ISU Defense Prepares For ‘Air-Raid’ Offense, Bulldogs Face Test With Hawks Defense

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Iowa State’s defense has faced several good passing attacks in the Big 12 Conference and another one awaits in 13th ranked Washington State in Friday’s Alamo Bowl. Cougar quarterback Gardner Minshew has passed for nearly 4500 yards and 36 touchdowns while only being sacked 11 times.

Cyclone junior defensive end JaQuan Bailey says they need to find a way to create pressure.

 

Bailey says it is a big challenge for an ISU defense that was ranked at the top of the Big 12.

 

ISU coach Matt Campbell says there are elements that make Washington State’s passing attack unique.

 

Campbell says Minshew’s ability makes the offense even tougher to stop.

 

Iowa’s defense will need to slow down Mississippi State dual threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald in next week’s Outback Bowl in Tampa. The senior has passed for more than 16 hundred yards this but is also the Bulldogs’ only thousand yard rusher and has added 12 touchdowns on the ground. He will try to solve a Hawkeye defense that gives up only 103 yards on the ground per game.

 

Fitzgerald says the Hawkeyes do a good job of limiting big plays.