Nov 26, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; ]TCU Horned Frogs safety Millard Bradford (28) celebrates his 36-yard interception returned for a touchdown against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Max Duggan’s 3 TD passes help No. 4 TCU blow out Iowa St.

Max Duggan threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns as No. 4 TCU walloped visiting Iowa State 62-14 on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams in Fort Worth, Texas.

Millard Bradford and Josh Newton returned interceptions for scores for TCU.

The Horned Frogs (12-0, 9-0 Big 12), just one of three undefeated teams in the FBS, will play either No. 12 Kansas State or No. 23 Texas in the Big 12 Championship game on Dec. 3 in Arlington, Texas. If it wins that game, TCU will be in the College Football Playoff.

Kendre Miller ran for 72 yards and two scores for the Horned Frogs, who won going away despite the absence of star receiver Quentin Johnston (ankle).

Hunter Dekkers passed for just 106 yards, with a TD and an interception for Iowa State (4-8, 1-8) before being forced from the game by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder early in the third quarter. Eli Sanders had 91 yards on seven carries.

The Cyclones will miss a bowl game for the first time since 2016.

Duggan hit Geor’Quarius Spivey on a 19-yard touchdown pass on the game’s opening possession before Griffin Kell kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the Horned Frogs a 10-0 lead with 4:54 to play in the opening quarter.

Miller ran 25 yards for a TD with 2:15 to play in the first quarter. On the ensuing snap Bradford intercepted Dekkers and returned the pick 36 yards to expand the Horned Frogs’ lead to 24-0.

Iowa State’s lone first-half highlight was Dekkers’ 15-yard TD pass DeShawn Hanika at the 13:16 mark of the second quarter.

The Horned Frogs finished off the half with a season-best 54-yard field goal by Kell and Miller’s 1-yard scoring plunge — the latter just 14 seconds before halftime — to take a 34-7 lead.

Duggan added scoring passes, 2 yards to Savion Williams and 13 yards to Jordan Hudson, respectively, over a span of 4:25 in the third quarter.

Later in quarter Newton snatched a tipped pass from Iowa State backup quarterback Rocco Becht and returned it 57 yards for the Horned Frogs’ second pick-six of the game.

Deon Silas ran 19 yards early in the fourth quarter for the Cyclones’ other score.

TCU backup quarterback Chandler Morris connected with Hudson for his second TD of the game with 1:18 to play.

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Nov. 19, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA;  [CAPTION] Texas Tech Red Raiders quarterback Tyler Shough (12) runs with the ball for a first down around Iowa State Cyclones linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) during the second quarter in the senior day Big-12 showdown at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Network

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Texas Tech rallies to defeat Iowa State

Tyler Shough hit Baylor Cupp with a jump-ball, 4-yard touchdown pass with 6:10 to play to lift Texas Tech to a 14-10 win over Iowa State on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference game dominated by defense in frigid and windy Ames, Iowa.

Shough passed for just 141 yards, but 43 of them came in the Red Raiders’ winning drive after they had fallen behind. He lofted a pass to Cupp, his 6-foot-6 tight end, for the score that sent Texas Tech (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) into bowl eligibility for the second straight season.

Iowa State (4-7, 1-7) lost its second straight game, fell to the cellar in the conference standings and will not play in a bowl for the first time since 2016.

Hunter Dekkers led the Cyclones with 294 yards passing, with 101 of those going to Xavier Hutchinson. Iowa State outgained Texas Tech 422-246 and possessed the ball for more than 36 minutes.

The Red Raiders struck first, getting a 1-yard touchdown run from backup quarterback Donovan Smith at the 12:23 mark of the second quarter to culminate a 96-yard, 14-play drive that used 5:04 of the clock.

Iowa State responded with Drake Nettles’ 36-yard field goal on the ensuing possession after a 13-play, 63-yard march. Nettles missed from 30 yards out after Texas Tech fumbled on its opening possession and had another attempt blocked, this time from 34 yards away, on the final play of the first half.

Iowa State moved to the Red Raiders’ 2-yard line twice in the third quarter while chewing up 9:15 of the quarter but were stopped for losses both times on fourth down and goal. The Cyclones outgained Texas Tech 126-18 in the quarter, running 25 plays to the Red Raiders’ nine, and had nothing to show for it.

The Cyclones finally broke through early in the fourth quarter when Dekkers hit Easton Dean with 24-yard scoring catch and run to give Iowa State a 10-7 lead.

