No. 13 Iowa State improved to 7-1 in conference play (7-2 overall) with a 23-20 win over No. 17 Texas on Friday. It’s the first time Iowa State has ever been 7-1 in conference play and seven conference wins are the most in program history, too. The Cyclones were able to leave Austin with a win thanks to some efficient play from Brock Purdy (25 of 36 passing for 312 yards) and some timely stops by the defense. The win is Iowa State’s first in Austin since 2010.
Postgame, Matt Campbell met with the media to discuss the win. Here’s everything the Iowa State head coach said during the 10-minute press conference.
On what separates this team from others in terms of being able to pull through in big games…
“I just think that this group, and to be honest with you, we wouldn’t be here without the senior groups of the past. I mean, we’ve learned so much along the way. And when you start at square one, it’s hard to go back to some of the traditional pieces of man, how do you do it? And obviously, Coach Mack was such a great anchor here and gave hope to this program. And obviously, what they did in the 70s with Coach [Earle] Bruce and Johnny Majors, there were some pillars to build on. But some of these moments, I think we had to learn the hard way. And the greatest thing that has allowed this team, and really our coaching staff and probably myself in general, is to put ego away and really evaluate and try to figure out how do you chart a course to become the best version of yourself you can be. I think every group has given us a chance to grow every year, and I think this group’s been able to take some of the lessons we’ve learned positive and negative and really apply them to becoming the best version of themselves that they can be.”
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