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Cyclones Fall to Clemson in Cheez-It Bowl

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney embrace after the...
Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney embrace after the Cheez-It Bowl(ESPN)
Published: Dec. 29, 2021 at 10:02 PM CST
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ORLANDO, FL (KTIV) - The Iowa State Cyclones were coming into the Cheez-It Bowl lacking their first string running back, their all-American linebacker, plus a couple other pieces.

But, despite that the Cyclones had confidence coming into their fifth straight bowl game. They were taking on a 19th ranked Clemson Tiger team that, like the Cyclones had had problems all season.

The game started off slow and defensive with just a field goal from Clemson being the lone points of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Iowa State responded with a field goal set up by a 34 yard reception from Xavier Hutchinson. But, another Clemson field goal left the score at 6-3 Tigers going into the half.

In the third quarter the offenses started finding their rhythm after a 12 play 76 yard Clemson drive was capped off with a Will Shipley touchdown run from 12 yards out. Clemson held a 13-3 lead.

When Iowa State went for their response on the next drive Brock Purdy threw what may be the weirdest pick six we have seen. Purdy’s initial pass was batted up at the line, Purdy proceeds to hit the ball forward right into the hands of Mario Goodrich who then proceeded to take the ball all the way for the score.

Leaving the total at 20-3. Iowa State would put more points on the board when a Jake Hummel interception put them in good field position. The Clones would go three and out and kick a field goal to make it 20-6 Clemson.

Iowa State opened up the fourth quarter with a 8 play 63 yard touchdown drive ending with a Brock Purdy pass to Charlie Kolar from 8 yards out making the score 20-13.

The two teams would find themselves in a stalemate the rest of the way. Until the Cyclones found themselves with one last chance. With 40 second left on 4th down with 2 yards to go, Purdy took off on a scramble which saw him have the first down, run sideways, fumble the ball backwards, and then fall on the ball a yard short of the first down. Turning the ball over on downs and securing the victory for Clemson with a final score of 20-13.

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