Iowa State breaks into AP Top 25, looking to improve for TCU

Cyclones host No. 4 Horned Frogs next

Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday. (Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa State Cyclones running back David Montgomery (32) rushes against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the second half at Jones AT&T Stadium on Saturday. (Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY Sports)

AMES — Iowa State was receiving Top 25 votes ever since it beat Oklahoma on the road two weeks ago.

Now, for the first time since 2005, the Cyclones are ranked in the Associated Press poll.

Iowa State was ranked No. 25 in Sunday’s AP Poll. The Cyclones remain unranked in the coaches poll, but they did receive 32 votes (good for 27th).

Iowa State is 5-2 overall and tied for second in the Big 12 with a 3-1 conference record.

Coach Matt Campbell and his Cyclone team dispatched of Texas Tech and its high-powered offense, 31-13, Saturday. Iowa State’s defense has been stellar through four games of Big 12 play, holding teams 10 or more points under their scoring average.

Saturday, Iowa State welcomes No. 4 TCU (7-0, 4-0) to Ames at 2:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2).

Campbell is just focused on is what he can improve.

“My only thoughts are, there are a lot of things we didn’t do well,” Campbell said after the Texas Tech game on the Cyclone Radio Network. “Every game will be a big game if we continue to improve.”

Campbell has repeatedly said that attention to detail is what’s going to win games. Against Texas Tech, Iowa State didn’t have a single penalty and had a plus-2 turnover margin.

The Cyclones will need to not let the moment get too big against the Horned Frogs and maintain that attention to detail.

“We’ll approach it like we did this week,” running back David Montgomery said. “Just focus on us and get better.”

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The Cyclones are currently on a three-game winning streak and a four-game road winning streak that dates back to last season.

This is the first time redshirt senior defensive end J.D. Waggoner has experienced this much success.

“It’s a real exciting game, but more importantly it’s the next game on the schedule,” Waggoner said. “We’re on a three-game winning streak right now, and I’ve never done that here. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. We’ll have another great week of practice. I have no doubt we’ll be ready for TCU.”

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