But Texas Tech immediately answered, driving 77 yards in 13 plays that included a fourth down conversion at its own 32, before Shough’s winning touchdown pass to Cupp.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State's Gunnar Gundy (12) warms up before the college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Iowa State Cyclones at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman-USA TODAY NETWORK

Oklahoma St. takes over 4th quarter to topple Iowa St.

Quarterback Spencer Sanders came on late in the third after Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy benched his son and helped the host Cowboys beat visiting Iowa State 20-14 on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) used an eight-play drive early in the fourth quarter to take the lead for good. Sanders passed 14 yards to Jaden Nixon for the go-ahead touchdown with 9:18 remaining.

Sanders, who had been dealing with an injury, might have missed his second consecutive game, but he was summoned after Gunnar Gundy, who made his first career start, was removed.

Sanders finished 9-for-13 for 84 yards as the Cowboys won for just the second time in their last five games. Gundy went 5-for-12 for 103 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Quarterback Hunter Dekkers was 28-for-42 for 274 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions for Iowa State (4-6, 1-6), which was trying to win back-to-back games for the first time since a 3-0 start to the season.

After a fourth-down stop in Iowa State territory in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys tacked on Tanner Brown’s 40-yard field goal with 4:19 to play.

After both teams punted, the Cyclones reached the Oklahoma State 23 before a fourth-down sack sealed the outcome with less than 30 seconds to play.

Neither team had much of a ground attack; Iowa State finished with 59 rushing yards and Oklahoma State with 57.

Iowa State opened the second half with a six-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, scoring on Jirehl Brock’s 1-yard run.

Oklahoma State opened the scoring on Brown’s 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.

A special teams play turned momentum when Iowa State’s Darien Porter blocked a punt. The Cyclones needed to go only 9 yards for a touchdown, with Dekkers hooking up with Sean Shaw Jr. on a 4-yard scoring play for a 7-3 lead.

The Cowboys had a quick response. Gundy’s pass to John Paul Richardson turned into an 83-yard touchdown on their second snap of the next possession.

Oklahoma State led 10-7 at halftime, with Iowa State limited to 116 yards of total offense. Jace Gilbert of the Cyclones missed on a 41-yard field-goal attempt in the last minute of the first half.

Oklahoma State had just six first downs in the opening half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA;  Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Myles Purchase (5) knocks the ball out from Oklahoma Sooners running back Eric Gray (0) during the first quarter in the Big 12 Conference game  at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nirmalendu Majumdar/Ames Tribune-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Gray powers Oklahoma to win at Iowa State

Eric Gray ran for 101 yards and a touchdown to lead Oklahoma to a 27-13 win over Iowa State in Big 12 action on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers was intercepted three times, the final coming with just more than five minutes remaining when Sooners linebacker Danny Stutsman grabbed an ill-advised pass and returned it 37 yards to the Iowa State 2.

Two plays later, Gray scored from 4 yards out on a direct snap to give Oklahoma some breathing room.

The Sooners (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) have won back-to-back games to move within a win of securing bowl eligibility for the 24th consecutive season.

Iowa State (3-5, 0-5) has lost five consecutive games by a combined 28 points. The Cyclones rushed for just 66 yards.

Oklahoma took a 20-6 lead late in the third quarter when Dillon Gabriel found Jalil Farooq wide open for a 41-yard touchdown.

It was just the Sooners’ third play of the game to gain more than 15 yards. All came from Farooq, who finished with 74 receiving yards and 26 rushing yards.

Gabriel completed 15 of 26 passes for 148 yards and a touchdown.

The Cyclones pulled within seven early in the fourth quarter, scoring their only touchdown on a 15-yard pass from Dekkers to Jaylin Noel to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 20-13.

Dekkers was 37-of-57 passing for 312 yards and a score.

The Sooners took a 13-6 lead into halftime thanks to some trickery.

Early in the second quarter, Oklahoma lined up for a short field goal after Gray was stopped for a loss and third-and-goal from the 1.

Holder Michael Turk pitched the ball forward to kicker Zach Schmit, who cut to his left and easily found the end zone for the game’s first touchdown to break a 3-3 tie.

Schmit scored all 13 of the Sooners’ first-half points.

