OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
Matt Campbell, who has an amazing championship
pedigree as both a player and coach, was named head
football coach at Iowa State University on Nov. 29, 2015.
Campbell initiated his rebuilding plan and laid the foundation
of future success in his first season as the head man at
Iowa State in 2016.
He implored his team to “Trust The Process,” and in year two of
the Campbell era, it paid major dividends.
Campbell’s recent two-year run has caught the nation’s attention
with their drastic improvement, placing Iowa State football into the
national rankings and the college football spotlight.
Campbell, who was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in back-toback
seasons (2017 and 2018), has the Cyclones bowling for the
second-straight season and cemented the Iowa State program as
a player nationally.
AT IOWA STATE
The 2018 Iowa State football team once again
captured the imagination of college football fans by
proving the 2017 campaign wasn’t a fl uke.
Despite a 1-3 beginning to the season, Campbell
kept the Cyclones on the right path by making an
amazing turnaround with a fi ve-game winning streak,
the best single-season conference victory string in
The streak began with a victory at No. 25 Oklahoma
State (48-42) and was followed by a dominating win
over No. 6 West Virginia (30-14), holding the highpowered
Mountaineers to 152 yards of total offense,
their lowest total since 1995.
The Cyclones broke the school record for most
conference wins in a season (six) and improved to
5-3 versus ranked opponents over the last two seasons.
Iowa State wrapped up its second-straight bowl
berth with a spot in the Valero Alamo Bowl, fi nishing
the regular season with an 8-4 mark and tying for third in the Big 12 standings (6-3), its highest
fi nish in 40 years.
The Cyclones appeared in all six College Football Playoff rankings behind a stingy defense
and a true freshman quarterback named Brock Purdy.
Iowa State led the Big 12 in scoring defense (22.5) and rushing defense (122.2), holding
all but two teams to below their season scoring average.
Purdy took over signal-calling duties in the fi fth game of the season, promptly leading