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Iowa State’s Worst Performance of Season Comes in Loss to Notre Dame

NCAA Football: Camping World Bowl-Notre Dame vs Iowa State

Notre Dame took advantage of Iowa State mistakes en route to a 33-9 victory in the 2019 Camping World Bowl at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Iowa State lost two fumbles in the first quarter and Notre Dame never looked back. The Golden Dome offense started sluggishly, but the more often they had the ball, the more they placed their will on the Cyclone defense.

Additionally, the Fighting Irish converted two fourth downs in the first quarter. Overall, Notre dame finished 4-for-4 on fourth down. Notre Dame running back Tony Jones made an impact early, finishing the day with 137 yards on 11 carries. Notre Dame outrushed Iowa State 208-45 as well.

 

Brock Purdy did a fine job going 17-for-30 for 222 yards. However, he was unable to find the end zone. Iowa State entered the red zone twice and could only manage field goals. Iowa State struggled to get their running game going. Breece Hall managed just 55 yards while two other running backs managed three yards apiece. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah was a menace for the Cyclone line. He finished the day with nine tackles, four of which were behind the line of scrimmage. Three of those were sacks.

Overall, it was easily Iowa State’s worst performance of the season. Notre Dame is already being considered a contender for next season as many are talking about their home game against Clemson Nov. 7. Meanwhile, Iowa State will go back to the drawing board. On a positive note for Iowa State fans, the loss should temper any talk about Matt Campbell being considered for “better” jobs. At least for now.

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