OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
Akron struck fi rst in the opening half on a 26-yard touchdown reception by
Andre Williams. The Cyclones answered right back with Butler’s 24-yard reception
from Noland and the teams traded fi eld goals in the middle of the second quarter.
The Cyclones took a 17-10 lead at the intermission after a one-yard plunge from
Montgomery with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
The second half was the Connor Assalley show, as the Iowa State kicker
connected on three fi eld goals and proved to be the difference in the game. Assalley
went 4-for-4 on fi eld goal attempts of 27, 29, 33 and 37 yards to improve to 7-for-7
in his fi rst season as the Cyclone kicker.
The Cyclone defense was swarming, particularly in the second half, holding
the Zips to just three points after the intermission. Iowa State had four sacks and
tallied 10 tackles for a loss. JaQuan Bailey was all over the place with 1.5 sacks
and 3.5 tackles for a loss, while Lawrence White had a career-high nine tackles.
Braxton Lewis also intercepted Akron quarterback Kato Nelson on Akron’s fi rst
drive of the day, notching his second career pick.
Noland collected the second win of his career as a starter, completing 26-of-34
passing attempts for 233 yards and a touchdown, while Montgomery rolled up
107 yards on the ground.
Game 4: TCU 17, Iowa State 14
Sept. 29 | Fort Worth, Texas
TCU’s Jonathan Song connected on a 28-yard fi eld goal in the fi nal minute to
push the Horned Frogs past Iowa State, 17-14, in Fort Worth. The nail-biter at
Amon G. Carter Stadium dropped Iowa State to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in Big 12 play.
The Cyclones were able to strike fi rst, after freshman Will McDonald collected a
sack and a forced fumble early in the second quarter. The Horned Frog fumble was
recovered by JaQuan Bailey at the TCU 22, setting up a two-yard touchdown pass
from quarterback Zeb Noland to freshman tight end Charlie Kolar. TCU answered
the Cyclones on its next drive with a 10-yard touchdown catch by Taye Barber.
Both teams would enter the locker room tied at the half, 7-7.
The Horned Frogs returned the favor, capitalizing on a Noland fumble at the
beginning of the third quarter, as TCU defender Ben Banogu picked up the loose
ball and ran it back 47 yards for the touchdown to give TCU a 14-7 lead.
Running back David Montgomery found his rhythm in the fourth quarter,
accounting for 51 yards of an ISU scoring drive on seven carries. Montgomery
would fi nish off the drive with a one-yard score to tie the game, 14-14. Montgomery
fi nished with 101 rush yards, marking his 10th career 100-yard rushing game. It
tied him for seventh in school history in career 100-yard rushing games.
Defensively, the Cyclones had nine tackles for a loss, their second-straight
game with seven or more TFLs. Braxton Lewis led the Cyclones with two on the
evening, as well as one interception. Willie Harvey led ISU with 12 tackles, his
sixth career game with 10 or more tackles. In total, the defense was credited
with three forced turnovers.
Game 5: Iowa State 48, No. 25 Oklahoma State 42
Oct. 6 | Stillwater, Okla.
Iowa State went on the road and left T. Boone Pickens Stadium with a thrilling
48-42 win over No. 25 Oklahoma State behind a fi ve-touchdown performance
by true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy. The Cyclone defense recorded 16
tackles for loss in the victory, a single-game school record.
The Cowboys got on the board fi rst, with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Taylor
Cornelius to Jelani Woods. The Iowa State defense responded on the ensuing
OSU possession, forcing a punt from Oklahoma State’s end zone. The snap was
mishandled by the OSU punter, resulting in a safety to put Iowa State on the board.
Purdy took center stage from that point forward, completing 18-of-23 attempts
for 318 yards and four touchdowns, while running for 84 yards and another
score. The freshman quarterback led Iowa State to a season-high 30 fi rst-half
points, and a 30-21 lead right before the intermission on a 26-yard pass to
receiver Matthew Eaton.
Purdy and the offense were back at it in the second half, marching 75 yards in
four plays to extend the Cyclone lead to 37-28. The drive opened with a 40-yard
pass from Purdy to Hakeem Butler, and ended when Deshaunte Jones raced into
the end zone after a 23-yard pitch and catch.
The Cyclone lead was trimmed to just 40-35 with 10:25 to play in the game
following an Oklahoma State touchdown and a Connor Assalley fi eld goal. With
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