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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 ...

Hawks shift focus after strong opener

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa is starting to answer some of its offseason questions. Hawkeyes linebackers, buoyed by a dominant line, looked at times like seasoned veterans in Saturday’s 33-7 win over Northern Illinois that gave coach Kirk Ferentz his record-setting ...

Ferentz passes Fry atop Iowa record books

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz’s record-setting 144th win at Iowa could not have been more emblematic of his tenure in Iowa City. There were times when every play on offense looked like a struggle — especially early on. But they kept grinding, finally ...

ISU make-up date undetermined

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer A night of miserable and dangerous weather put a damper on one of the most highly anticipated season openers in recent memory at Iowa State. The game against South Dakota State was canceled on Saturday night after a 2 ¢-hour delay caused by lightning. The ...

Iowa expecting big things

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Entering 2018, Iowa looks like it usually does in August: a decent team with a chance to be a special one. The Hawkeyes should know by the end of September which outcome they are destined for. Iowa, which went 8-5 last year, won’t get to ...

Newcomers key for Hawks

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Coach Kirk Ferentz will go for his record-breaking 144th win at Iowa this weekend. To get it, he will have to rely on a bunch of players making their first significant appearances for the Hawkeyes. Ferentz’s quest to pass Hayden Fry as the ...

Expectations high for Iowa State

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer For years, one of the challenges for Iowa State ahead of its season opener was trying to overcome low expectations that often turned out to be justified. How will the Cyclones handle being expected to be a handful for once? Iowa State (8-5 in 2017) will ...