Iowa State University Athletics

01/15/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/15/2020 06:58

Football Season In Review

2019 Season In Review

-Iowa State (7-6, 5-4 Big 12) tallied its third-straight winning season and appeared in its third-straight bowl game for just the second time in school history (2000-02). It was the first time since 1976-78 that Iowa State reeled off three-straight winning seasons.
-Iowa State finished above .500 in conference play (5-4) for the third consecutive season and for only the fourth time in the Big 12 era (2000, 2017, 2018, 2019). ISU tied for third in the Big 12 Conference, marking just the fifth time ISU placed third or better in conference play in the last 60 years (1959, 1977, 1978, 2018, 2019).
-Iowa State has posted 23 wins over the last three seasons, one win shy from the school-record three-year winning stretch (24 wins) from 1976-78.
-ISU played in six one-score games in 2019. ISU's six losses were all to bowl teams. ISU led or was tied in the fourth quarter in four of its six losses.
-Iowa State has appeared in the College Football Playoff rankings in each of the last three seasons, joining Oklahoma as the only two Big 12 teams to do so. ISU appeared in two CFP rankings (11/19; 11/26) this year.
-Iowa State's offense thrived in 2019, ranking in the top-40 nationally in passing offense (11th, 311.3), yards per play (17th, 6.4), total offense (27th, 444.3) and scoring (39th, 32.2).
-Iowa State set school records in both passing yards per game (311.3) and total offense per game (444.3), breaking the former mark of 439.6 held since 1976. ISU's 32.2 points per game average in 2019 is the second-best season clip in school history and only the second time in school history ISU averaged 30 points per game.
-Iowa State set season school records for Touchdowns (53), Points (418), Touchdown Passes (29), Passing Yards (4,047), First Downs (298) and Total Offense (5,776).
-ISU recorded over 400 yards of total offense in 10 of 13 games and outgained its opponents in eight games.
-In Big 12 action, Iowa State was third in the league in scoring (32.3), tying a school record by scoring 30+ points vs. league competition five times (2000).
-In the fourth quarter, ISU was fifth nationally in scoring (139) and sixth in scoring differential (+62). ISU was the only team nationally to have four 20-point outbursts in the final quarter: ULM (24), Baylor (21), Oklahoma (20) and Kansas (20).
-A highlight of the season was a 23-21 victory over No. 22 Texas on Nov. 16. The Cyclones won it on a last-second 36-yard field goal by , their first regulation 'walk-off' win since 1983. It was ISU's sixth win over a ranked team in the last three seasons and the first over Texas in the era. Campbell is the only coach in school history to defeat every team in the conference in their Cyclone coaching tenure.
-ISU was one of three teams nationally (Hawaii, Memphis) with four players over 600 yards receiving: (877), (722), (697) and (676). Milton was seventh nationally in yards per reception (20.6).
-The Cyclones were fourth in the Big 12 and 47th nationally in rushing defense (139.5) and allowed just 13 rushing TDs to lead the Big 12 and tie for 19th nationally.
-Senior WR finished his career as one of the greatest wideouts in school history. He concluded his career second in receptions (184) and fifth in receiving yards (2,052). His 76 receptions is the second-best season total in ISU history, ranking second in the Big 12 and 30th nationally (5.8).
-Sophomore QB posted the most prolific season by an Iowa State signal-caller, breaking or tying 18 school records (game, season, career). Purdy set season school records in passing yardage (3,982), passing TDs (27), completions (312), total offense (4,231) and 300-yard passing games (6).
-Purdy led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in passing yardage (306.3), fifth in total offense (325.5) and sixth in completions (312, 24.0). He was named Second-Team All-Big 12.
-Purdy was one of four players nationally with at least 27 passing TDs and eight rushing TDs (Justin Fields, Jalen Hurts, Trevor Lawrence) and had nine games of 300 yards of total offense, tying for fourth nationally.
-First-Team All-Big 12 TE was a Second-Team All-American by the FWAA and First-Team Academic All-American. Among FBS tight ends, Kolar was sixth nationally in receiving yards (53.6), T6th in receptions (51) and T4th in TD catches (7). He broke ISU's season mark for receiving yards by a tight end (697).
-Freshman All-American RB averaged 101.6 yards, 4.8 ypc with nine rushing TDs in the last eight games. His nine rushing touchdowns is a school record for a Cyclone rookie and his overall 74.8 rushing yards per game ranked fourth nationally among FBS true freshmen.
-Junior DB led the Cyclones in passes defended (11) and had 65 tackles. He was named to the All-Big 12 First Team for the second-straight season, becoming one of only four Cyclones in school history to be a Big 12 (1996-present) first-teamer twice.
-ISU set a season record in home attendance average at 59,794.