Freshman Quarterbacks Battle In Ames, Iowa Faces Test In Happy Valley

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Iowa State vs. Texas Tech 9am pregame, 11am kickoff

Freshmen quarterbacks will square off this week when Iowa State hosts Texas Tech. Brock Purdy has led the Cyclones to back-to-back wins and will get his second start against the Red Raiders while Alan Bowman has led Texas Tech to a 5-2 record. ISU coach Matt Campbell.

 

With Purdy leading the way the Cyclones are 3-3 coming off a bye week.

 

Iowa State has found success despite using five different quarterbacks the past two seasons.

 

Texas Tech coach Cliff Kingsbury says Purdy has taken the Cyclone offense to a new level.

 

Kingsbury does not remember being part of a game that featured two freshman quarterbacks.

 

Kingsbury says Iowa State’s success using so many different quarterbacks is a credit to the coaching staff.

 

#18 Iowa at #17 Penn State

Iowa takes a 6-1 record and number 18 national ranking on the road to 17th ranked Penn State. The Hawkeyes will be out to snap a four game losing streak in the series.

 

That’s Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz who says after posting victories in their first two road games they face a bigger challenge in Happy Valley.

 

Kristian Welch will get another start at middle linebacker but Ferentz says Jack Hockaday has returned to practice after suffering a leg injury at Minnesota.

 

At 6-1 the Hawks have set themselves up to play meaningful games down the stretch.

 

#23 Northern Iowa at Western Illinois

The 23rd ranked Northern Iowa Panthers will be in search of their third straight win this weekend when they visit Western Illinois. Quarterback Sean McGuire and running back Steve McShane led the Leathernecks to a 31-14 win at Missouri State.

 

That’s UNI coach Mark Farley who says McShane is also a threat in the passing game.

 

At 3-1 the Panthers are currently second in the Missouri Valley race. Western is one of six teams tied at 2-2.