Cyclone Story Lines
-Iowa State (3-9, 2-7 Big 12) ended the season on a high note with back-to-back Big 12 Conference victories to tie for seventh in the league standings, the best Big 12 finish since the league went to one division in 2011.
-Iowa State blanked Kansas (34-0) in its final home game, the first shutout involving a pair of Big 12 opponents since Oct. 29, 2011. It was fourth-largest shutout vs. a conference opponent in school history and one of six shutouts involving BCS teams in league play during the year.
-Iowa State then went on the road to West Virginia in its final game of the season, defeating the Mountaineers, 52-44 in a triple overtime thriller. It was the biggest come-from-behind win in school history (24 points), as the Cyclones were down 31-7 in the first half.
-It was the largest come-from-behind win in FBS this season.
-The Cyclones were down 17 points (38-21) in the fourth quarter vs. WVU, as the Cyclones equaled their biggest fourth-quarter deficit comeback in school history.
Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads became just the second coach in Iowa State history to win a conference road game in each of his first five seasons at the helm (Jim Walden: 1987-91).
-The Cyclones won their final two conference games for the first time since the 2000 season.
Iowa State ended the season with back-to-back games of over 500 yards of total offense (Kansas, West Virginia) for the first times since 1989 (Kansas State, Missouri).
-Iowa State broke its season record for attendance by averaging 55,361 fans per game. ISU sold out three games (Northern Iowa, Iowa, Oklahoma State), tying the school record for single-game attendance at 56,800.
-ISU lost five games this season by a one possession score (UNI-8, Iowa-6, Texas-1, Texas Tech-7, TCU-4).
-ISU was one of three teams in the nation with three 95-yard (non-defensive) scoring plays: DeVondrick Nealy (98-yard KO return vs. TCU), Quenton Bundrage (97-yard catch vs. Texas), Jarvis West (95-yard KO return vs. Texas Tech).
-ISU, Rutgers and New Mexico are the only three teams in the nation with two different players recording a pair of 95+ kickoff returns for a TD.
-ISU recorded six 50+ scoring plays from scrimmage on the season, including the longest pass play in school history (Bundrage 97-yard catch from Sam Richardson vs. Texas).
Iowa State finished 35-of-39 in the red zone this season (24 TDs, 11 FGs), leading the Big 12 and ranking 14th nationally in red zone efficiency (89.7).
-Iowa State was second in the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally in fourth-down conversions at 68.4 percent (13-of-19).
-Sophomore WR Quenton Bundrage had a breakout season, catching nine TD passes to tie the single-season school record with Todd Blythe (2004-9, 2005-9). Bundrage had three TD catches of 60 yards or longer this season. Bundrage’s three multi-TD catch games (Iowa-3, Oklahoma State-2, West Virginia-2) this year ties for first on ISU’s single-season list.
-Senior LB Jeremiah George was one of the top linebackers in the nation, leading the league and ranking fourth nationally in tackles at 11.1. George is just the third Cyclone to lead the Big 12 in tackles per game: Alvin Bowen (2006) and Jesse Smith (2009).
-In league games only, George ranked in the Big 12’s top-10 in tackles (1st, 11.8), TFL (5th, 12.0), forced fumbles (T4th, 3), sacks (T10th, 3.5) and interceptions (T9th, 2), leading the Cyclones in all five categories.
-Senior S Jacques Washington ranked second in the Big 12 and 18th nationally in tackles at 9.9. Washington ended his career with 311 tackles to rank 15th all-time in school history and third among all-time among Cyclone defensive backs.
-Senior P Kirby Van Der Kamp ended his prolific career with the second-best punting average in school history (42.43) and the 21st-best career punting averaging in NCAA history.
-Freshman QB Grant Rohach ended the season on a tear, throwing back-to-back 300-yard passing games in the final two contests of the season: Kansas (300), West Virginia (331). He is the only Cyclone freshman QB to record a pair of 300-yard games in a season.
Iowa State Season Quick Facts
-Iowa State had 50,000 fans attend all six home games in 2013, increasing its school-record streak of 50,000+ to 19 games.
-Iowa State broke both of its home records in extreme temperatures during the season. The warmest game in Jack Trice Stadium history was the season-opener vs. UNI (92 degrees).
-The coldest game in Jack Trice Stadium history was the in the season-finale vs. Kansas (8 degrees).
-Iowa State ended a season with wins over its last two Big 12 opponents for the first time since 2000.
