SPORTS SHORTS: Cotton-Moya commended by Big 12

IRVING, Texas — Iowa State junior safety Kamari Cotton-Moya was named the Big 12 Conference’s co-Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Texas Tech on Saturday.

Cotton-Moya was a key player in Iowa State’s 66-10 win against one of the nation’s most potent offenses. Texas Tech was averaging 46 points per game prior to kickoff, but the Cyclones held the Red Raiders to season lows in points (10) and total offense (306).

Cotton-Moya had two takeaways in the game, including a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown. He also forced a fumble and recovered it. He ended the game with six tackles and one tackle for loss.

Two Hawkeyes honored by Big Ten

IOWA CITY — University of Iowa senior running back LeShun Daniels, Jr. and senior wide receiver Riley McCarron have been recognized as Big Ten Conference Players of the Week for their efforts in the Hawkeye football team’s  28-0 win at Illinois.

Daniels was named the co-Offensive Player of the Week, while McCarron shared the weekly honor as Special Teams Player of the Week.

Daniels led Iowa’s offense as the Hawkeyes rushed for 262 yards and gained 342 yards total offense. Daniels matched his career high with 26 rushing attempts, gaining 159 yards and two touchdowns.

McCarron had two punt returns against Illinois for 72 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown in the second quarter that provided the only points in the first half.

The Big Ten recognition is the first for both Daniels and McCarron.

ISU’s Manning up for Broyles Award

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Iowa State offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tom Manning is one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given annually to the nation’s best assistant coach in NCAA Division I college football.

Manning has helped mold an offensive line with three walk-ons and a redshirt freshman into a productive unit. The Cyclones are averaging 33.8 points and 443.1 yards of offense in their last eight games, and 30.8 points and 424.6 yards per game against Big 12 Conference competition.

The Broyles Award committee will select five finalists, who will be invited to the awards banquet on Dec. 6.

South Hardin falls to Cadets in opener

ELDORA — Iowa Falls-Alden shot out to a 32-16 halftime lead and defeated South Hardin 58-48 in Monday’s season-opening girls’ basketball game.

Paige Harrell and Danae Nelson scored 13 points apiece to lead the Tigers (0-1). Hannah Tripp and Emma Gourley contributed nine points apiece.

Katie Meyer led the visiting Cadets with 16 points. Hannah Redmond, Grace Renaud and Taylor Vanatter each poured in 13 points.

Redhawks roughed up by Jesup, 71-21

JESUP — Olivia Schrier led the North Tama girls’ basketball team with 11 points in Monday’s season-opening loss to Jesup.

The host J-Hawks jumped out to a 42-15 halftime lead en route to the lopsided victory.

North Tama (0-1) was limited to no more than eight points in a period. Shelby McKinley chipped in three points for the Redhawks, while Karly Jans led the team with five rebounds.