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Alamo Bowl – Dec 28

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Iowa State Cyclones (8-4) vs Washington State Cougars (10-2)

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IOWA STATE | BIG 12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Matt Campbell

Iowa State Players to watch:

*Junior RB David Montgomery (5-11/222)

Montgomery is elusive. His 109 forced missed tackles were the most recorded by any player since PFF started in 2014.
Photo: cyclones.com

Montgomery was named a first-team all-Big 12 selection by The Associated Press on Friday.  The announcement comes one week after Montgomery was left off the all-Big 12 teams compiled by the league’s coaches,despite Montgomery rushing for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns.

*Junior WR Hakeen Butler (6-6/219)

ESPN Draft expert Todd McShay has said that Butler is a potential second round pick if he should declare for the draft. This year, Butler became Iowa State’s new single-season receiving yardage record holder with 1,126 yards.  

**Sophomore DB Greg Eisworth (6-0/195)

Eisworth, a junior college transfer in his first season with Iowa State, tallied a team-high 84 tackles and grabbed one interception. 

*Junior DT Ray Lima (6-3/310)

Lima has become one of Iowa State’s unsung stars on the defensive line, tallying 33 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.

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WASHINGTON STATE | PAC-12 CONFERENCE

Coach: Mike Leach

Washington State Players to watch:

Grad Senior QB Gardner Minshew II (6-2/220)

Gardner Minshew II’s ‘stache is literally priceless.
Photo: The Seattle Times

Minshew II led the country in passing yards per game (373.1), total offense (381.7), 300-yard games (11), 400-yard games (six), was second in passing yards (4,477) and fifth in touchdown passes (36). 

***Freshman RB Max Borghi (5-10/190)

Borghi appeared in all 12 games, scored 11 total touchdowns, good for seventh-most in the conference. The Arvada, Colo. native rushed for seven touchdowns, averaged 5.3 yards per carry and also caught 47 passes, four that went for touchdowns.

Senior LT Andre Dillard (6-5/306)

Dillard earns his second career All-Pac-12 honor after receiving honorable mention last season. Dillard started all 12 games at left tackle and was rated the top tackle in the Pac-12 and the top pass-blocking tackle in the country by PFF.

***Freshman RS Travell Harris (5-9/180)

Harris earns his first career all-conference honor after appearing in all 12 games, and averaging 27.8 yards-per-return as the Cougars kickoff return man, tops in the Pac-12 and sixth best in the country. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the win over Eastern Washington.

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Valero Alamo Bowl
Washington State 28, Iowa State 26