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Iowa State offense is rolling

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — With three games left, Iowa State is in position to put up the best offensive season in school history. The Cyclones (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) enter Saturday’s home finale against Kansas (3-7, 1-6) — which has the league’s worst defense — with a ...

Cyclones gearing up for schedule uptick

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Despite some continued struggles from 3-point range, Iowa State had no trouble blowing past Southern Miss. The stakes get much higher next week, starting in eight days against Michigan in the Bahamas. Solomon Young scored 14 points, Prentiss Nixon ...

Hawks relying on freshmen to energize offense

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Longtime Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz has been more open to giving freshmen a shot at playing time in recent years. The shift might have saved the Hawkeyes’ offense this fall. Redshirt freshman receiver Tyrone Tracy and true freshman running back ...

Cyclones recovering from another close loss

AMES (AP) — Iowa State is a handful of plays from being unbeaten in the Big 12 Conference and sitting alone at the top of the standings. That’s the dream scenario for the Cyclones’ season. The reality is they find themselves in the middle of the pack at 3-3 in the league and, with only ...

Iowa in spoiler role vs. Gophers

IOWA CITY (AP) — After a bitter loss to Wisconsin, No. 23 Iowa has been reduced to playing spoiler in the Big Ten race. The Hawkeyes have often excelled in that role in recent years. Iowa (6-3, 3-3 Big Ten) has thwarted the national title hopes of four different teams with late-season wins ...

Cyclones sprint past Northern Illinois

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — On a night when Iowa State couldn’t buy a basket from beyond the arc, the Cyclones leaned on their second-half defense to avoid an early home upset. Rasir Bolton scored 17 points, Solomon Young added 15 and Iowa State rallied from an early ...

Cyclones nearly pull off improbably upset at OU

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. — Iowa State coach Matt Campbell saw an opportunity to seize a win that would boost the Cyclones’ chances of reaching the Big 12 title game, so he put everything on quarterback Brock Purdy. His gamble failed. Parnell Motley intercepted ...

Cyclone men fall at Oregon State

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer CORVALLIS, Ore. — It’s just two games in, but Oregon State is already showing confidence. Tres Tinkle had 27 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the final moments, and the Beavers held off a late rally by Iowa State for an 80-74 victory on ...

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, ...