Football, Volleyball's Landwehr Win Central Iowa Sports Awards
AMES, Iowa -The Iowa State football team took home awards for Team of the Year and Game of the Year (Oklahoma State) and Cyclone volleyball's Alison Landwehr was named Female Athlete of the Year at the Des Moines Area Sports Commission's annual Central Iowa Sports Awards Banquet on Feb. 26. The Central Iowa Sports Awards Banquet recognizes high school, college and professional athletes who have pursued athletic excellence with honor.
On Nov. 18, 2011, Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads led the Cyclones from a 24-7 deficit to a two-overtime 37-31 victory over previously undefeated and No. 2 Oklahoma State. Since the AP poll came into existence in 1936, the Cyclones had posted a record of 0-56-2 against foes ranked in the top six positions. Playing on a Friday night in front of a national television audience, Iowa State quarterback Jared Barnett completed 31-fo-58 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns while linebackers AJ Klein and Jake Knott combined for 27 tackles. Defensive backs Ter'Ran Benton and Leonard Johnson each intercepted passes.
The Iowa State football team bucked all preseason prognostications, becoming bowl eligible despite being an underdog in 11 games last fall. The Cyclones appeared in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in New York's Yankee Stadium. In addition to the historic win over Oklahoma State, the Cyclones scored a road win against a ranked opponent for the second straight season, with a 41-7 win at Texas Tech.
In her second season as the Iowa State volleyball starting setter, junior Alison Landwehr became only the third Cyclone ever named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America first team. She averaged 11.46 assists per set, tops in the Big 12 and 15th in the nation. With an average of 11.77 assists per set against Big 12 foes, Landwehr earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for the first time.
The focal point of the Cyclones 5-1 offense, Landwehr set 1,283 balls over the course of the 31-match season, leading the team to its second NCAA Elite Eight berth in four years. As a result of Landwehr's spot-on sets, Iowa State's hitters scored at a rate of .254 percent, the second-highest hitting percentage ever at Iowa State.