The Cyclones will be looking to get back to winning ways in the postseason when they face Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl. Des Moines Register
AMES, Ia. — Iowa State drew one of the country’s more appealing bowl game match-ups against No. 15 Notre Dame in the Camping World Bowl.
Why? Because, on ABC, with a national audience, playing against a flagship brand name of college football that’s ranked in the top 15, the Cyclones will have a chance show to country what their program is all about — and that it may be closer to Notre Dame’s tier than many might think.
Individually speaking, it will also be an opportunity for the country to see Brock Purdy.
“I feel like, growing up, it’s a team that I watched playing, along with all the other programs,” Iowa State’s quarterback said Sunday. “But to play against such a rich history of a program as Notre Dame is pretty special, especially all the things that we’ve been through. To cap off the season with a game like that is going to be really exciting.”
Iowa State QB Brock Purdy reacts to his team’s Camping World Bowl selection vs. Notre Dame. Matthew Bain, email@example.com
Purdy will play opposite another highly talented, and similar, quarterback in Ian Book.
The Notre Dame senior will enter the Camping World Bowl with 2,792 passing yards and 33 passing touchdowns, plus 537 rushing yards and four more scores on the ground. He has played some of his best football lately, logging 778 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions in three straight wins over Navy, Boston College and Stanford.
On the other side, Purdy will enter the game with 3,760 passing yards and 27 passing touchdowns, plus 265 rushing yards and eight more touchdowns.
Purdy isn’t thinking much about his individual match-up with Book, though. Or much about himself individually at all.
True to character, he’s focused on the team.
“We’re on a mission,” Purdy said, “to set things straight for the season and go out the right way.”
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