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Iowa State edges No. 19 Memphis 21-20 in Liberty Bowl

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Iowa State proved its season-long bid to raise its standards was more than just a slogan.

Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter Saturday, and the Cyclones beat No. 19 Memphis 21-20 on the Tigers' home field.

The victory gave Iowa State (8-5) its first bowl victory since a 2009 Insight Bowl triumph and marked the Cyclones' third win over a Top 25 team this season. That's the step forward Iowa State had in mind when it made ''Raise The Standard'' its team motto.

''The thing that finally resonates in our program is that this can happen, not only with our players but the people outside of our program, that success and winning football games at Ames, Iowa, can really happen,'' Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said.

Iowa State's progress was evident in the way it held on to win after its only lost fumble of the season. Iowa State was attempting to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision team to go an entire season without losing a fumble.

The Cyclones led 21-20 and had third-and-goal from the 1 when David Montgomery fumbled as he was crossing the goal line. As replay officials reviewed the play, Campbell told his players he hoped the call wasn't overturned because it would enable the Cyclones to show how they'd matured since a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to Kansas State in their regular-season finale.

''Coach was out there preaching to us in the defensive huddle this is what we wanted, to show people that we'd learned from what we'd been through,'' Iowa State linebacker Joel Lanning said.

Memphis (10-3) drove to the Iowa State 40 but lost the ball when Riley Ferguson overthrew Phil Mayhue on fourth-and-10 with 1:52 remaining. Iowa State ran out the clock from there.

''It was kind of hard getting the ball out, but at the same time, I've got to find a way to make a play,'' said Ferguson, who went 21 of 33 for 286 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked six times. ''There on the last play, I've got to find a way to make that throw to Phil, no matter whether I have pressure on my face or not.''

Iowa State pulled ahead 21-17 with 4:28 left in the third quarter when Kyle Kempt's pass appeared to get deflected just before Lazard caught it in the back of the end zone.

The touchdown came after a roughing-the-passer penalty on Genard Avery wiped out an interception by Memphis' Curtis Akins and gave the Cyclones first-and-goal.

''I was just playing the play out,'' Avery said. ''I feel like it was a bad call.''

Lazard had 142 yards receiving in his final college game and was named the Liberty Bowl's most valuable player. The only other players to catch 10 passes in a Liberty Bowl were Louisville's Deion Branch in 2000 and Arkansas' Bobby Joe Edmonds in 1984.

''I just went out there today and gave it my all,'' Lazard said. ''I kind of tweaked my ankle a little bit, but I only had a certain amount of time and I'd be damned if I (was going to) stand there and watch the offense go to work without me.''

Memphis had the benefit of playing a bowl game on its home field - where it hadn't lost all season - although enough Iowa State fans traveled to the game to make the sellout crowd of 57,266 a pretty even split.

RECORD SETTERS

Lazard's 10th touchdown catch of the season set an Iowa State record. Memphis' Anthony Miller had four catches for 55 yards and a touchdown to end the year with 96 catches for 1,462 yards, breaking his own school single-season records in both categories.

HELMET HIJINKS

During a pregame event, Avery and Miller flipped an Iowa State helmet upside down. Avery told reporters afterward that he wanted to show that Memphis is his team's city.

Lazard returned the favor Saturday by overturning a Memphis helmet that sat on a table while he collected awards as the Liberty Bowl's MVP and offensive player of the game.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State: The Cyclones held the nation's No. 2 scoring offense to its second-lowest point total of the season despite missing two key players, with defensive back Evrett Edwards ruled ineligible and safety Kamari Cotton-Moya suspended for a violation of team rules. Iowa State's six sacks tied a Liberty Bowl record. Iowa State benefited from the absence of injured Memphis running back Darrell Henderson, who rushed for 1,154 yards this season.

Memphis: Missed opportunities haunted the Tigers. An ineligible receiver penalty nullified a first-quarter touchdown and led to a missed field-goal attempt. One Iowa State touchdown happened after a Memphis interception was overturned by replay, and the Cyclones' go-ahead touchdown came after a Memphis interception was nullified by Avery's roughing-the-passer penalty.

