Final Game at Jack Trice Stadium For ISU Seniors
AMES, Iowa –A group of 21 seniors will be honored this weekend before the final home game of the season vs. Kansas, hoping to add one more special memory they can share later down the road. Multiple bowl games, multiple victories over ranked opponents and witnessing sold-out crowds in Jack Trice are accomplishments they all can be extremely proud of.
For the fifth-year seniors, guys like captains Jeff Woody, Jacques Washington and James White, the time went by fast. Their first year was the inaugural season of the Paul Rhoads era. Fast forward to the present and they have much to brag about, including a brand new building (Bergstrom Football Complex) to train in and call home.
Washington, who has started a team-best 36 consecutive games, ranks second in the Big 12 in tackles (98) and has racked up 290 stops in his brilliant Cyclone career. Washington has witnessed the growth of the program. He’s certainly enjoyed the ride.
“We have unreal fan support,” Washington said. “We didn’t have a season like we wanted this year, but the fans still came out and supported us. They make it a fun time every time we play at home. I am going to miss the fans and the passion they have for Cyclone sports. They stick with us in the hard times and they are still with us now. We really appreciate that.”
Woody has become a Cyclone folk hero in his tenure in Ames. The personable running back was always a hit at media sessions with his wit and insight, and no Cyclone spent more time at civic functions and community service outreach programs than Woody.
But Woody’s legacy at Iowa State is cemented forever with one memorable play. On Nov. 18, 2011, Woody took the hand-off and plunged in for the game-winning touchdown in Iowa State’s 37-31 upset win over No. 2 Oklahoma State.
It was the biggest win in school history. Woody is blessed to be the actor in the ending of a magical script. He has plenty of stories he will never get tired of regaling.
“It’s five years I will never forget,” Woody said. “It’s going to be great to be able to tell your grandkids you went down to Austin and beat the burnt orange on their soil. I got to play at Arrowhead, we beat the No. 2 team (Oklahoma State) in the country and we beat TCU in Ft. Worth to break the nation’s longest winning streak. All sorts of experiences I will always remember.”
For all of the special moments that have occurred on the field, Woody treasures the time he spent with his teammates off the field just as much.
“I will always remember Fred Garrin (lSU linebacker, 2007-09),” Woody said. “Whenever he came in from practice he would always take his gear off and they would be everywhere in the locker room. He would take his shoulder pads off and they would be by the door. He would take his shoes off and they would by the couches. His knee pads were somewhere up in the rafters. You talk about that with your friends and you will always remember those funny moments.”
Both Washington and Woody are cautious to reveal what their feelings will be like when they walk through the tunnel for one last time. They know a special chapter in their life is about to end.
“I knew it would be fun, but I never knew it would be this impactful,” Woody said about his time in Ames. “To have the fan support that we’ve had is incredible. Competing in a full Jack Trice Stadium in games that matter against all sorts of teams was great to be a part of.”
“It’s going to be bittersweet,” Washington added. “Obviously, I am going to be excited to play my last game in Jack Trice Stadium. It’s going to be unreal. It flew by fast and I want to walk out of there with a win in my last game.”
Thank you, seniors! You will be missed.