This week, I focus on my efforts on my top five upsets of all-time in Iowa State Football history. This list I generated was helped out by Iowa State's media guide. I am hoping that Cyclone fans, young and old, can re-live some of the games that I have listed. Feel free to comment and share your memories on these upset games that made my top five. Sit back, enjoy, and turn the time wheel with me.
1973, hosted #14 Missouri… ISU 17,
This game looked as if it was a
defensive battle. Missouri gained 112
rushing yards to ISU's 223. ISU broke a four game losing streak with the win
over Missouri. ISU went on to go 4-7 that
1976 @ #7 Missouri… ISU 27,
ISU put more than 300 yards on the
ground rushing against Missouri in 1976. Both offenses appeared to be strong and
loaded. The two teams together put
up more than 900 yards of total offense.
ISU finished the 1976 campaign with a record of
1977 @ #9 Nebraska…ISU24, NEB 21…
ISU put up over 275 yards rushing
on the Huskers in 1997, and held the Huskers to a little shy of 310 total yards
offensively. ISU went on to the
Peach Bowl in 1977, and lost to North Carolina State, 24-14. They posted a season record of
1981, hosted #8 Missouri…ISU 34, Missouri 13…
John Quinn was 20-32, with 226
yards through the air to lead the charge for the hungry Cyclones. This team also held Missouri to under 275
yards of total offense. This
Cyclone Football team in 1981 finished the season 5-5-1.
1998 @ IOWA…ISU 27, Iowa 7…
ISU ended the 15 game skid against
Iowa, and were
led by Darren Davis' rushing performance.
The Cyclones scored pay dirt three times with the ground game. This game re-started a competitive
series with Iowa again, which was well-needed in the
state. The 1998 ISU Football team
went on to finish the season 3-8 under Coach McCarney.
This concludes my top five this
week. I am sure it is open for much
controversy, but I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the big games
from the past. These games stretch
from the Earl Bruce Era, the Donnie Duncan era, and the Coach McCarney era. Sure, I don't remember any of the games
in the 1980's and 1970's. I can
guarantee that those wins were big time wins for the respective coaches at the
time. I am hoping that some fans
can chirp in and share some of their memories from those games.