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Iowa State’s Purdy and Bailey pick up Big 12/National Honors

This news story was published on October 15, 2018.
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IRVING, TX – Iowa State junior defensive end JaQuan Bailey was named Big 12 Co-Defensive Player of the Week after his performance in Iowa State’s 30-14 win over No. 6 West Virginia on Saturday.

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Bailey spearheaded a dominating defensive effort, limiting the previously unbeaten Mountaineers to just seven offensive points and 152 yards of total offense, their lowest output in 23 years.

Bailey had two of ISU’s school-record-tying seven sacks, as the Cyclones boast back-to-back seven-sack games. Bailey also was instrumental in helping the Cyclones register a safety late in the fourth quarter, forcing a holding call with the quarterback in the end zone.

Bailey ranks third in the Big 12 in TFL (9.5) and fourth in sacks (4.5). His career 15.0 sacks ties for fourth in school history.

It marks the second week in a row a Cyclone earned the honor. Safety Braxton Lewis was the recipient last week.


Meanwhile, Iowa State true freshman quarterback Brock Purdy was the Big 12’s Newcomer of the Week for the second-straight week after his performance in the Cyclones’ 30-14 win over No 6 West Virginia on Saturday.

Purdy, a native of Gilbert, Ariz., is continuing his amazing Cinderella story, leading the Cyclones to a pair of victories over ranked opponents in consecutive weeks after playing just two snaps in ISU’s first four games.

Purdy was again phenomenal, showing poise in the pocket, the ability to extend plays and an accurate arm. He threw for 254 yards on 18-of-25 passing and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 39 yards in the win.

His touchdown passes went for four, 19 and 32 yards.

In his last two games, Purdy has accounted for eight of ISU’s 10 touchdowns, is averaging 286.0 yards passing, 347.5 yards of total offense and completing 75.0 pct. of his passes.

The rookie was also a weekly recipient of the Davey O’Brien “Great 8” and the Manning Award “Star of the Week” awards for the second consecutive week.

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