Cyclone Country

Dylan Montz

I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.





Iowa State, Matt Campbell agree to new contract

AMES - Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell agreed to a new six-year contract worth $22.5 million last night, according to a release from the Iowa State athletic department.

The new contract pays Campbell $3.5 million per year, up from $2.1 m ... »

Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock makes his presence known in red zone

AMES - When Iowa State gets into the red zone, receiver Marchie Mudock's mindset changes.

It's time to get into the end zone, it's time to score.

The Illinois transfer has had a breakout season for the Cyclones. One out of every four passes ... »

Iowa State unveils helmets with new secondary logo

A Cyclone decal is back on the Iowa State football team's helmets - an alternate helmet, that is.

Iowa State released the image of a new cardinal helmet with a new secondary logo prior to its game Thursday against Texas.

In a release, ISU sa ... »

Iowa State football aims to eliminate second-quarter lapses during bye week

AKRON, Ohio - The culture change Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell is trying to enact can be described, in its simplest form, as a two-part plan.

Wins, of course, are what teams are measured by from an outside perspective. Iowa State ... »

Iowa State football notes: Joel Lanning coming ‘into his own’ at linebacker

AKRON, Ohio - The scrapes up and down his arm and across the side of his neck are a sign things are different.

Iowa State senior Joel Lanning really is a linebacker.

"I felt a lot more comfortable with what I was doing and what I was see ... »

Iowa State football not satisfied with 41-14 win at Akron

AKRON, Ohio - If you do a surface-level examination of the Iowa State football team, it had a pretty good day against Akron.

It crossed the 40-point threshold in its third-straight game to start a season - something it hadn't done since 1976 - and ... »

2-Minute Drill: Iowa State Cyclones at Akron Zips

Breaking down Iowa State football's road trip to Akron (11 a.m. Saturday, CBS Sports Network).


Iowa State rush offense vs. Akron rush defense

David Montgomery has been a serious upgrade at running back. Without getting into h ... »

Iowa State’s Matt Campbell prepared for challenges of Akron road trip

AMES - Matt Campbell knows both sides.

The second-year Iowa State coach has led midlevel football programs to wins against Power 5 programs and has lost to an FCS school in a span of two years.

When Iowa State plays at Akron on Saturday, he' ... »

Iowa State's Carson Lensing has been a Cyclone from 'day one'

AMES - Just two months before he was supposed to sign a national letter of intent to play football at Iowa State, Carson Lensing had to start from scratch.

In the second to last week of November of 2015, former Cyclones Coach Paul Rhoads was fir ... »

Iowa State football notes: Matt Campbell eager for next game

AMES - Matt Campbell isn't getting caught up in the logistics of where or who his Iowa State football team will play its next game.

The only piece he wishes he could change is when it's played. Coming up short against Iowa doesn't have him disco ... »