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Iowa State will play Memphis in Liberty Bowl

Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. (42) celebrates an interception against TCU at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Iowa State Cyclones linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. (42) celebrates an interception against TCU at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa State football’s first postseason appearance since 2012 is set for the same bowl game.

The Cyclones (7-5) will take on No. 20 Memphis (10-2) in the Liberty Bowl.

The game kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis and will be televised on ABC.

Iowa State’s last bowl game was also the Liberty Bowl, where it lost 31-17 to Tulsa in 2012. The Cyclones also played in the 1972 Liberty Bowl, a 31-30 loss to Georgia Tech.

The Tigers are the second-highest scoring team in the country, averaging 47.7 points per game. They fell to UCF in Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship game, 62-55 in double overtime.

Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson is third in the FBS with 3,971 yards passing and 36 touchdowns.

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