Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell has been picked as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week following the Cylones’ victory over previously-unbeaten Oklahoma last week.
Campbell and the Cyclones overcame a 14-point deficit to shock the Sooonrs 38-31 Saturday afternoon. The upset was Iowa State’s first-ever road win over an opponent ranked in the AP Top 5 and first win against the Sooners since 1990.
Iowa State scored 25 second-half points and held the nation’s No. 1 offense to seven points after intermission.
Walk-on quarterback leads dramatic comeback
Campbell’s huge win was orchestrated by walk-on quarterback Kyle Kempt, who had attempted only two passes in his career prior to his first start.
“Coach Campbell’s ability to quickly turn around the Iowa State football program and insert them into the college football conversation has been impressive,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “A win over Oklahoma is always big, but to do it on the road against the third-ranked team in the country is remarkable.
“A program-defining win in Norman this past weekend has the Cyclones poised to make some noise in the Big 12 this season.”
Campbell, is in his second season for 3-2 Cyclones heading into their home game Saturday against Kansas. The win over OU was ISU’s third-straight victory on the road, winning three consecutive road contests for the first time since 2004-05 under Dan McCarney.