa State QB Zeb Noland to transfer
Iowa State sophomore quarterback Zeb Noland is transferring after losing the starting job to freshman Brock Purdy.
Coach Matt Campbell announced on Monday that Noland, who has already used his redshirt season, will leave at the end of the semester.
Safety, Butler TD push Iowa State past Texas Tech 40-31
AMES, Iowa (AP) — This used to be the time of the year when Iowa State would start to fade — if it hadn't already.
Coach Matt Campbell and the Cyclones have instead finished their second straight October unbeaten, and they're peaking heading into the sport's most crucial month.
Texas Tech's Alex Bowman was forced into a safety with 4:39 left, Hakeem Butler added a 48-yard TD catch from Brock Purdy just over two minutes later and Iowa State rallied to beat the Red Raiders 40-31 on Saturday.
Defense fuels optimism for home stretch at Iowa State
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 of its six opponents below their season average in points scored, a trend capped when it held then-No. 6 West Virginia to just one offensive touchdown in a 30-14 upset on Oct. 13.
Purdy good: Iowa State’s latest QB gives Cyclones options
AMES, Iowa (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 still last in the Big 12 in total offense and ninth in scoring, but there's now a feeling that if Purdy proves to be the real deal, those numbers will improve in the weeks ahead.
Purdy leads Iowa State over No. 25 Oklahoma State, 48-42
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — 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 touchdown, to help Iowa State beat No. 25 Oklahoma State 48-42 on Saturday.
Struggling Cyclones having trouble catching a break in ’18
AMES, Iowa (AP) — 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 Cyclones (1-3, 0-2 Big 12) will be without starting quarterback Kyle Kempt (knee injury) for the fourth week in a row when they travel to No. 25 Oklahoma State (4-1, 1-1) on Saturday.
Iowa St RB David Montgomery “day-to-day” with arm injury
Top Iowa State running back David Montgomery is day-to-day after suffering an upper arm injury late in last weekend's loss at TCU.
Coach Matt Campbell said an MRI and x-rays were negative and that Montgomery was working out with the team on Sunday with what he described as a deep bruise. Campbell said Montgomery's status for Saturday's game at Oklahoma State is probable and may depend on how much Montgomery can deal with the pain.
Iowa State seeking TDs, not FGs, in the red zone
AMES, Iowa (AP) — 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 holds off Akron 26-13
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State finally broke into the win column in 2018, relying on defense and its kicker to carry an underwhelming and, at times, uninspired offense.
Zeb Noland threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, David Montgomery had 107 yards rushing and a score and Iowa State held off Akron 26-13 on Saturday for its first win of the season.
Latest: Iowa State to wear helmet decals for slain golfer
AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a champion golfer from Spain whose body was found on a golf course in central Iowa (all times local):
Iowa State football players will wear a decal on their helmets to honor slain school golfer Celia Barquin Arozamena during Saturday's game against Akron.
Iowa State’s offensive line struggles in opener
AMES, Iowa (AP) — 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 weekend's 13-3 loss to Iowa. The Cyclones gained just 188 yards and never got inside Iowa's 20-yard line after their opening drive, when they had to settle for a field goal despite getting within a yard of the end zone.
Iowa St QB Kyle Kempt “day to day” for No. 5 Oklahoma
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.
WR Deshaunte Jones poised for big season at Iowa State
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 through South Dakota State's defense for a 55-yard touchdown to put the Cyclones up 7-0 on Saturday. Moments later, the skies opened up for a series of storms so severe that Iowa State was forced to cancel the game.
Campbell, Cyclones focus on Iowa after canceled opener
Iowa State's canceled opener on Saturday was its first in 55 years.
For coach Matt Campbell, it was the second time in four seasons that his first game was called off.
Campbell's opener while coach at Toledo was wiped out because of bad weather at halftime against Stony Brook in 2015. It didn't hurt the Rockets, who upset a ranked Arkansas on the road the following week, and Campbell is hoping it won't hurt Iowa State either for Saturday's game at rival Iowa (1-0).
ISU’s Ruth suspended 1 game after traffic violation arrest
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State senior defensive back De'Monte Ruth has been suspended for Saturday's opener against South Dakota State after being arrested on Thursday night.
The Cyclones say Ruth was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested for driving with a suspended license.
Ruth was listed as a starter against the Jackrabbits. He made 29 tackles and had three pass breakups in 2017.
Iowa State opens Campbell’s 3rd season vs. South Dakota St
AMES, Iowa (AP) — For the first time in a while, Iowa State will enter an opener that it's expected to win with ease.
The Cyclones (8-5 in 2017), fresh off one of the best seasons in school history, host South Dakota State of the FCS on Saturday in the first game of rising coach Matt Campbell's third year in charge.
Iowa State suspends 4 freshmen indefinitely
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell suspended four freshmen indefinitely Friday for what he described as "multiple incidents of poor choices and behavior."
Matt Campbell has once-woebegone Iowa State on the rise
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State defensive coordinator Jon Heacock has seen pretty much everything in 35 years of coaching.
In that time, Heacock has come to view head coaches as artists charged with painting a winning picture that everyone in a program can see.
Ask Heacock and the rest of the Cyclones, and they feel like they've finally found their maestro in third-year coach Matt Campbell.
Iowa State eager to build on best season since 2000
AMES, Iowa (AP) — For decades, Iowa State's slogan could have easily been "first in tailgating, last in the Big 12."
The Cyclones appear to be on the verge, finally, of being known more for their play than the pre-game scene in Ames.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Big 12 coaches and football junkies know all about Iowa State junior running back David Montgomery.
Montgomery is poised to make his presence felt throughout the rest of the country this fall.
Montgomery racked up 1,146 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns in 2017. But those numbers fail to fully show how impressive he was in just his second season at the position.
AMES – Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell’s favorite thing about being a head coach is developing leaders.
Campbell’s theory is that if he has a player-led program, the buy in will be that much more from his athletes. He has to develop the leaders, but he lets them take the reins once they’re established.
It’s something he learned from legendary coach Larry Kehres at Mount Union, and it’s something he’s carried through as a head coach himself.
Offensive line’s growth crucial for Iowa State in spring
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell finally had some nice things to say about the Cyclones' offensive line as spring practice came to an end.
Consider it an encouraging sign, though Campbell acknowledged he tends to be hardest on the big guys up front on offense.
Iowa State’s defense hoping to build off ’17 turnaround
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State's five-game improvement from 2016 to 2017 can be largely credited to a defense that was stingier by more than 10 points a game.
The Cyclones are hoping to get even better this upcoming season — and there are plenty of reasons to believe they can.