OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
the Cyclones to five-straight victories and
igniting the offense.
Purdy set school records in passing effi ciency
(172.7) and completion percentage (66.3), and
tossed 16 touchdown passes.
The 2017 Iowa State football season will go
down as one of its best in recent history thanks to
Campbell’s coaching efforts.
Picked to fi nish ninth in the Big 12 Conference,
the Cyclones capped off their outstanding 2017
campaign with a victory in the AutoZone Liberty
Bowl over Memphis, just the fourth bowl win in the
history of the program.
Iowa State surged into the AP Top-25 poll for the
fi rst time since 2005 thanks to a perfect 4-0 mark
in the month of October where it defeated two top-5
teams in Oklahoma and TCU.
Prior to the season, Iowa State was 1-56-2 all-time
versus teams ranked in the top-fi ve of the AP poll,
tripling its all-time career total.
The victory over Oklahoma (38-31) in Norman was
Iowa State’s fi rst-ever win over a top-fi ve opponent on
the road and one of the school’s signature triumphs.
Iowa State followed up the OU win with a 14-7 victory
over No. 4 TCU three weeks later, helping the Cyclones
garner their first-ever appearance in the College
Football Playoff rankings.
Iowa State finished the 2017 season with an
8-5 overall record and an upper-half finish in
the Big 12 at 5-4.
Three of ISU’s wins were against ranked opponents
(Oklahoma, TCU, Memphis) and fi ve were on the road,
breaking or equaling school marks in both categories.
Campbell perfected a mix of an opportunistic
offense and a stingy defense for the success in 2017.
ISU scored over 40 points fi ve times during the season,
tying the school record for 40-point games in a season,
and set a school record in passing offense, averaging
272.9 yards per game.
Defensively, the Cyclones posted historic numbers,
ranking in the top-30 nationally in scoring defense
(26th, 20.9) and turnover margin (16th, +10). Iowa
State was second in the Big 12 (league games only)
in scoring defense (18.9) and total defense (357.2),
holding nine of 10 conference opponents to at least
10 points below their season average.
The Cyclones broke school marks in fewest
turnovers and fewest fumbles lost in a season, going
nearly the entire year before losing their fi rst fumble,
tying the NCAA FBS all-time record along the way.
Campbell was lauded for his efforts in 2017, earning
Big 12 Coach of the Year honors. He was also the AFCA
Region 4 Coach of the Year.
Campbell compiled a 35-15 record in four-plus
seasons as the head coach at Toledo and led the
Rockets to three nine-win seasons. He coached UT
in three bowls and his 2015 Rocket team played in
the Boca Raton Bowl after being hired at Iowa State.
Campbell’s winning percentage (.700) is third-best
in school history.
Campbell’s fi rst full season as head coach (2012)
included an eight-game winning streak. The Rockets
upset No. 18 Cincinnati during the win streak,
moved into the nation’s Top 25 for the fi rst time in
more than a decade and were invited to the Famous
Idaho Potato Bowl.
The 2013-14 seasons included 16 wins, shares of
the MAC West Division championship both years and
the establishment of a nationally respected power
rushing attack. Toledo ranked 14th and 12th nationally
in rushing offense those seasons. The ’14 campaign
ended with a 63-44 victory over Arkansas State in
the GoDaddy Bowl as tailback Kareem Hunt returned
from injury to rush for 271 yards and fi ve touchdowns.
His 2015 Toledo team got the nation’s attention
in September with a 16-12 upset of 18th-ranked
Arkansas. Following that win, the Rockets defeated
Iowa State in overtime, their second Power 5 victory
in a row. The 2015 Rockets ranked 27th nationally in
scoring offense and 28th in scoring defense. They ran
the ball (213.2) and stopped the run (115.5) and UT
earned the fi rst College Football Playoff ranking in
He was honored as the 2015 MAC Coach of the Year.
Campbell and his wife (Erica) have four young
children: Kaetlyn, Isabella, Rudy and Rocco. Campbell
earned a bachelor ’s degree in history from
Mount Union in 2002.