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College Football: Iowa State defeats Texas to remain in first place in Big 12 Conference, 23-20

Brock Purdy attempts a pass Saturday in Austin, Texas.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Iowa State defeated Texas in a road game Saturday to remain in first place in Big 12 Conference, 23-20.

No. 15 Iowa (7-2, 7-1) had just enough to hold off No. 20 Texas’s final drive of the game to hold on for the win. ISU QB Brock Purdy completed 25 of 36 for 312 yards and a touchdown. Breece Hall scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final two minutes of the game to complete Iowa State’s 10-0 fourth quarter over Texas and complete the victory.

Iowa State faces West Virginia in Ames on Dec. 5 to finish the regular season.  A win puts Iowa State in the Big 12 Championship game.

*ISU is 7-1 in conference play for the first time in school history, and has clinched at least a share of first place in the Big 12. *The seven conference wins are the most in school history.
*This is ISU’s first-ever road win in a matchup featuring two ranked teams (1-10-1).
*In the Matt Campbell era, ISU now has seven wins after trailing at some point during the fourth quarter.
*ISU is 30-18 overall (.625) in the last four seasons, the best four-year winning percentage in the modern era.
*ISU’s 30 wins in the last four years match a school record (30 wins from 1903-06).
*ISU is 23-12 in conference play (.657) in the last four seasons, the most conference wins and highest win percentage in a four-year span in school history. *ISU’s 23 league wins in the last four seasons are the second-most in the Big 12 in that span.
*ISU is 7-18 under Matt Campbell when trailing at halftime, and 5-21 when trailing after three quarters.
*ISU is 23-25-2 all-time as a ranked team, including a 10-7 mark under Campbell.
*Campbell is 25-19 in conference games, the second-most league wins by an ISU coach (Dan McCarney, 27).
Breece Hall
—-ISU rank in parentheses—-
*Has scored in nine consecutive games (tied for second). *16 rushing touchdowns this season (fourth).
*17 total touchdowns this season (tied for third).
*25 career rushing touchdowns (10th).
*27 career total touchdowns (tied for ninth). *1,260 rushing yards this season (tied for seventh). *2,157 career rushing yards (14th).
Brock Purdy
*11th career 300-yard passing game.
*Second on ISU’s career completions chart (634), passing Austen Arnaud (616 from 2007-10). *Has 21 wins as ISU’s signal-caller, tying for the most in school history (Bret Meyer, 2004-07).
Sean Shaw
*Career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (60). *First touchdown of the season.
Charlie Kolar
*Career-high 131 receiving yards.
*Second career 100-yard game.
*Second-most receiving yards by an ISU tight end (Keith Krepfle, 143 yards at San Diego State, 1971). *Ranks second among ISU tight ends with 92 career receptions.
*Has a catch in 21 consecutive games, tying for the seventh-longest streak in school history.
Dylan Soehner
*Set career highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (69).
Tarique Milton
*Made a season-high six catches.
Connor Assalley
*Sixth career game with at least three field goals. *Ranks fifth at ISU with 42 career field goals.
Latrell Bankston
*Tallied 2.0 sacks today; has 3.5 on the season.
*First Cyclone with 2.0 sacks in a game since JaQuan Bailey had 3.5 at TCU earlier this season.
Mike Rose
*Made a career-high 13 tackles, his fifth game this season with 10 or more. *Made his 35th consecutive start, the most among current Cyclones.
Isheem Young
*Second forced fumble of the season.
Lawrence White
*First career fumble recovery.
O’Rien Vance
*Tied career highs in tackles (nine) and TFL (2.0).

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Hard fought game. Good to see. Win the big 12 and the bowl game will be a top billed one. Unless the dreaded Corona hits hard. Food stamps use are going way up nationwide. Almost across the board all top universities agree and professionals alike that a stimulus needs to go out really soon. So, a good bowl game on New Year’s day would be great way to start the year. Also $$$$$$

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