-ISU won a triple overtime game vs. West Virginia. ISU is 3-0 all-time in triple overtime games.
-Only one player (Nigel Tribune- 2013) played as a true freshman in the last two seasons for the Cyclones.
-From 2010-13, ISU has 11 upset wins.
-Iowa State’s young team gained much experience throughout the 2013 season.
-In its season-opener vs. UNI, ISU had 11 players make their first career starts, including two players playing in their first game in a Cyclone uniform (Charlie Rogers and Daniel Burton).
-Seven players made their first career starts on defense (Jensen, Morrissey, Irving, Miller, Brackens, Richardson, Rogers) and four were on the offensive side (Burton, Lalk, Ecby, Coleman) of the ball.
-A total of 25 Cyclones recorded their first career start during the year.
-A total of 17 freshmen and sophomores, including seven freshmen, made starts during the year.
-35.9 percent of ISU’s starts (95/264) this season were by freshmen or sophomores.
-Four times this season (Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas, West Virginia), ISU had just one senior starter on offense.
-10 different offensive linemen started a game this season, with eight of the 10 being underclassmen.
If You Build It, They Will Come
-Paul Rhoads has built the Iowa State football program into a consistent player on the collegiate football scene with three bowl bids in the last five years.
-The Iowa State fanbase has paid attention. Thanks to the recent success and Rhoads’ enormous popularity, the Cyclones are shattering all attendance records.
-For the first time in school history, ISU sold out its season ticket allotment on Aug. 12 (over 43,000) and over 50,000 people have attended a game in Jack Trice Stadium for a school-record 19-straight games.
-It marks the third season in a row where ISU set a record for total season tickets sold. Season tickets for students were sold out on July 18, the earliest sell-out date in school history.
-Thanks to Rhoads, eight of the top-10 most attended games in school history have occurred in the last two seasons, including three sellouts this season (UNI, Iowa, Oklahoma State).
-ISU’s top-three single-season attendance figures occurred in the last three seasons.
-ISU broke its season attendance record this season at 55,361.
-ISU has seen a 25.7% percent increase in season attendance average from 2002-2012.
Largest Home Crowds
1. 56,800 vs. Oklahoma State, 2013
56,800 vs. Iowa, 2013
56,800 vs. Northern Iowa, 2013
56,800 vs. Kansas State, 2012
5. 56,795 vs. Northern Iowa, 2007
6. 56,585 vs. Oklahoma, 2012
7. 56,390 vs. Texas, 2011
8. 56,085 vs. Iowa, 2011
9. 55,783 vs. Western Illinois, 2012
10. 55,518 vs. Northern Iowa, 2006
Rhoads Era Bolded
Top Season Attendance Averages
1. 55,361- 2013
2. 55,274- 2012
3. 53,647- 2011
4. 51,906- 1982
5. 50,114- 1981
6. 50,097- 1980
Rhoads Era Bolded
What You Need to Know About the Defense
-ISU had its Big 12-best 24-game streak of not allowing 40 points end vs. Texas Tech (42- Oct. 12).
-Under Defensive Coordinator Wally Burnham, the Cyclones create turnovers. ISU has forced 20+ turnovers in all five seasons of his tenure, including 21 this season.
-ISU had 21 takeaways this season, including 13 fumble recoveries to rank third in the Big 12 and 11th nationally.
-Twice ISU had four takeaways in a game (Tulsa, West Virginia).
-ISU held three Big 12 opponents to 370 yards or less in total offense: Texas (363), TCU (368), Kansas (279).
-Iowa State blanked Kansas 34-0, recording its first shutout over a league opponent since 2001 (41-0, Baylor).
-ISU’s win over KU was the fourth-largest shutout vs. a conference team in school history: 1. 54-0 vs. Oklahoma State (1971) 2. 48-0 vs. Kansas State (1943) 3. 41-0 vs. Baylor (2001) 4. 34-0 vs. Kansas (2013).
-There were just six shutouts this season involving BCS teams in conference play.
It was the first shutout by a Big 12 team in league play since Oct. 29, 2011 (Texas 43, Kansas 0).
What You Need to Know About the Offense
-Injuries was forced ISU to use a patchwork offensive line during the season. ISU started a different O-Line group in nine of 12 games and a total of 10 different offensive linemen started a game for the Cyclones.
-ISU scored 298 points on the year, the 10th-best single season total in school history.
