OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
Without a doubt, Iowa State’s (ISU) success on the gridiron
in the last two seasons is because of the incredible
scheme and efforts of its defense.
Iowa State’s ability to play multiple formations, including a 3-3-5,
without substituting has created a defensive master plan that other
teams have mimicked.
In its last 20 games dating back to last season, only four teams
have scored more than 24 offensive points against the Cyclones,
and their defensive gets stingier later in the game, allowing just 3.6
offensive points in the fourth quarter during that span.
Led by two Second-Team All-Big 12 performers on its front in
Ray Lima (DL) and JaQuan Bailey (DE), Iowa State led the Big 12
in scoring defense (22.5) and ranked second in the league in total
Lima, a native of Los Angeles, Calif., was ISU’s run-stopper,
helping the Cyclones to rank 21st nationally in rushing defense
with 33 tackles.
Bailey, who hails from Jacksonville, Fla, was able to create a
consistent pass rush on the edge, ranking in the top-10 in the Big
12 in both sacks (7.0) and tackles for loss (TFL) (12.5). Bailey’s
17.5 career sacks ranks second all-time in school history.
The Cyclone defense had a knack to make plays behind the line
of scrimmage, ranking fourth in the Big 12 and 35th nationally in
tackles for loss (6.9), as 18 different players were credited with
a TFL this season.
Iowa State set a school record with 16.0 TFL and tied a school
mark with 7.0 sacks at Oklahoma State, as 13 different players
had a TFL and seven different Cyclones had a sack in the game.
With one game left on its schedule, Iowa State is 13 TFL and
two sacks shy from eclipsing season school marks
in both categories.
Iowa State’s strong linebacking crew of senior Willie
Harvey, junior Marcel Spears and freshman Mike Rose,
who all earned Honorable Mention All-Big 12 accolades,
provided outstanding stability in running plays and
Harvey, a native of Hastings, Fla, will end his career
in ISU’s top-10 in both TFL (30.5) and sacks (12.0).
Spears, who hails from Olathe, Kan., is fifth on
the team in tackles (60) and had two interceptions,
including a pick-six that aided the Cyclones to a 40-31
victory over Texas Tech.
Rose, a native of Brecksville, Ohio, was one of the
top rookie defenders in the nation, registering 68
tackles and 9.0 TFL.
In the secondary, Iowa State was led by First-Team
All-Big 12 safety and Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of
the Year Greg Eisworth, who led the team and ranked
seventh in the Big 12 in tackles at 7.6. Eisworth also
had 4.0 TFL, two forced fumbles and one interception.
At cornerback, senior Brian Peavy earned All-Big 12
recognition for the fourth-straight season by picking
up second-team accolades. Peavy led the team in pass
breakups (eight) and his career 44 passes defended
is second-most among active FBS players.