Xavier Hutchinson had a team-high 10 catches for 72 yards for the Cyclones.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson (5) runs for yardage against Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Anthony Johnson, Jr.  (1) during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Stars shine for No. 22 Texas in narrow win over Iowa State

Quinn Ewers passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns as No. 22 Texas outlasted visiting Iowa State 24-21 Saturday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (5-2, 3-1 in Big 12) made just enough plays down the stretch and won their third straight contest despite being outgained by Iowa State 403-363 and making several big mistakes. Texas snapped a three-game losing streak to the Cyclones.

Bijan Robinson ran for 135 yards on 28 carries and had a 36-yard catch for the Longhorns.

Texas took a three-point advantage it would not relinquish after a 3-yard touchdown pass from Ewers to Xavier Worthy with 4:43 to play.

Iowa State’s Xavier Hutchinson then dropped a wide-open deep pass from Hunter Dekkers at the Texas 10-yard line with under 3 minutes remaining that would have put the Cyclones well within range for a tying field goal. Later on the drive, Dekkers fumbled while scrambling inside the Texas 30-yard line, and the Longhorns were able to run out the clock.

Dekkers passed for 329 yards and two TDs and ran for a third score for the Cyclones (3-4, 0-4 Big 12). Hutchinson caught 10 passes for 154 yards while Jaylin Noel caught both of Dekkers’ scoring tosses. Iowa State has started its Big 12 campaign 0-4 for the first time in coach Matt Campbell’s tenure.

Those four losses, three of which have been to ranked teams, were by a combined 14 points.

The Cyclones lit the board first via a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dekkers to Noel with 57 seconds left in the first quarter. Texas answered on a 15-yard scoring hookup from Ewers to Worthy with 5:48 to play in the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

The Longhorns then took the lead on Ewers’ 5-yard TD pass to Jordan Whittington with 13 seconds remaining until halftime. Texas added to its advantage with a 31-yard field goal by Bert Auburn on the initial possession of the third quarter.

Iowa State responded and cut its deficit to 17-14 with the second Dekkers-to-Noel TD pass of the game, this one from 54 yards away with 4:27 to play in the third quarter. Dekkers then put the Cyclones back on top with his 11-yard scoring scramble with 10:58 remaining that set the table for the furious finish.

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) celebrates in the end zone after a touch down during the second quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas escapes Iowa State 14-11 to remain unbeaten

Iowa State freshman kicker Jace Gilbert missed his third field goal with 27 seconds remaining as host Kansas kept its record perfect Saturday with a 14-11 win over the Cyclones in Lawrence, Kan.

After losing seven straight to the Cyclones, Kansas (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) started a season with five wins for the first time since 2009 after Gilbert pulled the 37-yard, game-tying try wide left.

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels finished 7 of 14 for 93 yards and ran for just 15 yards but added a rushing score. Devin Neal led Kansas’ rushing attack with 75 yards on 12 carries. Daniel Hishaw rushed for 28 yards and scored a TD, but the running back was carted off the field after losing a fumble with 9:05 remaining in the game.

Hunter Dekkers went 30-for-48 for 287 yards and tossed a touchdown pass to Easton Dean and had an interception for the Cyclones (3-2, 0-2). Xavier Hutchinson recorded 101 receiving yards on a career-high 13 catches.

During the final minute of the first quarter, Gilbert lined up a 38-yard field goal attempt but watched it deflect off the right upright to keep the contest scoreless.

On the next series, Kansas put together a seven-play, 79-yard drive. Hishaw ran off the right side and barely slipped into the end zone to put the Jayhawks up 7-0.

Midway through the quarter, Kansas cornerback Cobee Bryant made a spectacular leaping interception of Dekkers. That pick set up Daniels’ scoring run to end a 19-yard drive.

Dekkers atoned himself by firing a nine-yard strike to Dean, and holder Blake Clark took a bad PAT snap and scrambled in to make it 14-8, which stood as the halftime score.

Gilbert got a second chance and trimmed the margin to 14-11 by booting a 35-yard field goal with 5:27 left in third.

Iowa State crafted an impressive 72-yard drive that started at its 1. It got second life when Bryant appeared to record his second interception. However, it was overturned upon review.

From 45 yards out, Gilbert again missed — bouncing a second kick off the right upright — to keep the three-point deficit with 11:26 left.

–Field Level Media

Kansas junior quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) runs in for a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday's game against Duke at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium Saturday.

Kansas puts potent offense up against Iowa State

After nearly appearing in the AP Top-25 Poll for the first time since 2009, Kansas will aim to open more eyes when it plays host to Iowa State on Saturday at Lawrence, Kan.

