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  12/02/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2021 BIG 12 CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Breece Hall, Iowa State, RB, Jr.,...Iowa State All-American running back Breece Hall is the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, announced today by the Big 12 office. As a repeat winner of the award, Hall is now in elite company, joining Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams (Texas, 1997-98), Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003-04) and Baker Mayfield (2015, 2017) as the only players to earn Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year accolades multiple times. The Doak Walker Award finalist had another incredible season, leading the nation in scoring (138), total touchdowns (23) and rushing touchdowns (20).

Hall leads the Big 12 and is fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (122.7), becoming the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-yard plateau in multiple seasons. A native of Wichita, Kan., Hall rushed for over 100 yards in seven games and tallied over 200 yards from scrimmage three times, including a career-high 281 yards vs. TCU. He is Iowa State's all-time career leader in scoring (336), touchdowns (56) and rushing touchdowns (50), ranking fourth in Big 12 history in total touchdowns. Hall's ability to produce points has been on display again in 2021. He matched his school record total in scoring (138) and total touchdowns (23) this season. - Iowa State Football


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  12/02/21 - Will McDonald IVrJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-3, 245 (DS#8 OLB) + More +

  2021 BIG 12 CONFERENCE CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMEN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Will McDonald IV, Iowa State, Jr.,...Iowa State two-time All-Big 12 First Team defensive end Will McDonald IV was named the Big 12's Co-Defensive Linemen of the Year, announced today by the league office. McDonald IV has wreaked havoc on opposing offenses the last two years, leading the Big 12 in sacks in back-to-back seasons. McDonald broke his own school record for sacks in a season in 2021 (11.5) and his 0.96 sacks per game average ranks seventh nationally.

A native of Pewaukee, Wis., McDonald IV is ISU's all-time career leader in sacks with 29.0, the fourth-most in Big 12 history. He's recorded 27.0 sacks in his last 28 games. McDonald IV tied a school record for forced fumbles in a season with five, the most in the Big 12 and tying for second in the nation. He also has 14.0 TFL on the year, tying for ninth in school history, and his 34.5 career TFL ranks third in school history. McDonald IV has the most sacks in NCAA FBS since 2020 with 22.0. - Iowa State Football


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  11/26/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Breece Hall rushed for 242 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday night in what may be his final game at Jack Trice Stadium, propelling Iowa State to 48-14 win over Texas Christian and setting an NCAA FBS record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. Hall darted 39 yards for a score in the second quarter, giving him 24 consecutive games with at least one rushing touchdown. He shared the record with Bill Burnett, who scored a rushing TD in 23 straight games for Arkansas (1968-70). Hall, a junior who could be a high pick in next spring's NFL draft, is the Cyclones all-time career scoring leader with 336 points and 56 touchdowns. He highlighted his dominance against TCU with an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter Friday, putting Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) ahead 34-7.

His fourth touchdown came on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter. Hall carried the ball 18 times (averaging 13.4 yards per rush) and caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. TCU (5-7, 3-6) gave up a total of 279 rushing yards. Cyclones coach Matt Campbell shed a few tears during a pregame tribute for 23 seniors, and that emotion seemed to help Iowa State jump to an early lead. After driving for a field goal on the game's opening possession, the Cyclones went up 10-0 when Jirehl Brock ran 40 yards for a touchdown. Hall's record-setting touchdown extended the margin to 17-0 with 3:35 left in the second quarter. TCU pulled within 17-7 at halftime on Max Duggan's 47-yard touchdown pass to Blair Conwright with 1:33 left before the break. Hall's second touchdown came on a 22-yard pass from Brock Purdy early in the third quarter, giving the Cyclones a 24-7 advantage. - Iowa State/AP College Football


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  11/08/21 - Andrew MevisrSr/2022, Iowa State, 5-11, 205 (DS#24 K) + More +

  NOV 8 ACC BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Andrew Mevis, ISU, K, Sr.,...Mevis was 3-of-3 on field goals and 3-of-3 on PATs in ISU's win over Texas. The field goals were from 24, 29 and 51 yards. The 51-yarder was his second 50-plus FG of the season. Mevis has made 11-straight field goals, tying for the second-longest streak in school history. He's now 9-of-11 on FGs from 40-plus yards. - Big 12 Football

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  11/08/21 - Will McDonald IVrJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-3, 245 (DS#8 OLB) + More +

  NOV 8 ACC BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will McDonald IV, ISU, DE, Jr.,...McDonald IV registered career highs in tackles (6) and sacks (2.5) in Iowa State's 30-7 win over Texas. He was the lynchpin in helping ISU hold the UT offense to a season-low 206 yards, including just 81 yards in the second half. McDonald IV broke the school record for career sacks in the game and now has 27.5. He has registered at least one sack in 18 of his last 24 games. - Big 12 Football

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  11/07/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  The running of Breece Hall and a little razzle-dazzle propelled Iowa State to a 30-7 victory over Texas at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday. Hall rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones (6-3, 4-2 Big 12) earned their third straight win over the Longhorn and became bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season. It was the sixth time in seven games Hall has gone of the 100-yard mark. "I may be biased," receiver Xavier Hutchinson said, "but to me Breece is the best back in college football." Hutchinson caught eight passes for Iowa State, totaling 96 yards. He also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass. Texas (4-5, 2-4) suffered its fourth straight loss, the Longhorns' worst skid since dropping four in a row in 2010.