-ISU had three games (Texas, Kansas, West Virginia) with 200+ yards rushing and 200+ yards passing.
-ISU set season highs in rushing (244), passing (331) and total offense (575) vs. West Virginia.
-ISU’s 575 yards of total offense vs. West Virginia is the ninth-best single-game output in school history.
-ISU scored 24 points in the fourth quarter vs. West Virginia, tying for the most points scored by a Cyclone team in the final period in school history.
-ISU ended the season with back-to-back games of over 500 yards of total offense (Kansas, West Virginia) for the first time since 1989.
-ISU scored 30+ points in three-straight games (38 at Tulsa, 30 vs. Texas, 35 vs. Texas Tech) for the first time since 2005 (Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Colorado).
-When the Cyclones entered the red zone, they were money, converting on 35-of-39 possessions (24 TDs, 11 FGs) to lead the Big 12 and rank 14th nationally at 90 percent.
-The ISU offense had its 11-game streak of recording a TD pass end vs. Kansas State. It was the second-longest streak in school history.
-ISU had 12 80-yard scoring drives this season. The Cyclones only had five 80+ scoring drives all of 2012.
-From 2003-12, the Cyclones averaged 6.9 scoring drives of 80+ yards per season. ISU had 12 this year.
-ISU led the Big 12 and ranked 10th nationally in fourth down conversions at 68.4 percent (13-for-19).
-ISU had seven plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or longer this season.
Big-Plays Highlight Season
-Iowa State was able to produce big plays throughout the 2013 season.
-Iowa State was one of three teams in the nation to boast three 95-yard non-defensive scoring plays this season: DeVondrick Nealy (98-yard KO return vs. TCU), Quenton Bundrage (97-yard catch vs. Texas), Jarvis West (95-yard KO return vs. Texas Tech).
-ISU was one of 10 teams in FBS to have two kickoff returns for TDs this year.
-ISU hadn’t had a non-onside kickoff return for a TD since 1994 (Troy Davis vs. Colorado) until West did it vs. Texas Tech. When Nealy did it vs. TCU, it marked the first time since 1963 where the Cyclones had two kickoff returns for TDs in a season (Tom Vaughn, Dick Limerick).
-Nealy’s 98-yard KO return is the second-longest return in school history and Bundrage’s 97-yard TD catch is the second-longest play from scrimmage in ISU history. It is the longest pass play in school history.
-Nealy’s KO return for a TD is only the second-ever by a Cyclone (non-onside) in Jack Trice Stadium history (Luther Blue- 95 yards vs. Nebraska in 1976).
-Bundrage’s catch was the longest play from scrimmage in the Big 12 and the third-longest pass play in FBS this season.
-Nealy’s 98-yard KO return was the third-longest return in the Big 12 this year.
-The three plays rank in ISU’s top-10 all-time career longest scoring plays.
-ISU also had six plays of 50+ yards go for touchdowns during the season.
Bundrage Emerges At Receiver
-The Iowa State coaching staff felt that sophomore Quenton Bundrage had the capability to emerge as a big-play receiver in 2013.
-Bundrage broke out with a monster game vs. Iowa, establishing career-highs in receptions (7), receiving yards (146) and TD catches (3).
-He became just the seventh Cyclone to record a trio of touchdowns in a game in school history.
-A Cyclone receiver has caught three TDs in a game just eight times in school history.
-Against Texas, Bundrage racked up 137 yards receiving on five catches. The big play was a 97-yard TD catch in the 3rd quarter, the longest pass play in school history and the longest play from scrimmage in Jack Trice Stadium history. It was the second-longest play from scrimmage in school history (Meredith Warner, 98-yard rush vs. Iowa Pre-Flight in 1943).
-Bundrage’s 97-yard catch was the third-longest pass play in FBS this season and it ties for the longest pass play in Big 12 history.
-Bundrage ended the season with seven catches for 93 yards and two TDs in the season-finale vs. West Virginia.
-Bundrage had three multi-TD catch games to tie the school record (Iowa, Oklahoma State, West Virginia).
-Led the Cyclones in catches (48), receiving yards (676) and TD catches (9).
-His nine TD catches tied for the single-season school record and ranked third in the Big 12 and 30th nationally.
-Had three catches of over 60 yards: 62 yards against West Virginia, 67 yards against Iowa, 97 yards against Texas.