LOOKING AHEAD

Iowa State will seek to go to back-to-back bowl games, something the Cyclones haven't done since 2004-05. The Cyclones lose a lot of leadership as they attempt to replace a senior class that includes Lazard and linebacker Joel Lanning, among others.

Memphis must find a way to replace the dynamic tandem of Ferguson and Miller.

UP NEXT

Iowa State begins its 2018 schedule by hosting South Dakota State on Sept. 1.

Memphis hosts Mercer on Sept. 1, 2018.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 2:21
36-R.Patterson 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
49
yds
02:07
pos
21
20
Point After TD 4:28
17-G.Owens extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 4:28
17-K.Kempt complete to 5-A.Lazard. 5-A.Lazard runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
89
yds
05:46
pos
20
17
Point After TD 13:22
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 13:22
4-R.Ferguson complete to 89-P.Mayhue. 89-P.Mayhue runs 36 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
66
yds
01:32
pos
14
16
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:02
36-R.Patterson 34 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
49
yds
01:16
pos
14
10
Point After TD 4:28
17-G.Owens extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 4:28
7-J.Lanning runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
55
yds
06:05
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:00
36-R.Patterson extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 6:00
4-R.Ferguson complete to 3-A.Miller. 3-A.Miller runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
40
yds
00:16
pos
7
6
Point After TD 13:09
17-G.Owens extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 13:09
17-K.Kempt complete to 18-H.Butler. 18-H.Butler runs 52 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
65
yds
01:51
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 22 17
Rushing 5 2
Passing 15 14
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 7-17 3-12
4th Down Conv 2-3 1-3
Total Net Yards 317 311
Total Plays 80 59
Avg Gain 4.0 5.3
Net Yards Rushing 32 53
Rush Attempts 42 26
Avg Rush Yards 0.8 2.0
Net Yards Passing 285 258
Comp. - Att. 24-38 21-33
Yards Per Pass 7.5 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-29 6-28
Penalties - Yards 3-20 5-34
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 2-2 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 4-44.0 4-37.0
Return Yards 43 86
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-11
Kickoffs - Returns 3-43 3-75
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 3/4 4/5
Extra Points 3/3 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Iowa State 8-5 777021
20 Memphis 10-3 7310020
285 PASS YDS 258
32 RUSH YDS 53
317 TOTAL YDS 311
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.2% 314 2 0 149.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 1787 15 3 145.9
K. Kempt 24/38 314 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 52 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
258 1146 11
D. Montgomery 24 52 0 16
J. Lanning 7 LB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
40 135 2
J. Lanning 6 20 1 9
S. Croney Jr. 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 159 1
S. Croney Jr. 2 8 0 7
K. Kempt 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 -5 0
K. Kempt 6 -12 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Lazard 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 142 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
71 941 10
A. Lazard 10 142 1 22
H. Butler 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 111 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 697 7
H. Butler 5 111 1 52
M. Murdock 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 513 5
M. Murdock 4 38 0 17
D. Jones 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 273 0
D. Jones 3 11 0 7
D. Montgomery 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 296 0
D. Montgomery 1 8 0 8
T. Ryen 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
47 469 1
T. Ryen 1 4 0 4
C. Allen 11 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 39 0
C. Allen 0 0 0 0
M. Eaton 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 208 4
M. Eaton 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Spears Jr. 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 2 1.0
M. Spears Jr. 10-1 1.0 0
B. Peavy 10 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
B. Peavy 7-0 0.0 0
W. Harvey 2 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
W. Harvey 4-1 0.0 0
J. Waggoner 58 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
J. Waggoner 4-0 2.0 0
L. White 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. White 4-2 0.0 0
J. Lanning 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
J. Lanning 4-0 1.0 0
D. Ruth 6 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Ruth 3-0 0.0 0
Ja. Bailey 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
Ja. Bailey 2-0 2.0 0
D. Payne 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Payne 2-0 0.0 0
R. Wilkerson 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 1 0.0
R. Wilkerson 1-3 0.0 0
B. Lewis 33 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
B. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Owens 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
17/22 45/45
G. Owens 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Downing 13 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
66 40.6 1
C. Downing 4 44.0 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Akers 82 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.3 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 20.9 24 0
L. Akers 3 14.3 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 286 2 0 156.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.1% 4257 38 9 161.2
R. Ferguson 21/33 286 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 68 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
157 866 13
P. Taylor Jr. 17 68 0 22
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 230 2
T. Pollard 1 8 0 8
A. Miller 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 25 0
A. Miller 1 -2 0 -2
R. Ferguson 4 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 22 6
R. Ferguson 7 -21 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
P. Mayhue 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 85 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 521 3
P. Mayhue 5 85 1 36
A. Miller 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 55 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
96 1462 18
A. Miller 4 55 1 25
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 536 4
T. Pollard 2 35 0 30
P. Taylor Jr. 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 34 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 148 1
P. Taylor Jr. 4 34 0 27
D. Coxie 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 323 3
D. Coxie 2 31 0 16
K. Jones 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 152 1
K. Jones 1 22 0 22
S. Dykes 5 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 346 3
S. Dykes 1 14 0 14
M. Slade 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 89 1
M. Slade 1 8 0 8
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 145 0
J. Williams 1 2 0 2
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Carter 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 5 0.0
T. Carter 8-0 0.0 0
C. Akins 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
C. Akins 7-2 0.0 0
J. Cook 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 2 0.0
J. Cook 7-1 0.0 0
A. Hall 25 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 3 1.0
A. Hall 5-0 1.0 0
Jo. Perry 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
Jo. Perry 4-0 0.0 0
S. White 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. White 4-1 0.0 0
J. Tate 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Tate 4-0 0.0 0
T. Hart 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 1 0.0
T. Hart 4-3 0.0 0
G. Avery 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 2.0
G. Avery 3-2 2.0 0
E. Cooper 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
E. Cooper 3-1 0.0 0
C. Johnson 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Johnson 1-1 0.0 0
J. Francis 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Francis 1-0 0.0 0
T. Windham 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Windham 1-0 0.0 0
O. Goodson 1 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
O. Goodson 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Patterson 36 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/16 63/64
R. Patterson 2/3 34 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Smith 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 42.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
23 40.9 1
S. Smith 2 42.0 1 53
N. Jacobs 47 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 32.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
26 41.0 1
N. Jacobs 2 32.0 1 40
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 25.0 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
22 40.0 29 4
T. Pollard 3 25.0 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Pollard 1 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
T. Pollard 1 2.0 2 0
J. Williams 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 5.7 9 0
J. Williams 1 9.0 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 IOWAST 35 1:51 6 65 TD
10:59 IOWAST 3 4:36 12 37 Downs
5:54 IOWAST 25 1:42 3 -10 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:47 IOWAST 22 1:38 6 26 Punt
10:33 IOWAST 45 6:05 12 55 TD
2:10 IOWAST 39 0:46 6 32 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:17 IOWAST 11 0:31 3 8 Punt
10:14 IOWAST 15 5:46 12 85 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:10 IOWAST 30 1:55 7 40 Punt
11:29 MEMP 45 7:18 12 45 Fumble
1:52 IOWAST 40 1:27 5 -3
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:03 MEMP 31 1:54 5 13 Punt
6:16 IOWAST 40 0:16 2 40 TD
4:00 MEMP 47 2:07 6 31 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 MEMP 20 4:07 10 51 Downs
4:21 MEMP 29 1:56 4 -2 Punt
1:18 MEMP 34 1:16 7 49 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MEMP 34 1:32 4 66 TD
12:37 MEMP 42 2:15 5 31 Punt
4:28 MEMP 38 2:07 5 49 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 MEMP 14 1:09 3 0 Punt
4:06 MEMP 20 2:10 12 40 Downs