Iowa Sports

Cyclones hit the road

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Nothing says more about Iowa State’s current place in the national landscape than the fact that it’s playing a Mid-American Conference team on the road this weekend. It’s a matchup the Cyclones will have to survive if they want to entertain ...

Iowa prepares for North Texas

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa relied on its defense to win its opener, and the Hawkeyes leaned on their offense to survive their first road test. Iowa will look for a complete team effort to close out non-conference play — especially with No. 5 Penn State set to ...

Hawks, Cyclones set to square off

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa made it painfully obvious how far Iowa State had fallen behind its Big Ten rivals last season, whipping the Cyclones by 39 points. Iowa State and second-year coach Matt Campbell are eager to show the visiting Hawkeyes (1-0) on Saturday that ...

Iowa tops Iowa State in an instant classic

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Quarterback Nate Stanley cemented his status as Iowa’s starter with a big game against its biggest rival — and Akrum Wadley reminded everyone why he’s one of the best running backs around. Stanley threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ihmir ...

Montgomery’s stock soaring at ISU

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State appears to finally have the kind of potent offense it will need to compete in Big 12 play. Sophomore running back David Montgomery is a big reason why. Montgomery has emerged as a star for the Cyclones, rushing for 194 yards and ...

In-state talent intensifies rivalry

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — The Iowa-Iowa State rivalry has often been headlined by players who grew up in the state. This year’s game might feature more in-state talent that any Cy-Hawk matchup in recent memory. The Hawkeyes’ most recent depth chart featured 23 players ...

Cyclones too much for UNI

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Jacob Park threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and Iowa State, aided by a pair of interception returns for TDs, beat Northern Iowa 42-24 in the season opener for both teams Saturday. David Montgomery ran for 82 yards and two scores for the ...

Hawkeyes shut down Wyoming

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — An offseason filled with hype followed Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen to Iowa City. The Hawkeyes defense brought Allen down a peg — and showed it might be strong enough to carry the team while the offense finds its footing. Nate Stanley ...

Cyclones have talent at skill positions

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — Iowa State’s restructured defense will be considered a liability until it can prove otherwise. The Cyclones will look to counter a defense in flux with what could be one of the best offenses in school history. Iowa State might finally be ...

Hawkeye offense heads in a new direction

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Kirk Ferentz became the nation’s longest-tenured coach this offseason. That hardly meant that the Iowa Hawkeyes have become complacent. Despite a 20-7 mark over the past two seasons — including a very respectable 14-4 record in Big Ten ...

ISU’s Campbell goes JUCO route in the trenches

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — One of Iowa State’s biggest questions entering preseason practice was its defensive line. The Cyclones are hoping to see three junior college transfers emerge as quality Big 12 players as soon as possible. Iowa State (3-9 in 2016) was hit hard by ...

Preece breaks through in Newton

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer NEWTON — Ryan Preece had waited his whole career for a chance to race in a car as strong as the No. 20 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing. Preece then went out and proved what he could do with top-notch equipment. The 26-year-old Preece survived a ...

Schwarber understands demotion

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Slumping slugger Kyle Schwarber said Monday that he’s not surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying “the numbers spoke for themselves.” Schwarber’s October return following a knee injury helped fuel Chicago’s first World Series ...

Hawkeyes are Big Ten champions

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Iowa achieved another milestone in the baseball rebuilding project Rick Heller started four years ago. Drake Robison held Northwestern to one run in seven innings, Jake Adams homered twice, and the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament for the first time with a 13-4 ...

Reunion of sorts at Drake Relays

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — The Drake Relays served as a reunion of sorts for the 1,600-meter relay team from the U.S. that won gold at the Rio Olympics. True to form, the anchor of those Olympic champions came out on top in Iowa. LaShawn Merritt held off Rio relay ...

QB still a question mark for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa opened spring practice hoping that quarterback Nathan Stanley would seize the starting job. The Hawkeyes will open fall camp hoping for the same thing. Stanley and Tyler Wiegers failed to clarify Iowa’s vacancy during spring workouts, ...

Iowa, Iowa State renew series through 2023

Iowa and Iowa State announced Tuesday that their annual series has been extended through 2023, temporarily quelling fears that the matchup could be on the way out. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones tacked two years onto a matchup that’s been contested every season since 1977. The Hawkeyes lead the ...

Hawks hope to energize their offense

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer WEST DES MOINES — Iowa went 6-3 in the Big Ten last season despite an offense that often couldn’t out of its own way. The Hawkeyes are hoping a coaching overhaul can get its attack on track. Iowa (8-5 in 2016) has a new coordinator and running backs ...

Drake is ‘perfect fit’ for Medved

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer DES MOINES — Niko Medved is taking over a Drake program that has proven to be a coaching graveyard for plenty of his predecessors. Medved’s first challenge is convincing the Bulldogs he’s the right person for the job. Medved, who grew up in nearby ...

Important spring ahead for Hawkeyes

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer IOWA CITY — Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz will open his 19th spring camp with a new offensive coordinator who is looking for a new starting quarterback. This might be among the most pivotal springs in Ferentz’s tenure with the Hawkeyes. Iowa (8-5 in 2016) ...