Iowa State pulled off a culture changing upset during primetime last night on ESPN. This now makes the Cyclones 2-0 in Conference play and 2-1 Overall. This upset also led them back into the top 25 rankings, where they find themselves at #24 in the AP Poll.
Breece Hall had another monstrous game as he proves himself as a top back in the country. He seemed to never go down on first contact and and looked strong the whole night. The play calling was also exceptional and was highlighted by the tight end to tight end trick play. Kene's kickoff return was also a spark when the Cyclone's needed it/
The Cyclones had another strong defensive outing. While the secondary still may be questionable at times, Isheem Young's game sealing interception made up for any questions. The defensive lined proved to be great again as they continued to get pressure with three or four rushers. The rush defense also looked good. Mike Rose seemed to be all over the field making plays. Jaquan Bailey also made some fabulous plays through the double and triple teams he was facing.
Relive the Second Half Comeback:
Its always great to win, especially the conference opener. A lot of good things displayed by the Cyclones in their 3 point win against TCU.
Hall had a monstrous game, and when the offensive line, who looked a lot better, was able to open up lanes for the true sophomore running back, he was able to show his explosiveness. Hall finished with 155 yards on the ground to go along with a catch for five yards. He also found the endzone 3 times.
Bailey had a huge game and was finally able to break through and become Iowa State's all time leading sack leader. Not only did he accomplish that, he also came away with 3.5 sacks along with a forced fumble. The forced fumble was huge as it set up Purdy's TD pass to Darren Wilson Jr. right before half. He put on one of the greatest individual defensive performances in school history.
Defensive Line and Linebackers:
The defensive line and linebackers put together a magnificent performance. The D-line created a ton of pressure as well as the linebackers doing everything they were supposed to. Mike Rose also had a huge pick to seal the deal for the Cyclones.
Iowa State Defensive Backs:
While the secondary looked good last game except for the huge touchdown they gave up, they struggled a bit more at times yesterday. Even with the pressure created by Iowa State's defensive line, the Horned Frog Quarterbacks were still able to find their receivers.
Purdy and the Passing Game:
Brock Purdy recorded his first passing touchdown and seemed to settle in well to the game. However, Purdy does not seem to be his explosive self. Hopefully, with a healthy Milton and Kolar next week, we will see an explosive Purdy against Oklahoma.
Iowa State's defensive was actually very impressive. Other than the 78 yard touchdown they gave up, they were very good (Not counting the last drive, the whole team had given up including Coach Campbell). The defensive line was very good including new comer Latrell Bankston. The linebackers looked good as well, and the secondary looked alright as well.
Breece averaged over 5 yards per carry while rushing for over 100 yards and getting into the end zone once. Before Downing went down, the O-line looked pretty good for the Cyclones, creating holes for Hall.
The Wide Receives did not look good. Purdy did not look good. Play calling was interesting in second half. Just not good. Interesting to see how much Hutchinson was targeted.
No explaining needed. Iowa State has not had a special teams coach since 2018.