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2018 Schedule
8-5, 4th in Big 12
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14dAdam Rittenberg

Iowa State QB Kempt eligible for sixth year

Iowa State QB Kyle Kempt, a walk-on who became the Cyclones' starter last season, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA because of circumstances around his transfer from Oregon State.

Jake Trotter ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State coach Matt Campbell isn't ruling out the possibility that QB Kyle Kempt could return in 2018, he told the Des Moines Register on Monday. Kempt was a senior year but is asking the NCAA for another season of eligibility. Iowa State is arguing that not playing at Oregon State and Hutchinson Community College should equate to another year. The Cyclones went 5-3 with Kempt as the starter, including top 5 wins over OU and TCU.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Northwestern has officially hired Lou Ayeni as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. On this first day that FBS programs are allowed to add a 10th assistant coach, Ayeni leaves his role at Iowa State, where he worked for four seasons -- the past two under Matt Campbell as associate head coach and running game coordinator. Ayeni played running back and safety at Northwestern and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the Big Ten school. Veteran Matt MacPherson moves for the Wildcats to special teams coordinator and cornerbacks coach under Pat Fitzgerald.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Source: Northwestern is hiring Iowa State's Louis Ayeni as running backs coach. Ayeni, who played running back at Northwestern, coached the backs and served as associate head coach at Iowa State. Yahoo first reported the move. Strong hire for Pat Fitzgerald.

Iowa State dispatches Memphis in Liberty Bowl (0:37)

Iowa State edges No. 19 Memphis 21-20 in Liberty Bowl

Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter Saturday, and the Cyclones beat No. 19 Memphis 21-20 on the Tigers' home field.

Campbell proud to send out seniors with a win (0:56)
Lazard sets Liberty Bowl record with 10 receptions (1:12)
Lanning after Cyclones' Liberty Bowl victory (1:35)

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

What a moment for Iowa State and coach Matt Campbell to cap an 8-5 season with a bowl victory, 21-20 over Memphis. Iowa State has a memorable group of seniors — notably Joel Lanning and Allen Lazard, who are almost impossible to replace. But they put the Cyclones on a good track with the program's first postseason win since 2009.

Lazard works tip drill to perfection for Iowa State TD (0:56)
Campbell impressed with his defense in first half (0:45)
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74dJake Trotter

ISU's ex-starting QB Jacob Park asks for release

Jacob Park, who started this season as Iowa State's starting quarterback, has asked to be released from the program. Park went on indefinite leave in October, citing a struggle to balance football, school and fatherhood.

Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Iowa State locked up coach Matt Campbell on Monday with a new six-year deal worth $3.5 million annually, up from $2.1 million. Campbell, in his second season, guided the Cyclones to seven wins, including victories over Oklahoma and TCU. The former Toledo coach had said repeatedly that he planned to stay in Ames. ISU also announced that it would increase the money paid to Campbell assistants by $1 million annually.

Iowa State's Butler grabs 3-yard TD (0:19)
Murdock reels in 9-yard TD (0:24)