OFFICIAL GAME PROGRAM
DECEMBER 28, 2018
the game hanging in the balance, a freshman-to-freshman connection provided
Iowa State with an exclamation point. Purdy found Tarique Milton for 60 yards and
an ISU touchdown to extend the advantage back to 48-35 with 6:09 remaining.
Braxton Lewis picked off his third pass in as many games on the following
drive, and Iowa State put away its fi rst conference victory of the season.
Game 6: Iowa State 30, No. 6 West Virginia 14
Oct. 13 | Ames, Iowa
Iowa State’s defense held a West Virginia offense that entered the game averaging
more than 525 yards to just 152 yards in a 30-14 win over the No. 6 Mountaineers
at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State improved to 3-3
overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play, while handing West Virginia its fi rst loss of the season.
The Cyclone defense dominated the contest, recording seven sacks for the
second-straight game. ISU held WVU’s Will Grier to just 100 yards on 11-of-15
passing. The West Virginia offensive output of 152 yards was its lowest this century.
Iowa State held just a 20-14 lead at the half despite a 250-112 edge in total
offense. The key play of the half came with the Cyclones holding a 20-7 lead and
set up to attempt a 39-yard fi eld goal. Connor Assalley’s kick was blocked Kenny
Bigelow Jr. and returned 72 yards for a touchdown by WVU’s Derrek Pitts Jr.
The Cyclones had first half touchdowns from Hakeem Butler, a four-yard
reception, and David Montgomery, a two-yard run, as well as a 19-yard reception
by tight end Charlie Kolar.
The score remained 20-14 until Deshaunte Jones hauled in a 32-yard strike
from Brock Pudry with 12:17 left in the fourth quarter. Purdy then connected with
Matthew Eaton for the two-point conversion to make it 28-14. ISU closed out the
scoring with a safety on a WVU hold in the end zone with 5:14 left.
Montgomery had an incredible night, rushing for a career-best 189 yards on
29 carries. He scored one touchdown, just a week after missing his fi rst career
game due to injury.
In his fi rst career start, Brock Purdy fi nished 18-of-25 for 254 yards and three
Game 7: Iowa State 40, Texas Tech 31
Oct. 27 | Ames, Iowa
The Cyclone defense came up with three interceptions, one of which was
returned for a touchdown by Marcel Spears, as Iowa State surged to a 40-31 win
over Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders came out of the gates fast, scoring on a blocked punt by Thomas
Leggett, who jumped on the ball in the end zone to put the Cyclones in an early
7-0 hole. Texas Tech extended its lead to 10-0 at the end of the fi rst stanza on a
28-yard fi eld goal by Clayton Hatfi eld.
Iowa State countered in the second quarter, with the offense marching 75 yards
in nine plays for a touchdown to open the period. Running back David Montgomery
punctuated the drive with his fi fth rushing touchdown of the season. Iowa State
took its fi rst lead of the day two drives later, as Brock Purdy found tight end
Charlie Kolar for a nine-yard score.
Texas Tech took a 17-14 halftime lead thanks to a late rushing touchdown by
quarterback Alan Bowman.
Connor Assalley tied the game with a 27-yard fi eld goal early in the third quarter.
On the ensuing Texas Tech drive, Spears intercepted a Bowman pass and returned
it 41 yards for a touchdown, pushing ISU back in front 24-17.
Montgomery then scored on another one-yard touchdown rush to make the
score 31-24, ISU. Texas Tech answered with a fourth-quarter defensive touchdown
by Dakota Allen to knot the game at 31-31.
With less than five minutes to play, Bowman was called for intentional
grounding in his own end zone as JaQuan Baily barreled down on him, resulting
in a safety to put Iowa State ahead 33-31. Purdy and Butler then hooked up for
a 48-yard touchdown pass with 2:25 to play on the following ISU drive to secure
the Cyclone win.
2018 Season In Review