Iowa State with the Big 12’s best passing attack, against defensive-minded Clemson in the Cheez-It Bowl

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State football team (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) will be heading to a bowl game for a school-record fifth-straight season and for the 17th time in school history, accepting an invitation to play in the 2021 Cheez-It Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

Iowa State will face No. 19 Clemson (9-3, 6-2 ACC) on Wednesday, Dec. 29 at 4:45 p.m. CT at Camping World Stadium. ESPN will broadcast the game. This will be the first meeting between the teams.

Iowa State finished in the upper half of the Big 12 standings and had a winning record in conference play for the fifth season in a row.

This will be ISU’s second appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl, formerly the Camping World Bowl (Notre Dame in 2019).

Iowa State has a 5-11 all-time record in bowl games. Sixth-year head coach Matt Campbell, who is a three-time Big 12 Coach of the Year recipient, is the first Cyclone skipper to take five-straight Cyclone teams to a bowl game. Campbell is 2-2 in bowl games at Iowa State.

2021 Cheez-it Bowl

7-5 overall (5-4 Big 12)
9-3 overall (6-2 ACC)

Date: Dec. 29, 2021
Place: Orlando, Fla. – Camping World Stadium
Time: 4:45 p.m. CT
Talent: Dave Pasch (pxp), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst), Tom Luginbill (sideline)

The Lead
Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) will battle No. 19 Clemson (9-3, 6-2 ACC) in the Cheez-It Bowl, as the Cyclones play in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game. ISU recorded its fifth-straight above-.500 record in league play. From 1996-2016, ISU tallied just one winning conference season (2000). ISU was undefeated at home vs. Big 12 teams (4-0) for the second year in a row, and its 11-game homefield winning streak vs. league foes is the Big 12’s longest active streak. 

Key Storylines
-Iowa State will play in its 17th bowl game in school history. ISU is 5-11 all-time in bowl games and will play in the Cheez-It Bowl for the second time (2019 vs. Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl).  
-All four of ISU’s 2021 Big 12 losses were one-score defeats that went down to the final possession. 
-All-America RB Breece Hall is the nation’s leader in scoring (138) and touchdowns (23). Hall announced his intention to enter the NFL Draft on Dec. 18 and forgo his final season of eligibility. 
-QB Brock Purdy owns/shares 32 school records. He ranks fourth nationally in compl. pct. (73.1) and led the Big 12 in both passing (248.7) & total offense (267.3). 
-ISU’s only three-time All-American Charlie Kolar won the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy. He has ISU season TE records for receptions (58) and receiving yards (723) this season.  
-ISU ranks 10th nationally in total defense (310.1) and 34th nationally in total offense (437.4). ISU’s total offense margin (+127.3) is ninth nationally.  


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