DALLAS (FWAA) – The Iowa State Cyclones
limited No. 6 West Virginia’s high-powered offense to just 152 total
yards, recording seven sacks for a second consecutive week in a
30-14 win in Ames. For holding the Mountaineers to their lowest
offensive output since 2000, the Cyclones (3-3) moved past an impressive
list of worthy candidates to earn the Reveal Suits National
Team of the Week honor for games of the weekend of Oct.
This is the sixth time for Iowa State to earn the honor, which
dates to the 2002 season. The announcement came on "Off Campus with
Mark Packer" on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM. Each Monday during the
season, the Reveal Suits National Team of the Week will be unveiled
during the program, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. ET. The FWAA's
All-America Committee selects the weekly winner and all Division
I FBS and FCS schools are eligible to be selected.
The defensive statistics were outstanding for ISU against an
offense averaging 41.4 points and 526.8 yards per game. The seven
sacks tied a school record, and ISU now has 20 sacks on the season
from 14 different players. But the offense had some upstarts as
well. In his first career start, freshman Brock Purdy finished 18-of-25
for 254 yards and three touchdowns. David Montgomery rushed for
a career-best 189 yards on a career-high 29 carries and scored one
touchdown just a week after missing his first career game due to
injury. The Cyclones' 244 rushing yards were a season high.
"Multiplicity was the key tonight and the ability to be multiple
throughout the football game. Our defensive staff did a great job
at having a plan to constantly switch up the looks and be as multiple
as we could," Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. "This group has
really gotten better every week. It will be interesting to see this
groups choice; they have a big decision to make on where we go from
here and what is our story."
Iowa State is 6-0 in October the last two seasons, with four
wins against ranked opponents. Three of those four ranked opponents
– Oklahoma and TCU in 2017, and West Virginia in 2018 – were unbeaten
going into the game. Including last week's 48-42 win at Oklahoma
State, the Cyclones have defeated ranked opponents in consecutive
weeks for the first time in school history.
The other National Team of the Week nominees for the weekend
of Oct. 13 were:
• LSU (6-1): In another impressive defensive
effort, the No. 13 Tigers contained No. 2 Georgia’s powerful
offense to 322 yards in a 36-16 home win, only giving up 36
rushing yards in the second half while expanding its 16-0 halftime
lead. LSU had 475 total yards, was plus-four in turnover margin
and converted 4-of-4 fourth downs. Senior kicker Cole Tracy
converted all five field goal attempts and his 18 kicking points
(with three PAT’s) set an LSU record (since 1949).
• Michigan State (4-2): The Spartans scored
on Brian Lewerke’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Felton Davis with
29 second left for a 21-17 win at No. 8 Penn State. It’s the
second consecutive season that MSU has won in the final minutes
to hand Penn State back-to-back losses behind an Ohio State
loss. Lewerke finished with 259 passing yards and two touchdowns.
MSU has now won five of the last six games against PSU, and
is 10-5 in its last 15 games against AP Top-10 teams.
• Oregon (5-1): Running back C.J Verdell
topped off his 100-yard rushing day with a six-yard sprint to
the end zone in overtime as No. 17 Oregon knocked off No. 7
Washington, 30-27. The Huskies missed a game-winning field goal
at the end of regulation but was good on a second try after
stalling inside the Oregon 10 in overtime. The Ducks converted
a third-and-11 on their ensuing possession, setting up Verdell’s
game-winning score on third-and-goal.
• Tennessee (3-3): The Volunteers snapped
an 11-game SEC losing streak with a 30-24 win at No. 21 Auburn.
Jarrett Guarantano passed for a career-high 328 yards and two
touchdowns, and Tennessee’s defense forced three turnovers,
returning one of them for a touchdown. This was coach Jeremy
Pruitt’s first SEC win at Tennessee and marked the Vols’ first
road win over a ranked Auburn team since 1980.
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