By the numbers: 4 Iowa State WRs account for 24 of Cyclones’ 25 TD receptions in 2017


Iowa State football enjoyed its best season in half a decade in 2017. Head coach Matt Campbell turned the Cyclones around from a three-win team in 2016 en route to a 7-5 finish this fall.

The Cyclones finished 2017 with two top-5 wins, including a road triumph over Big 12 champion Oklahoma, and cracked the top-15 of the College Football Playoff rankings in early November.

For all the quarterback uncertainty Iowa State found at times, marked by the sudden leave of absence from Jacob Park prior to the Oklahoma victory, the Cyclones receiving corps shined over the course of the season.

Four Iowa State wide receivers — Allen Lazard, Marchie Murdock, Matthew Eaton and Hakeem Butler — accounted for 24 of the team’s 25 touchdown catches in 2017. The group finished in the top-10 in the nation in receiving touchdowns by any quartet of receivers.

Lazard, a senior from Urbandale, Iowa, became the school’s all-time receiving yards leader this season on Nov. 18 at Baylor — shattering Todd Blythe’s previous mark of 3,096 receiving yards. Lazard finished his collegiate career with 3,218 regular-season receiving yards.

Iowa State will finish the year with a trip to the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn. on Dec. 30. The Cyclones will be dealt a matchup with the hometown team — the University of Memphis Tigers — in the bowl game.

The post By the numbers: 4 Iowa State WRs account for 24 of Cyclones’ 25 TD receptions in 2017 appeared first on Diehards.

Thank you for reading the Springfield News-Sun and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Springfield News-Sun. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.