The Jayhawks (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) have been riding an offensive surge and currently are ranked seventh in FBS in points per game with 47.0. They have settled for just two field goals, while scoring 26 touchdowns.

The Kansas offense has gained 474 yards per game, 31st-best in FBS. Against previously undefeated Duke in a 35-27 victory last week, Kansas had a season-high 528 yards of offense.

Quarterback Jalon Daniels ranks 20th nationally in total offense at 304 yards per game. He is even starting to generate some Heisman Trophy consideration.

“He’s a heck of a player, so yeah, I’m all for it,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said of the award buzz. “Whoever is running the campaign, let’s get it going. I think he’s doing a heck of a job getting a lot of people to take notice and take this program seriously.”

The Jayhawks defense might be the issue, as they are tied for 94th (out of 131 FBS teams), allowing 402.5 yards per game.

Saturday will be a case of strength against strength. Iowa State (3-1, 0-1 Big 12) will face the powerful Kansas offense after allowing just 266 yards per game, 14th in FBS.

Iowa State gave up a total of 27 points in the first three games before falling to Baylor 31-24 at home last Saturday. The loss ended a streak of 11 straight home conference victories for Iowa State.

The Cyclones trailed 31-14 with 9:37 remaining before scoring 10 unanswered points. After an Iowa State field goal with 55 seconds left, Baylor recovered the onside kick to seal the victory.

“The word is momentum,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “We know this is a game of momentum. It always felt like we were fighting from behind.

“What I love about this group, and I love this group, is they have a chance to do some special things here. They kept playing and they kept fighting and they kept competing.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Ames, Iowa, USA; Baylor tight end Ben Sims (8) scores a touchdown in the first quarter against Iowa State at Jack Trice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bryon Houlgrave/Des Moines Register-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Baylor holds off Iowa State in Big 12 opener

No. 17 Baylor surged to a 31-14 lead, then held off a late Iowa State rally to score a 31-24 win in the Big 12 Conference opener for both teams in Ames, Iowa.

The Bears (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) dominated the initial 20 minutes of the second half with Christian Morgan and Devin Neal snagging interceptions of Cyclones quarterback Hunter Dekkers on two of Iowa State’s first four possessions in the second half. Baylor forced punts on the other two possessions.

Baylor’s offense, meanwhile, pushed the lead to three scores when Richard Reese capped a 93-yard Bears drive with a 19-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Blake Shapen found Gavin Holmes on a 38-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter.

Shapen went 19-of-26 passing for 238 yards with three touchdowns spread to three receivers. Ben Sims scored on a 12-yard catch in the first quarter and Shapen found Dillon Doyle for a goal-line score in the second quarter.

Iowa State (3-1, 0-1) cut into the deficit, scoring the first points the Baylor defense allowed in a fourth quarter this season when Jirehl Brock’s 37-yard run ending on a fumble near the goal line was called a touchdown upon review.

The Cyclones defense forced a quick punt, and Dekkers’ 50-yard connection with Jaylin Noel on a third-and-7 deep in Iowa State territory led to a 28-yard Jace Gilbert field goal with 55 seconds left.

Baylor recovered Iowa State’s ensuing onside-kick attempt to snuff the comeback attempt and preserve the Bears’ first win in Ames since 2016.

Dekkers finished 23-of-36 for 284 yards with the two picks and two touchdowns. He found Dimitri Stanley for a touchdown just before halftime to pull the Cyclones to within three points by intermission. Noel caught seven passes for a game-high 120 yards.

Holmes finished with 92 yards on three receptions for Baylor. Bryson Jackson recorded two sacks for the Bears defense.

–Field Level Media

Sep 25, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears players wave their towels in the first half of the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

No. 17 Baylor, Iowa State to reignite tight Big 12 rivalry

Big 12 Conference counterparts No. 17-ranked Baylor and Iowa State open their 2022 league slates on Saturday in Ames, Iowa, for the latest edition in what has been one of the most competitive series of recent years.

With its 31-29 win over Iowa State at home a year ago, Baylor (2-1) kickstarted a conference schedule that culminated in it winning the program’s first-ever outright Big 12 championship. The Bears begin their pursuit of a second straight in earnest with Saturday’s matchup against an opponent that has had especially tight contests with Baylor in recent years.