The Cyclones trailed 7-3 at halftime, but raced to the lead when Hall darted 47 yards for a touchdown on Iowa State's first possession of the third quarter. Hall was held to just 17 rushing yards in the first half. "I knew before the game it wasn't going to be easy," Hall said, "so I had to be patient." Hutchinson made the score 17-7 when he took a lateral from quarterback Brock Purdy and threw a pass to Tarique Milton for the score. The former high school quarterback said Iowa State only worked on the play a few times in practice. "All I'm saying is, if they ever need a quarterback, I'm the guy," Hutchinson said with a smile. "I'm just happy he caught it. I'm happy I didn't mess up the play." A little more than 3 minutes later, Hall put the Cyclones up 24-7 on a 2-yard touchdown run. Purdy finished 27-of-38 passing for 252 yards. Tight end Charlie Kolar caught five passes for 72 yards. - Iowa State/AP College Football


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  10/26/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brock Purdy, Iowa State, QB, Sr.,...Purdy tallied his 13th career 300-yard passing game (307) and completed over 75% of passes (27-33) for a nation's-best fifth time in Iowa State's 24-21 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State. He also tossed a pair of touchdown passes and became ISU's all-time career leader in completions (844). Purdy is now 14-1 versus Big 12 teams at home in his career, and it was his seventh career victory as a starter against a Top 25 team. He is 49-of-58 in his last two games (84.5 pct.) and has led the Cyclones to seven fourth-quarter comebacks in his career. - Big 12 Football

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  10/26/21 - Will McDonald IVrJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-3, 245 (DS#8 OLB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will McDonald IV, Iowa State, DE, Jr.,...While providing pressure the entire game, McDonald was credited with five tackles in the Cyclones' win over OSU. He had back-to-back sacks in a key fourth-quarter possession to help hold off a Cowboys comeback. McDonald also had a pass breakup and two QB hurries. He now has 25.0 sacks, one shy from the school record. - Big 12 Football

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  10/24/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Brock Purdy threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the Iowa State defense made a late stand in the closing minutes as the Cyclones knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma State 24-21 on Saturday. Breece Hall scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:29 left, then the Cyclones' defense forced a three-and-out and stopped the Cowboys on fourth down with 1:09 left. Purdy kneeled twice in victory formation, and fans stormed the field at Jack Trice Stadium as the clock ran out to celebrate Iowa State's first win over a top-10 opponent since 2018. "It was super fun," Cyclones receiver Xavier Hutchinson said of the postgame scene. "It wasn't necessarily why you play the game, but it was (one of) the pros to playing the game." It was the seventh straight Oklahoma State-Iowa State game decided by seven points or less.

Purdy completed 27 of 33 passes, and Hutchinson had a career-best 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones (5-2, 3-1 Big 12). "I'm just so happy for our team," Purdy said. "It felt good to finish it the right way." Spencer Sanders went 15 for 24 passing for Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1), finishing with 225 yards and three touchdowns. Iowa State led 17-14 in the fourth quarter and was driving to extended its lead until Malcolm Rodriguez and Jarrick Bernard-Converse stuffed Purdy on a fourth-and-2 run at the Cowboys' 42. Four plays later, Tay Martin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to put the Cowboys up 21-17. Purdy then led the Cyclones on an 85-yard drive that Hall finished with his short TD run. Hall extended to 19 his Big 12 record for consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. "The character of this game is what we've talked about," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "It's not always going to be pretty. It's not always going to be easy." - Iowa State/AP College Football


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  10/19/21 - Andrew MevisrSr/2022, Iowa State, 5-11, 205 (DS#24 K) + More +

  BIG 12 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Andrew Mevis, Iowa State, K, Sr.,...Mevis scored 14 of Iowa State's points in a 33-20 win over Kansas State. He was perfect on all his field goal attempts, going 4-of-4 to become the first Cyclone to make four in a game since Connor Assalley in 2018. All of Mevis' FGs were 40 yards or longer, connecting on 44, 41, 41 and 40 yards. The senior made a 41-yarder as time expired in the first half to give the Cyclones a 20-7 lead. - Big 12 Football

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  10/17/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Breece Hall rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Purdy was an efficient 22-of-25 for 208 yards and a score as Iowa State downed Kansas State 33-20 Saturday night. The Cyclones gained 210 yards on the ground and 208 yards through the air. "It always starts with (balance) for us," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said, "the ability to create a running game somehow, someway, and the ability to use our passing game to open up the running game. "So much credit goes to our quarterback tonight. The way he played with poise, I really thought he did a phenomenal job of distributing the football." The Wildcats had won 15 of the last 16 games in Manhattan. The teams split the last four meetings in the series, with each team winning two home games. Prior to that, K-State had won 10 straight games in the series.

