Matt Campbell on Jirehl Brock, preparing differently for Baylor
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell discusses Jirehl Brock’s impact on offense and whether the Cyclones are preparing differently for a team like Baylor.
Alyssa Hertel, Des Moines Registry
AMES — The Iowa State football team will face its first Big 12 Conference opponent this season and perhaps its biggest test of the young season on Saturday.
The Cyclones 3-0 open the league by hosting No. 17 Baylor at Jack Trice Stadium at 11 a.m.
It’s a huge opportunity for the Cyclones, who are off to their best start in the Matt Campbell era after wins over Southeast Missouri State, Iowa and Ohio.
But the Bears, winners of the Big 12 championship game last year, will be a good barometer to see how good the Cyclones are this season.
There’s a lot at stake for Iowa State. The Cyclones, who are 3-0 for the first time since the 2012 season, can go 4-0 for the first time since 2000.
Iowa State also has 11 straight wins over Big 12 opponents at Jack Trice Stadium. It’s the longest active home winning streak in the league.
Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson, reporter Travis Hines and reporter Tommy Birch will have you covered throughout the day.
Follow here for news, analysis, updates and analysis during what should be a big game at Ames.
11:03/2Q – Iowa State kicks off second series
Iowa State’s second offensive series didn’t go well. The Cyclones came out three times and sent him back to Baylor.
11:11/2Q – Let’s take a look at Iowa State’s first touchdown
Brock appears to be fine after coming out of the game early.
12:27/2Q – Baylor takes a 10-7 lead
Baylor kicked John Mayers’ boots in a 24-yard field goal to restore the Bears’ lead. Another impressive drive from Baylor who moved 68 yards down the field. The Bears are averaging 10.6 yards per completion right now.
End of the 1st quarter: Baylor and Iowa State tied 7-7
Well, it was a hectic first quarter. Some controversial calls. An impressive opening drive from Baylor. A great first drive through the state of Iowa. Buckle up.
1:33/1Q – How crazy was Matt Campbell about that targeting call against Iowa State earlier?
Well, take a look.
2:55/1Q – Iowa State reaches the end zone and ties the game
Dekkers throws a quick fourth pass to Brock who reaches the end zone with a 2-yard touchdown catch. Brock dropped him but officials ruled he was already dropped. Little surprised there was no review. Baylor’s sideline wanted her scrutinized. Nevertheless, it is now a 7-7 game.
4:46/1Q – Iowa State almost reaches the end zone
Hunter Dekkers unloads a 28-yard pass to Xavier Hutchinson. Hutchinson thought he had reached the end zone but after a review was ruled out at the 1 yard line. Fans don’t like it either. What a start.
5:00/1Q – Jirehl Brock is injured
The Iowa State running back went down after a hard hit, but left the field on his own. The crowd really wanted a targeting call on the game as they showed replay after replay on the video board here at Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell is furious…again
8:40/1Q – Baylor takes a 7-0 lead
Baylor’s impressive drive ends with Ben Sims catching a 12-yard touchdown pass. What a workout for the Bears. They converted on fourth down twice (including the final game) and went 77 yards down the field. Two costly Iowa State penalties also helped the cause.
10:34/1Q – Baylor rushes on fourth down
The Bears bet on fourth and third from the 24-yard line. The bet pays off with a 7-yard completion to keep the opening drive alive.
12:45/1Q – Another appeal goes against Iowa State
Iowa State linebacker Colby Reeder has just been whistled for a personal foul. It comes right after Freyler’s play. Baylor settles in the territory of the State of Iowa.
13:06/1Q – Handsome Freyler ejected for targeting
Iowa’s return to state security did not last long. Freyler was just ejected for targeting Iowa State’s last play. Iowa State coach Matt Campbell pleads with officials, but it won’t matter. The crowd at Jack Trice Stadium is furious.
11 a.m. – Time to go
Iowa State won the toss and deferred. Baylor will receive.
10:36 a.m. – What line O might look like today
Jake Remsburg could be back today. But it looks like Iowa State won’t be making any changes for the start of the game.
10:18 a.m. — Jake Remsburg warms up
And more good news for the state of Iowa. Offensive lineman Jake Remsburg goes through warm-ups. Remsburg are yet to play this season. Looks like he will be making his season debut today.
10:10 a.m. – More injury updates
Randy Peterson reports wide receiver Dimitri Stanley is in uniform right now for warm-ups and kick catches. Stanley was sick last Saturday.
9:40 a.m. – Injury updates
The State of Iowa could receive much-needed help. Cyclones safety Beau Freyler and running back Cartevious Norton are both going through pre-game warm-ups. Freyler missed last week’s game. Norton has missed the last two games.
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