Iowa State RB David Montgomery leads the nation in missed tackles forced

If the goal is to tackle Iowa State’s David Montgomery, good luck.

With the first eight weeks of the regular season now in the rearview, the Cyclones star running back as been a key cog in Iowa State’s offensive attack, rushing for 642 yards and 8 touchdowns on 131 carriers.

More impressively, though, he’s made more would-be tacklers miss more frequently than literally anyone else in college football, as his 63 missed tackles forced tops the entire nation, per Pro Football Focus.

Nine of those missed tackles forced came last weekend’s 31-13 road win over Texas Tech, in which Montgomery ripped off a season-high 164 yards on 28 attempts.

Thanks in large part to Montgomery’s overall contributions and 63 missed tackles forced this season, the 5-2 Cyclones are enjoying their first AP Top 25 ranking since 2005 and best start through seven games since 2002.

The road ahead won’t get any easier, though, as Iowa State will begin a three-game stretch against ranked foes starting next week against No. 4 TCU. With just one more win needed for the Cyclones to secure their first bowl berth since 2012, it’s safe to say Matt Campbell and Iowa State can certainly use much more of Montgomery’s ability to make defenders miss.

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