K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson was 15-of-23 for 206 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Hall has now rushed for a touchdown in 18 straight games, a Big 12 record and the fifth longest streak in FBS since 1996. Hall rushed 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game, finding a hole on the right side of the offensive line and racing untouched until the 10-yard line, where he eluded a defender diving for his feet. "It was blocked perfectly," Hall said. "I didn't really have to do much but find a hole and run. I knew it was going to be a big run, because the crowd was real loud but it got quiet suddenly. I knew I would score the touchdown." - Iowa State/AP College Football


(DS#3 RB) Jr/2023 RB Breece HallIowa State
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  10/03/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  Brock Purdy threw four touchdown passes in the first quarter as Iowa State rolled past Big 12 Conference rival Kansas 59-7 on Saturday night. The 28 points was the most ever scored by the Cyclones in an opening period, helping coach Matt Campbell's team improve its record to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12. And it was the most total points Iowa State has scored in its long-running series with the Jayhawks. Kansas (1-4, 0-2) has not won a conference road game since beating Iowa State 35-33 on Oct. 4, 2008, a string of 55 straight defeats.

Purdy finished 17 of 22 passing for 245 yards, with no interceptions. He now owns a 13-1 home record against Big 12 opponents. Breece Hall added 123 rushing yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. Hall has scored a touchdown in 17 consecutive games, the nation's longest-active streak. Purdy completed his first six attempts, throwing touchdowns to four different receivers. The first came on a 36-yard strike to Xavier Hutchinson. Charlie Kolar caught a 6-yard scoring toss while Joe Scates and Jirehl Brock caught touchdown passes of 44 and 7 yards. Hutchinson finished with seven receptions for 96 yards. - Iowa State/AP College Football


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  09/19/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  After two lackluster offensive performances in its first two games, No. 14 Iowa State flew into Las Vegas with a sense of urgency. The Cyclones are flying back to Ames, Iowa, with some pep back in their step. Brock Purdy completed 21 of 24 pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 14 Iowa State over UNLV 48-3 Saturday night. Purdy, who also rushed for 33 yards, finished with a 229.6 quarterback rating, the third-highest of his career.

It was a major turnaround for Purdy from last week when he was benched during a 27-13 loss to in-state rival Iowa after completing 13 of 27 passes, throwing three interceptions and turning in a career-low 68.9 passer rating. "Coming off last week it was rough, just the way we played, our mindset and everything," Purdy said. "My mindset, big game last week, it hurt. There was no joy, no excitement, no sense of urgency. "Just to get on the road, get away, come out here and just play football with the guys was our main mission and goal. Still some stuff we've got to clean up, but it was a good confidence booster, for sure." Iowa State (2-1) finished with 486 yards of offense and 7.59 yards per play, scoring on eight of its 11 possessions, including six touchdowns. Breece Hall, who rushed for 69 yards in each of Iowa State's first two games, rushed for 70 of his 101 yards in the first quarter to lead the Cyclones' rushing attack. Hall scored two touchdowns. - Iowa State/AP College Football


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  09/15/21 - Brock PurdySr/2022, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#5 QB) + More +

  The most experienced quarterbacks in the Big 12 have already been sidelined this season for very different reasons. Skylar Thompson was off to good start in his sixth year in Kansas State's program before a knee injury that will keep him out indefinitely. Fourth-year Iowa State starter Brock Purdy was benched in the fourth quarter of the biggest home game in program history, though coach Matt Campbell has since reiterated his "great trust" in the quarterback. First-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian is already shuffling starters, replacing inconsistent redshirt freshman Hudson Card with junior Casey Thompson. All of that is through only two games this season and the unexpected changes at the game's most important position stretch beyond the Big 12. - AP College Football

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  08/16/21 - Breece HallJr/2023, Iowa State, 6-1, 220 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  It's official: Iowa State will start the season as a top-10 football team. The Cyclones are slotted at No. 8 in The USA TODAY Sports AFCA preseason college poll, it was announced Tuesday. It marks the first time in program history that Iowa State will open the season in the top-10 and is yet another sign that the year will be the most anticipated ever for the program. USA TODAY began administering the poll in 1991. The Cyclones are coming off their best season after going 9-3 with their first conference championship game appearance and victory in a New Year's Six bowl with a win over Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. Nearly the entire roster returns for sixth-year coach Matt Campbell, who has emerged as one of the sport's rising young coaches as he's brought Iowa State from the cellar of the Big 12 to the national stage. - Ames Tribune

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