While Iowa State did not cover the -26.5 point spread, the Cyclones were still able to stick one out for the home crowd.
Brock Purdy is Unreal
It seems about every week we bring up Brock Purdy and his ridiculousness, but this week is where the accolades really started to pile up. Purdy needed just a quarter of football to get into the record book once again, after breaking the single season passing touchdown the week prior. Brock was able to find Deshaunte Jones for a 19 yards, to push himself to the most yards in a single season for an ISU QB. Before the day was over, Purdy found himself breaking the records for both completions and all-purpose yards in a season, currently sitting at 280 completions on 415 attempts, 3,843 total yards, and 34 total touchdowns. Brock Purdy needs only 10 touchdowns to surpass Bret Meyer as Iowa State’s all-time passing touchdown leader. By the way, this kid is only a sophomore.
Chuck Kolar Got Hosed
It was recently announced that Harrison Bryant (SR, Florida Atlantic), Hunter Bryant (JR, Washington) and Brevin Jordan (SO, Miami) are finalists for the John Mackey Award (Best Tight End). As you may have noticed, there is no Charlie Kolar on that list. Kolar had 6 catches for 100 yards this weekend to keep up his All-American-type season. He once again sliced through a defense and was able to make a big difference down in the trenches to get the run game going. Kolar has racked up 47 catches, 649 yards, and 7 touchdowns, while the 3 Mackey Award Finalists have combined for 8 touchdowns. Chuck not being at least in consideration for this award is baffling.
This Senior Class is Special
Matt Campbell’s first year was when this group of seniors were freshman or redshirt freshman. They obviously got off to a rough start, going 3-9 in their first season, but they then raised the standard, and are now proving it. This game was a perfect symbol for what this senior class has done in their 4 years. Kansas came to play on Saturday, and Iowa State did not look the best on offense or defense until late in the game, but the Cyclones stayed the course even when things were looking bleak, and came out with a real, gritty victory.