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UL Monroe at Iowa State
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, Iowa

After seeing its bid for a school-record eighth consecutive home win denied in a one-point defeat to bitter rival and nationally ranked Iowa, Iowa State looks to rebound Saturday. The Cyclones wrap up their non-conference schedule with a matchup against visiting Louisiana Monroe, which has been off two weeks after absorbing a one-point overtime loss at Florida State.

The Cyclones needed three overtimes to hold off Northern Iowa 29-26 in the season opener before falling at home to No. 18 Iowa 18-17. Iowa State's last five games dating to last season have been decided by a total of 14 points, and coach Matt Campbell expects a daunting challenge from the Warhawks of the Sun Belt Conference. "You’re talking about a team that’s got a senior quarterback who has had an outstanding career and played good in his first two football games. A tremendous tailback, an entire offensive line that’s coming back," Campbell said. “Defensively, almost their entire front seven coming back. ... It’s a defense that creates a lot of havoc and then offensively, as skilled as anybody we’ve played." ULM overwhelmed Grambling State 31-9 in its season opener and rallied for 31 points in the second half at Florida State before a missed extra point in overtime spelled its doom in a 45-44 setback.

TV: Noon ET, FS1. LINE: Iowa State -18.5

ABOUT LOUISIANA MONROE (1-1): The Warhawks feature a solid offensive balance with a ground game led by junior Josh Johnson, who rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries versus Florida State after racking up 173 yards and two scores on only 10 attempts in the opener. Senior quarterback Caleb Evans accounted for four touchdowns at Florida State, directing ULM to four touchdowns and a field goal on its final six possessions of regulation. Senior linebacker Chase Day is the leader of the defense, amassing 20 tackles -- three for losses -- and collecting an interception in each of the first two contests.

ABOUT IOWA STATE (1-1): The Cyclones need to get their ground gain untracked after managing 91 yards rushing last week, including 34 from Brock Purdy, who has thrown for 554 yards and three touchdowns while completing 72 percent of his passes. Another focal point at practice this week was forcing mistakes -- Iowa State is minus-3 in turnover margin and has forced only four in its last six games. “Somebody said, ‘You get lucky in turnovers.’ I just think it’s not luck,” Campbell said. “It’s you’ve got to pound away at it, you’ve got to keep driving away at it. Those are things where we’ve been in position to make some of those plays, we just haven’t made them so far.”

EXTRA POINTS

1. Iowa State ranked 10th nationally in rushing defense at 73 yards per game.

2. The Warhawks are 0-11 all-time against Big 12 opposition.

3. Iowa State DE JaQuan Bailey has registered 18.5 sacks in his career, tied for the most in school history.

PREDICTION: Iowa State 33, Louisiana Monroe 23
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
UL Monroe 1-1 L1 37.5 27.0 1-0 0-1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Iowa State 1-1 L1 23.0 22.0 1-1 0-0 1-1 0-0 0-0
Last Meeting
UL Monroe Iowa State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
UL Monroe N/A
Iowa State N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UL Monroe N/A
Iowa State N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UL Monroe N/A
Iowa State N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
UL Monroe N/A
Iowa State N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
UL Monroe C. Evans 66.7 424 3 1
Iowa State B. Purdy 72.0 554 3 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
UL Monroe J. Johnson 36 299 8.3 3
Iowa State K. Nwangwu 10 84 8.4 0
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
UL Monroe X. Brown 11 123 11.2 2
Iowa State T. Milton 10 162 16.2 1
Touchdowns Player TD
UL Monroe J. Johnson 3
Iowa State L. Pettway 3
Quickchart Matchup
UL Monroe UL Monroe Off vs  Iowa State Iowa State Def
UL Monroe 460 yards
Iowa State 287.5 yards
UL Monroe 6.2 yards/rush
Iowa State 2.1 yards/rush
UL Monroe 6.5 yards/attempt
Iowa State 5.6 yards/attempt
Iowa State Iowa State Off vs  UL Monroe UL Monroe Def
Iowa State 440.5 yards
UL Monroe 454 yards
Iowa State 4.3 yards/rush
UL Monroe 5.3 yards/rush
Iowa State 8 yards/attempt
UL Monroe 6 yards/attempt