Iowa State football hosts TCU in a Big 12 regular-season finale. Follow for live score updates and analysis
AMES – The Iowa State football team’s 2021 regular season was looked at as perhaps the most anticipated campaign in the program’s history. The season was full of high hopes with fans eying a return to the Big 12 Conference’s championship game and possibly even competing for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
The season hasn’t gone anything like many had hoped it would, with a few memorable moments and a ton of tough times along the way. Now, one of the most interesting regular seasons in program history comes to a close when Iowa State hosts Texas Christian at Jack Trice Stadium at 3:30 p.m.
Iowa State enters the regular season finale with a 6-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Cyclones won’t be in the Big 12 championship game and they won’t be in the College Football Playoffs either. But the Cyclones will be heading to a bowl game, and Friday's game is one last opportunity for Iowa State to possibly add to its resume.
It’s also an opportunity to celebrate one of the most decorated classes in school history. A total of 23 seniors in the class will be playing their final game at Jack Trice Stadium.
We’ll have you covered throughout the day. I’m in Ames with Randy Peterson and Travis Hines. I’ll be providing updates along with news, analysis and up-to-the-minute thoughts as the game goes along in Ames.
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Iowa State missed a massive opportunity when Brock Purdy hit Xavier Hutchinson for a 12-yard gain. That was the best play of the drive but it could have been better with Breece Hall wide open across the middle of the field. Iowa State ends up punting and pinning TCU on its own 15-yard line
9:25/IQ - TCU punts on its first drive
The Horned Frogs went three and out on their opening series. Quarterback Max Duggan, an Iowa native, scrambled on third down and nearly picked up the first d
The Iowa State tight end had already established himself as one of the best tight ends in school history. But here's some more evidence. With two catches in Iowa State's opening drive, Kolar tied the single-season program record for catches by a tight end.
Andrew Mevis boots a 27-yard field goal to put Iowa State ahead 3-0. It was a pretty promising drive for the Cyclones who got great field position after a strong kickoff return. But the drive ended when Brock Purdy overshot Charlie Kolar with a pass on third own. If the pass would have been catchable, the Cyclones could have gotten a pass interference flag.
The Cyclones get good field position to start the game after a 39-yard kickoff return by Jaylin Noel. Cyclones take over on their own 40-yard line.
There was a scary moment before today's game. An Iowa State cheerleader fell on her neck/head. She was carted off the field as a precautionary measure but is doing well.
It has been an emotional pre-game at Iowa State. The Cyclones honored the entire senior class which includes 23 players.
Iowa State is going with the fan-favorite black uniforms for senior day.
2:11 p.m. - We could see some history today
Iowa State running back Breece Hall has scored a rushing touchdown in 23-straight games. That ties the NCAA FBS record with Arkansas' Bill Burnett who accomplished the feat from 1968-70. One more rushing touchdown for Hall and the record is his.
There are plenty of pro prospects taking the field today. And a few NFL teams will have reps here to watch them. They include the Minnesota Vikings, LA.. Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.
Tommy Birch, the Register's sports enterprise and features reporter, has been working at the newspaper since 2008. He's the 2018 and 2020 Iowa Sportswriter of the Year. Reach him at [email protected] or 515-284-8468. Follow him on Twitter @TommyBirch.