Wimberly Breaks Out
-Aaron Wimberly, the second-team JUCO All-American who led Iowa Western to the JUCO national title in 2012, was ISU’s go-to back when in the lineup.
-Wimberly missed the Oklahoma State and Kansas State games while nursing a sore hamstring.
-Against Tulsa, Wimberly ran for a career-high 137 yards on 19 carries to earn Big 12 Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors.
-Wimberly’s 137-yard performance was the first 100-yard rushing game by a Cyclone running back since Shontrelle Johnson ran for 120 yards vs. Tulsa in the 2012 season-opener.
-Wimberly also had a 31-yard catch and a 32-yard kickoff return vs. Tulsa to give him 200 all-purpose yards, becoming the first Cyclone to register 200 or more all-purpose yards since Shontrelle Johnson did it vs. Utah in 2010.
-Wimberly then responded with a 117-yard game vs. Texas, becoming the first Cyclone to rush for over 100 yards in back-to-back games since Alexander Robinson did it in 2010.
-Wimberly scored his first rushing (20-yard run) and receiving (11-yard catch) touchdowns in the Texas game.
-Caught a 58-yard TD pass against Kansas and had career highs in both receptions (5) and receiving yards (59) vs. West Virginia
-He led the team in rushing yards (567) and had two rushing TDs.
-Wimberly is joining ISU All-Americans Dwayne Crutchfield (1980-81) and Blaise Bryant (1989-90) as former junior college players to excel in the ISU backfield.
Nealy Joins “Trifecta” Club
-Senior RB DeVondrick Nealy joined a rare club on Nov. 9 when he returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD vs. TCU.
-It was Nealy’s fourth touchdown of the season and his third different way of scoring six points this season. Nealy has two rushing TDs, one TD reception and one kickoff return for a TD.
-Since 1946, only four other Cyclones have achieved this rare feat: Dick Howard, 1945 (INT, KOR, Rush), Donn Lorenzen, 1954 (KOR, Rush, Rec.), Bob Harden, 1956 (INT, PR, Rush) and Tom Vaughn, 1963 (KOR, PR, Rush).
Captain Jeremiah George Was ISU’s Tackling Machine
-Senior LB Jeremiah George recorded a fantastic season for the Cyclones.
-George was the Big 12’s top tackler, averaging 11.1 tpg to rank fourth nationally. He also led the Big 12 and ranked fourth nationally in solo tackles (6.9).
-George led the Cyclones in tackles (133), TFL (12.0), sacks (3.5), forced fumbles (3) and interceptions (2).
-All of George’s 12.0 TFL occurred in Big 12 play, ranking fifth in the Big 12 in league games only.
-George registered 10+ tackles in nine of 12 games this season.
In league games only, George ranked in the Big 12’s top-10 in tackles (1st, 11.8), TFL (5th, 12.0), forced fumbles (T4th, 3), sacks (T10th, 3.5) and interceptions (T9th, 2), leading the Cyclones in all five categories.
-George tallied a career-high 18 tackles at Baylor, the second-best performance by a Big 12 player this season. He forced two fumbles in ISU’s come-from-behind win at West Virginia.
-George become the third Cyclone to lead the Big 12 in tackles: Alvin Bowen (2006) and Jesse Smith (2009).
-Four different ISU linebackers have earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors five times in the Paul Rhoads era: Jesse Smith (2009), A.J. Klein (2011, 2012), Jake Knott (2012), Jeremiah George (2013).
Van Der Kamp One of The Nation’s Best Punters
-Senior punter Kirby Van Der Kamp will go down as one of the greatest punters in school history.
-A three-time All-Big 12 pick, Van Der Kamp was a preseason All-Big 12 First-Team selection and Ray Guy Award Watch List member. He was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award in 2012.
-Van Der Kamp ended his career with a 42.4 ypp average, the second-best average in ISU history and the 21st-best average in NCAA history.
-He’s pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line 99 times in his career, including 27 times this year.
-Van Der Kamp’s faked punts proved to be a valuable weapon in his career. He was 7-of-7 on fake punt fourth down conversions with five rushes and two passes.
Invited to the 2014 Senior Bowl.
ISU Receives $25 Million Gift For Stadium Expansion
-Roy and Bobbie Reiman pledged a $25 million gift, one of the largest of its kind, to Iowa State University in November.
-Much of the gift will go toward expanding Jack Trice Stadium, which would include enclosing the south end zone.
-The estimated completion date is for 2015.