OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
T he Iowa State offense boasted eight players who earned All-Big
12 recognition in 2018, led by second-team all-league choices
junior David Montgomery (RB) and junior Hakeem Butler (WR).
The dynamic playmakers gave the Cyclones a threat to score every time
they had the ball. The pair made history by marking the fi rst time in school
history Iowa State had an 1,000-yard rusher and an 1,000-yard receiver in
the same season.
Montgomery a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was an all-league choice for the
second-straight season, rushing for 1,092 yards to become just the eighth
player in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
The bruising back had six 100-yard rushing games, led the Cyclones in
touchdowns (12) and ranked third in the Big 12 in rushing at 99.3.
Montgomery, who will go down as one of the greatest backs in school
history, currently ranks seventh on ISU’s career rushing chart with 2,801 yards.
As Montgomery controlled the ground game, the Cyclones were blessed
with their big-play receiver Butler, who posted one of the fi nest seasons by
a wideout in the history of the program.
A native of Baltimore, Md., Butler routinely destroyed defensive backs,
leading the nation in yards per reception at 22.1. Butler posted fi ve 100-yard
receiving games to help him break ISU’s season receiving mark (1,126).
Butler, who also caught nine touchdown passes to rank second in school
history, corralled 10 receptions of 40 yards or longer to rank third nationally.
Through the fi rst four games of the season, Iowa State was 1-3, scoring
just 17.5 points per game and averaging 299.5 yards of offense.
Enter Brock Purdy.
The addition of the true freshman quarterback dramatically changed the
fortunes of Iowa State’s season, as the Cyclones won seven of their fi nal eight
games to advance to their second-straight bowl game.
With Purdy in charge, the Cyclones averaged 31.5 points per game, 388.8
yards of total offense and 6.1 yards per play.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native entered the scene in
ISU’s fi fth game at No. 25 Oklahoma State, leading
the Cyclones to a 48-42 victory. He recorded 402
yards of total offense (318 passing, 84 rushing) for
the eighth-best single-game total offensive output
in school history.
He followed that game by leading the Cyclones
to a 30-14 victory over No. 6 West Virginia, as the
Cyclones were named the FWAA Reveal Suites National
Team of the Week.
Purdy enters postseason play with 1,935 yards
passing, a 66.3 completion percentage and 16
touchdown passes to rank fi fth on ISU’s season list.
His 172.72 passing effi ciency rating ranks sixth
nationally among FBS passers.
During Purdy’s run as ISU’s signal-caller, the
Cyclones racked up three 40-point games vs.
conference opponents for only the second time in
Iowa State’s effi ciency in the red zone and its ability
to limit errors has been benefi cial. The Cyclones rank
14th nationally in red zone offense (90.2 pct.) and
ninth nationally in fewest penalties (52).