Washington State vs. Iowa State

Iowa, Washington governors make wager over Alamo Bowl

Now, they go to the Alamodome on Friday, Dec. 28 for a matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones.

-WR Hakeem Butler, a redshirt junior, leads Iowa State in receptions (51), receiving yards (1,126) and TD catches (9). Purdy led a pair of wins over ranked opponents and the Cyclones average more than 31 points per game since he took over the offense.

Iowa State also has a 1,000-yard receiver in 6-foot-6 National Football League prospect Hakeem Butler, who has nine touchdown receptions this season.

Iowa State: Freshman QB Brock Purdy is 7-1 as a starter and his dynamic play as a runner was key to the Cyclones' midseason turnaround. Quarterback Brock Purdy didn't do too much on offense, completing 15 of 22 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

The domed venue should be advantageous for Minshew and the Cougars' offense, which managed 300-plus yards in the air in the first 11 games of the season before the Apple Cup blizzard against Washington (a game the Cougars lost 28-15 at Pullman, Wash.).

Washington State coach Mike Leach's last trip to the Alamo Bowl was with Texas Tech in 2009. He was rewarded for his efforts in the game with the offensive MVP, finishing the night with 299 passing yards and three total touchdowns. The Cougars' passing game is the best in the country as they are averaging 380.0 yards, while their running offense is the second-worst as they are recording just 81.8 yards per game (129th).

The Cyclones will be making their first Alamo Bowl appearance by reaching a bowl game for the second time under head coach Matt Campbell. They played the Drake Bulldogs in a makeup game that got postponed earlier in the year. The Cyclones have one of the Big 12's best defenses and facing a pass-happy team like the Cougars will bring few surprises after facing the wide-open offenses in their own league.

These teams are combining for around 55 points per contest and considering the total of 57 for this encounter, we should expect to see under 57 points here. Tay Martin has a team-high eight touchdown catches.



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