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Smith-Marsette tries to redeem his reputation

IOWA CITY — Ihmir Smith-Marsette knew he messed up when Iowa City police pulled him over after clocking him driving 74 mph in a 30 mph zone in the wee hours of Nov. 1. “I was thinking my football career was probably done,” the Iowa receiver said. Smith-Marsette’s blood-alcohol content ...

Garza dominates again for Hawks

IOWA CITY — Luka Garza expects perfection every time he shoots. The Iowa center came close to that in the fifth-ranked Hawkeyes’ 103-76 win over Southern on Friday. Garza scored 41 points, missing just one shot early in the second half. He was 14 of 15 from the field, making all three of ...

Iowa’s dominance over Nebraska continues

IOWA CITY — Tyler Goodson ran for 87 of his 111 yards in the second half and Zach VanValkenburg recovered Adrian Martinez’s late fumble to secure Iowa’s 26-20 win over Nebraska on Friday. The Hawkeyes (4-2, 4-2 Big Ten) extended their win streak to four games and have beaten the ...

Iowa State closes in on Big 12 title

AUSTIN, Texas — Iowa State didn’t fret or panic while trailing Texas for nearly an entire game Friday. Instead, the Cyclones looked like a program with championship DNA in the fourth quarter, despite not having won a conference title in more than 100 years. Breece Hall scored on a 3-yard ...

Cyclones pull away in opener

AMES (AP) — Newcomer Jalen Coleman-Lands scored 17 points, Rasir Bolton added 16 and Iowa State took over in the second half to defeat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-63 on Sunday. The Cyclones, in their season opener, trailed 37-34 at the break before Coleman-Lands, a graduate transfer from DePaul, ...

Iowa looks to build more momentum

Nebraska knows what’s coming whenever it plays Iowa. The hard part is stopping it. “They’re going to try and run it down our throats,” linebacker JoJo Domann said. “They’re going to try to out-physical us in all three phases of the game. They’re going to try to punch us in the ...

Cyclones chasing history

An Iowa State program that has alternately been an underdog and overachiever in its modest football history is on the cusp of going somewhere it’s never gone before. Beat No. 20 Texas (5-2, 4-2) on Friday, and the 15th-ranked Cyclones (6-2, 6-1) are in the Big 12 championship game. Under ...

All Hawkeyes in opener

IOWA CITY — No shot Luka Garza makes surprises Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Not even the new fadeaway that Garza unveiled Wednesday in a 97-67 victory over North Carolina Central. Garza had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hawkeyes win their 10th consecutive opener. “Whenever it ...

Cyclones stay atop Big 12

AMES — Brock Purdy passed for 236 yards and three touchdowns and No. 17 Iowa State extended a historic start in Big 12 play, beating the Wildcats 45-0 on Saturday. The Cyclones (6-2) cruised to their most-lopsided win over Kansas State in 77 years. They remain in first place in the Big 12 ...

Hawkeyes rough up Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Spencer Petras smiled and admitted he’s not the strongest runner when he has the football in his hands. But Iowa’s quarterback doesn’t have to be, especially when the 300-pounders in front of him do most of the hard work like they did on Saturday in Iowa’s 41-21 ...

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 ...