Last year’s two-point margin marked the third straight game between Baylor and Iowa State decided by seven points or fewer. The Bears took the 2019 decision, 23-21, while the Cyclones won in Dave Aranda’s first season as Baylor head coach in 2020, 38-31.

The home team has won all three of those games — and the last four in the series overall — in a trend Iowa State (3-0) aims to extend on Saturday in pursuit of the program’s best start since 2000.

Doing so will mean an offense that currently ranks ninth in the Big 12 at 156 rushing yards per game and 4.3 yards per carry must find ways to score on a defense allowing just 2.6 yards per carry and 84 rushing yards per game.

“They are a little different (compared to past seasons),” Aranda said of Iowa State during his weekly media availability. “They’re throwing it more than what they have and they’re blitzing more than what they have … (Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell) plays to the strengths of what they’ve got.”

With the departure of two-time, 1,400-yard-plus rusher Breece Hall, Iowa State is leaning on quarterback Hunter Dekkers. Dekkers is 78-of-105 passing for 745 yards with eight touchdowns and three interceptions through the first three games.

“We’re a super-efficient offense, which speaks well (of) this team,” Dekkers told reporters on Tuesday. “Taking what the defense gives you is going to win games.”

Dekkers also noted that the Baylor defense looks to be the fastest Iowa State has seen yet.

“It’s something you can’t prepare for,” he said of the speed. “It’s kind of something you just have to be ready for.”

The Cyclones pair their pass-heavy offensive look with an aggressive defensive approach, resulting in 14 tackles for loss and five sacks thus far. Five different Cyclones have produced sacks, including All-American end Will McDonald IV.

Pass-rush opportunities for Iowa State’s defense will be limited if the Cyclones cannot contain an effective and multifaceted Baylor rushing attack. The Bears led the Big 12 in rushing a season ago.

This season they are producing 234.7 rushing yards a game, with running backs Richard Reese, Craig Williams and Qualan Jones all rushing for at least 131 yards and scoring multiple touchdowns. Reese is averaging seven yards per carry for 237 in total and five scores.

Bears quarterback Blake Shapen has attempted fewer passes than Dekker but has completed at 50 of 74 (67.6 percent) on the season. But Iowa State defensive back Anthony Johnson told reporters that Shapen impresses the Cyclones defense and avoids errors.

–Field Level Media

Iowa State Cyclones linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) and  defensive back Anthony Johnson Jr. (1) takes down Ohio Bobcats running back Sieh Bangura (22) during the first quarter at Jack Trice Stadium Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Ames, Iowa.

Hunter Dekkers, Iowa State roll past Ohio

Hunter Dekkers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Iowa State earned its first 3-0 start in a decade with a 43-10 victory over visiting Ohio on Saturday in Ames, Iowa.

Dekkers went 28-for-36 passing for 268 yards and no interceptions, while Xavier Hutchinson had nine receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown and Sean Shaw added five catches for 54 yards and a score.

Jirehl Brock had 76 yards on seven carries and Deon Silas added 58 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries to power the ground game.

Kurtis Rourke went 20-for-33 passing for 194 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bobcats (1-2). Nolan McCormick rushed for 43 yards on seven carries and had six receptions for 19 yards.

After Dekkers gave the Cyclones a 7-0 lead with a six-yard touchdown run less than five minutes into the game, he doubled the lead with a 12-yard touchdown pass to DeShawn Hanika with 1:46 left in the first quarter.

The Cyclones pushed the lead to 17-0 on Jace Gilbert’s 19-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter before putting the game away in the next two minutes.

Iowa State got the ball back on Ohio’s first play of its ensuing possession when Anthony Johnson intercepted Rourke on the Cyclones’ 49-yard line. Five plays later, Silas scored on a three-yard run for a 24-0 lead with 13:07 left in the first half.

Ohio cut the deficit to 24-3 on Nathanial Vakos’ 45-yard field goal with 3:35 left in the half. But Dekkers’ 15-yard scoring strike to Shaw gave the Cyclones a 30-3 lead at the half after Gilbert’s extra-point was blocked by Rayyan Buell.

Dekkers’ 13-yard touchdown pass to Hutchinson pushed the lead to 37-3 with 8:22 left in the third quarter before Rourke found Tyler Foster for a 1-yard touchdown pass to make it 37-10 with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Gilbert’s field goals from 21 and 39 yards in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.
The Cyclones are off to their best start since opening the 2012 season 3-0 en route to finishing 6-7.

–Field Level Media