On Campus: Obscure Cyclone Trivia 101

Who doesn't love finals week? It is a time where everybody on campus crams for hours in hopes that they pass a couple of tests that they won't remember a few weeks down the road. I love Iowa State more than most, but I am a bit disturbed by the class selection opportunities at this fine institution.

Courses such as "Advanced Insect Pest Management" and "History of Women in the Ancient Mediterranean World" are just a couple of the hundreds of immense educational opportunities at ISU. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure the history of women living across the globe a couple thousand years ago is deeply invigorating.


Yet there is still one class that is conspicuously absent from the oversized ISU Catalog.  Nowhere in the 400 page catalog will you discover a course dedicated to any realm of ISU sports knowledge. My goal is to get this to change. After all, my recollection of obscure Cyclone facts has proved more valuable in my life than any Political Science class I have ever taken. With that said, I took it upon myself to develop a curriculum for this potential class.


Without further ado, here is the Final Exam for Obscure Cyclone Trivia 101 with Professor Blum. This is not an open book test and the use of Google is strictly forbidden. You have 20 minutes to finish the test. There are 100 possible points. Good luck. 


The answers follow the questions.





  1. Who was the last Cyclone ball-carrier to gain 200 yards in a game? Against whom? (2 points)


  1. Troy Davis was drafted by which team? (2 points)


  1. True/False: Larry Eustachy defeated a ranked team in his first season. (2 points)



  1. Tim Floyd's final game at ISU was against which team? (2 points)


  1. Who is the last Cyclone to return a fumble for a Touchdown? (2 points)



  1. Name the last team ISU played in the NCAA tournament. (3 points)


  1. Jamaal Tinsley was drafted by which team? (4 points)


  1. The last JUCO transfer to lead ISU in scoring was who? (Hint: he did in his senior year, not his junior year)  (4 points)


  1. Name one of the two team captains in Tim Floyd's final year in 97-98. (5 points)


  1. Former Cyclone guard Marcus Jefferson transferred from what school? (5 points)



  1. What is the only Big 12 team Wayne Morgan never defeated? (5 points)


  1. What were the other three teams along with ISU in the 2004 NIT semis? (6 points)



  1. What were the names of ISU's last two seven footers? (6 points)


  1. Who was Johnny Orr's final NCAA tournament win against? (6 points)


  1. Name the three teams ISU beat in order to claim the final Big 8 tournament. (6 points)


16. Name the three players picked before Macrus Fizer in the 2000 NBA draft. (6 points)



17Name the five other recruits in Jake Sullivan's recruiting class. ( 8 points)




18. What is the name and nickname of the school Tim Floyd coached at before he came to ISU? (8 points)


  1. Name the four other Heisman finalists along with Troy Davis on the 1996 ballot. (8 points)



20. The 2000-2001 Cyclones had five players average double figures. Name them. (10 points)






  1. Ennis Haywood had 219 yards against Ohio on September 22, 2001.
  2. New Orleans Saints.
  3. False. Larry didn't defeat a ranked team until he beat #12 Kansas on January 29, 2000. Almost 17 months after he took the ISU job.
  4. Missouri. The Cyclones lost 74-55 to the Tigers in the first round of the 1998 Big 12 tournament.
  5. Steve "Greedy" Paris. Paris took a Lawrence Vickers fumble 66 yards against CU in the tornado game in 2005. Brent Curvey had a 66 yard INT TD in the same game. ISU had zero defensive touchdowns in 2006.
  6. This is a lay-up and North Carolina definitely had their fair share of lay-ups.
  7. Atlanta. He was picked by the Hawks with the 27th pick and then later traded to Indiana on draft night.
  8. Tyray Pearson. Tyray led ISU in scoring during the 2001-2002 year when he put up 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds.
  9. Brad Johnson and Matt Knoll.
  10. Providence.
  11. Trick question. He defeated every Big 12 team at least once. Larry Eustachy defeated every Big 12 team in one season in 2000.
  12. Rutgers, Michigan and Oregon. Michigan won the final over Rutgers 62-55.
  13. Andrew Skoglund and Chris Alexander. Alexander is the forgotten 7-footer for most. He joined ISU at the end of the fall semester in 2002. He played in nine game at ISU, including a 25 point performance against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in his second game. But left the team only a month later for personal reasons. He spent last season as a member of the Gary, Indiana Steelheads of the USBL. Yes, I have way too much time on my hands to look that up.
  14. UNC-Charlotte. Orr's Cyclones defeated the 49ers 76-74 in Worcester, Mass. in 1992 before losing to Kentucky two days later. Orr made the tourney the next year as his Cyclones lost to UCLA 81-70 and he failed to make the big dance in his final season.
  15. Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas. ISU won the three games by a combined seven points and never scored more than 62 points in any game.
  16. Kenyon Martin, Stromile Swift, Darius Miles.
  17. Shane Power, Andrew Skoglund, Tyray Pearson, Omar Bynum and Zach Fortune.
  18. New Orleans Privateers.
  19. Danny Wuerffel, Jake Plummer, Warrick Dunn, Orlando Pace.
  20. Jamaal Tinsley (14.3 PPG) Martin Rancik (13.2 PPG) Jake Sullivan (11.4 PPG) Kantrail Horton (10.7 PPG) Paul Shirley (10.0 PPG)



Congrats to everyone who made it all the way through without banging their head on a sharp object. Someday the history of ISU athletics will be taught at Iowa State and we will all get an easy A. A guy can dream can't he? Until then, I'm off to take a worthless test on 1996 Telecommunications Act. I'm writing in Jacy Holloway's name for one of the answers in an act of protest. Wish me luck. 


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