Iowa Sports

Cyclones go for five in a row

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — 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, ...

Hawks face Big Ten West leader

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Despite a 5-4 record, Northwestern holds all the cards in the Big Ten West title chase. The underdog Wildcats will look to solidify their division position at Iowa, a team looking to rebound from back-to-back road losses and finish 2018 on a ...

Short-handed Cyclones crush Mizzou

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State fans showed up to Hilton Coliseum on Friday night to the sight of star Lindell Wigginton in a cardinal-colored cast instead of a cardinal and gold jersey. It was of somewhat small solace that the Cyclones played so well without their most ...

Butler blossoms into a star for ISU

AMES (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 ...

Hawks look to get back on track

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa entered the season’s midway point looking like the most skilled team in the Big Ten West. Consecutive road losses to Penn State and Purdue have left the Hawkeyes likely playing just for pride and a decent bowl bid. Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big ...

Cyclones pull away in opener

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Transfers Michael Jacobson and Marial Shayok gave Iowa State the instant impact it was hoping for in its opener. The Cyclones will need more of that for the rest of the month with sophomore Cam Lard — and, surprisingly, senior reserve Zoran Talley ...

Frustrated Hawkeyes edged again

By MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue kicker Spencer Evans waited impatiently for a second chance. When the opportunity finally arrived Saturday, he was ready, willing and spot on. The senior made a 25-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give Purdue a 38-36 ...

Cyclones extend streak

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. — 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 ...

Cyclones still shuffling QBs behind Purdy

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy has played so well so quickly that sophomore Zeb Noland — the starter as recently as a month ago — has already decided to play elsewhere. A shake-up caused by Purdy’s progression is a good problem ...

Iowa not out of Big Ten West race

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer No. 19 Iowa’s hopes of a run at a playoff spot were dashed last weekend in a late loss at Penn State. The Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West. Iowa’s season might have turned out differently if junior quarterback Nate Stanley’s run of somewhat ...

Hawks flying under national radar

IOWA CITY (AP) — No. 18 Iowa is on the current list of one-loss playoff dark horses, thanks in large part to a schedule that looks challenging yet manageable. The Hawkeyes (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) might also be a potential postseason team because they’re just that good. The Hawkeyes, who have ...

Cyclones anxious to get second half of season started

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer 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 ...

UNI hopes Green is game-ready

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer CEDAR FALLS — Once a mighty mid major, Northern Iowa has lost more games than it has won over the past two seasons. The Panthers are hoping four-star freshman point guard A.J. Green can help them get back to the top of the Missouri Valley ...

Hawkeye passing game getting better and better

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — For years, Iowa’s passing game was stuck in a rut. The Hawkeyes have finally gotten untracked. No. 19 Iowa (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten) moved into the Top 25 for the first time this year on the strength of back-to-back road wins powered by junior ...

Purdy gives ISU more options

AMES (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 ...

Reserves get their shot for Iowa

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa has let its defense carry the load nearly all season. The Hawkeyes might need some more help from their offense on Saturday at Indiana — like they got in last weekend’s 48-point explosion at Minnesota — to bolster a unit that sudden ...

Hawkeyes bring Floyd of Rosedale back to Iowa City

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS — Nate Stanley overcame two costly turnovers with four touchdown passes for an aggressive Iowa offense, and the Hawkeyes used four interceptions and five sacks of Minnesota’s Zack Annexstad to beat the Gophers 48-31 on Saturday for the fourth ...

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 ...