Iowa State Football

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With the football season around the corner, football fans are highly excited at the prospect of watching their favorite team deliver an intense and action-packed performance on the field. Football was first introduced in the US in 1879, and it continues to be one of the most popular sports because of intense rivalries and heated competition that brings fans together to support a common team.

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The state of Iowa has four main football clubs – the University of Iowa (Iowa Hawkeyes) and Iowa State University (Iowa Cyclones) that compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Iowa Cyclones – image by dailyiowan.com

Drake University and the University of Northern Iowa that compete in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Drake University vs the University of Northern Iowa – image by wcfcourier.com

The Iowa State Cyclones football is a football club based in Ames, Iowa. It represents Iowa State University. The team played its first season in 1892, competing in the Big 12 Conference with Jack Trice Stadium as their home park. Their ballpark has a seating capacity of 61,500 people, which was named in honor of an ex-team member, Jack Trice, who died from injuries in his first major game.  

Jack Trice Stadium – image by desmoinesregister.com

History of Iowa State Football

It was in 1878 that Iowa State introduced football on campus as a leisure sport. It was just a rough sport until 1892, when Iowa State formed its first organized football team to represent the university. The team came out victorious in the 1894 games, where they met Iowa Hawkeyes for the first time, who would later go on to become their subdivision rival. Iowa State won the game by 16-8.

Two subdivision rivals – image by uiowa.edu

Under the assistant coach of Clyde Williams, who was a player and an assistant coach at Iowa, Iowa State went on to win the Missouri Valley Conference football title two times in 1911 and 1912. These are the sole conference titles in Iowa State history.

After a barren season in 1930 with consecutive losses, the Iowa State football team welcomed George Veenker as the head coach in 1931.

Head coach George Veenker – image by cyclones.com

After becoming the coach, Veenker led his team to victory in the 1931 season. The team finished in number two in the Big Six Conference with a record of 5-3. They beat Kansas State with 7-6, Oklahoma by 13-12, and Missouri by an impressive 20-0. 

In 2015, the former head coach at the University of Toledo named Matt Campbell became Iowa State’s head coach. Under his supervision, the team experienced more success on the field.

Head coach Matt Campbell – image by iowastatedaily.com

They beat the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners for the sixth time that put an end to their dry spell since 1990. They extended their season success by winning most of the games in October. They also triumphed over TCU, who holds the 4th position.

The 2015 season gave Iowa State a lot of achievements and appreciation. The AP Poll listed the team at the top 14. They finished the regular season games at 4th place in the Big 12 Conference with a record of 7-5.

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Their successful season earned them an invitation to play at the Liberty Bowl, where they garnered a victory against Memphis with 21-20. This victory marked the team’s first bowl win after eight long winless years.

The most recent season in 2020 is one of the most prominent seasons in the history of Iowa State. Although the team had a sloppy opening losing to Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, they were able to set things right by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners in Ames two weeks later.

Pride – image by sportsnaut.com

However, they lost again to Oklahoma by 21-24 when they met again after two weeks in Stillwater. But that was the only loss they faced during the season. They won every other game they played with other football teams during the season games. This earned them a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, which went on to be their first championship game. 

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