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College Football: Iowa State’s Campbell Big 12 Coach of the Year for third time

This news story was published on December 17, 2020.
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Matt Campbell, Iowa State head football coach

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell is the most successful coach in the modern era of Iowa State football (1928-present). His school-best 55.7 percent career winning percentage (34-27) affirms this.

Campbell started his rebuilding project for the Cyclone program in 2016, piecing together four-straight winning seasons for the first time in the modern era.

However, it was his efforts during the 2020 campaign that has solidified him as one of the top coaches in the nation, and the Big 12 Conference noted his work this afternoon by naming him its 2020 Chuck Neinas Big 12 Coach of the Year.

It marks the third time in his Cyclone coaching career he’s received the award: 2017 (Big 12 Coach of the Year) and 2018 (Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year).

Campbell has elevated the Cyclone football program to unprecedented heights. His 2020 team became the first team in school history to claim sole possession of first place in the final conference regular-season standings, compiling a school-record eight league wins (8-1) in the rugged Big 12 Conference.

Iowa State will now compete in its first-ever Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday, facing No. 12 Oklahoma to vie for its first conference title since 1912.

There were many firsts in 2020 behind Campbell’s efforts. The Cyclones reached their highest ranking in any poll in school history (No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings) and rattled off five-straight wins over league opponents for just the second time in program history.

Campbell, who became the only coach in school history to defeat Oklahoma and Texas in the same season, relied on a special group of seniors who will leave Ames as the winningest class in school history (31 victories).

The Cyclones played as a ranked team a school-record nine times in 2020 thanks to a balanced effort from the offense and defense. The Cyclones are on pace to set a school record for points per game (34.0) and the defense ranks in the top-three in scoring defense (2nd- 21.3) for the fourth-straight season.

Campbell continued his success against the nation’s best. The Cyclones defeated two ranked teams (Oklahoma, Texas) to give Campbell eight wins over rated teams since 2017.
Campbell is the only coach in school history with an above-.500 record vs. conference competition, owning a 26-19 record vs. Big 12 teams, just one win shy from the school record in victories over league teams.

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5 Responses to College Football: Iowa State’s Campbell Big 12 Coach of the Year for third time

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2020 at 10:12 am

    He didn’t look like the coach of the year in yesterday’s game. The tight ends all have a height advantage but keep running when it was not working.

  2. Lawsteward Reply Report comment

    December 20, 2020 at 5:27 am

    …and all these comments have “what” to do with the story presented above???

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 17, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    Number #1 title game? It possible if Alabama goes down! Go to a casino and place a sports bet. It’s legal. And then you can place a bet anywhere in the state. It tracks you through the GPS. Casino first, then start raking in the cash anywhere. It’s legalized sports betting. $$$

    • Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 17, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      Drive east till you hit a big river. Cross over and buy all the legal cannabis you want. BILLIONS in revenue for any state that strapped for cash! Just make sure you smoke it all up before you cross back over the bridge. Over 500,000 Iowans smoke the herb. Tax Dollars $$$

      • Louis Reply Report comment

        December 17, 2020 at 12:43 pm

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