Notre Dame vs. Iowa State
CYCLONES, FIGHTING IRISH MEET FOR FIRST TIME
IN 30TH ANNUAL CAMPING WORLD BOWL
by Sam Gardner
Notre Dame and Iowa State will square o for the fi rst time on the gridiron
as the Fighting Irish and Cyclones meet at Orlando’s Camping World
Stadium for the 30th edition of the Camping World Bowl.
The Irish are making their fi rst Camping World Bowl appearance since
2011, when they lost a close matchup with Florida State in what was then
known as the Champs Sports Bowl. Notre Dame also appeared in the
Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day 2018 and left Orlando with a 21-17 victory
“I think it builds a lot of momentum going into your o -season when
you’re able to win a bowl game — certainly when you’re doing it against
quality opposition,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “I think when
individuals have really good performances, it does that, as well. Ian Book
and Miles Boykin obviously teamed up in that 2018 game to have big
“I just think it catapults you into your o -season training, conditioning,”
Kelly continued. “It builds a great deal of confi dence as you get ready for
the next season.”
Notre Dame capped a 10-2 regular season with a 45-24 victory at
Stanford on Nov. 30. The Irish fi nished the season ranked among the top
15 nationally in both scoring o ense (37.1 points per game) and scoring
defense (18.7 points allowed per game), and logged three wins against
teams in the fi nal College Football Playo rankings (USC, Virginia and
The Irish o ense is led by the quarterback Book — the fi rst signal caller in
school history to eclipse 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30
touchdown passes in the season. He now ranks fourth in school history
with 56 career touchdown passes, and wide receiver Chase Claypool is
just the fourth Notre Dame receiver since 1996 to eclipse 400 receiving
yards in three-straight seasons.
Iowa State will be Notre Dame’s 148th di erent opponent in school history,
and the Irish are 122-22-3 all-time against fi rst-time opponents, including
victories over New Mexico and Bowling Green earlier this fall.
“Our players are excited,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “Our
university is excited. We got a great matchup with a very, very good
football team in Iowa State. Cyclones head coach Matt Campbell has
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done an incredible job.
“Their reputation is well-earned,” Kelly added. “This is a really good
football team that could easily be 11-1.”
Iowa State enters the Camping World Bowl with a 7-5 record, including
a 5-4 mark in Big 12 play to tie for third in the conference standings. The
Cyclones’ fi ve losses came by a combined 21 points and included a onepoint
loss to current No. 16 Iowa, a one-point loss to No. 4 Oklahoma in
Norman and a two-point loss to No. 7 Baylor in Waco.
Iowa State has produced historic numbers on o ense this year, breaking
school season records in points scored (409), touchdowns (53), total
o ense (5,504) and passing yards (3,820). The Cyclones are also ranked
in the top 30 nationally in scoring o ense (34.1) and total o ense (458.7),
and both averages on pace to set school season marks set in 1976.
“It’s consistency at the quarterback position,” Campbell said of the team’s
success through the air this season. “For the fi rst time since we’ve been
here at Iowa State, we’ve been able to have the same starter from about
the midway point of last year through this entire season.
“I’ve been proud of Brock Purdy’s growth, and really proud of the growth
in some of the guys that have stepped to the forefront around him,”
Campbell continued. “I think that’s kind of taken all season to really grow
into that, with some of these young guys stepping up into prominent
Purdy leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally in passing yards with
3,760 on the year. Purdy also ranks ninth nationally in passing touchdowns
with 27 and has three di erent receivers (Charlie Kolar, La’Michael
Pettway and Sean Shaw, Jr.) with at least fi ve receiving touchdowns.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Cyclones have held opponents to an
average of 25.3 points, and the Iowa State run defense ranks second in
the Big 12, allowing just 133.8 yards per game on the ground.
“This has been an incredible journey for us here at Iowa State,” Campbell
said. “We’re really fortunate to coach phenomenal kids who have really
bought into the vision, then sacrifi ced greatly to uphold the standard of
excellence this program has wanted. And to play a program that has really
stood for excellence through a long time in Notre Dame, that’s certainly