1. The Iowa State stars stepped up
This was the thing about Iowa State this year – it had experience, and it had good parts to work around.
The Oregon defense obviously focused around stopping Breece Hall, and it sort of did. The All-America running back didn’t break off any huge runs, but he pounded away for four yards per carry, took the offense on his shoulder, and rumbled 34 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns.
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Breece Hall stepped up, and so did Brock Purdy.
It only seems like he’s been at Iowa State long enough to have handed it off to Troy Davis 30 times a game. He’s a solid veteran who didn’t make any mistakes, did a fantastic job of keeping the chains moving, and was sensational in a high-end, total compliment game manager sort of way.
Control the clock, rely on the defense, don’t make the big mistake.
He ran for 39 yards and a score, he kept plays alive with his feet, and he completed 20-of-29 passes for 156 yards and a score.
Brock Purdy stepped up, and so did Charlie Kolar.
One of the nation’s top tight ends let the Cyclones with five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown. He was the reliable go-to guy when needed, and he stepped up.
LB Mike Rose stepped up. Head coach Matt Campbell stepped up. And as a program, Iowa State just stepped up.