Iowa State jumps 11 spots in AP Top 25

They move up to 14th in the rankings, their highest spot since '02

AMES - The Iowa State Cyclones jumped 11 spots in the AP Top 25 poll, after Saturday's big win at Jack Trice Stadium over previous No. 4 Texas Christian University.

The Horned Frogs came into the game with the top ranked offense and one of the top defenses in the Big 12. But the Cyclones didn't allow an offensive touchdown, holding TCU to 307 yards of total offense, with three turnovers.

Coach Matt Campbell says he's proud of how his team has developed a winning mentality and they've used it to beat top opponents like TCU and Oklahoma.

"It's shocking because in our world we don't think so, but we're instant gratification society, but playing hard for 60 minutes, not looking at the scoreboard, that's really hard to do," said Campbell at his postgame press conference. "It's easy to sit up here, it's really hard to do it, but our kids have bought into that. I think it just says about the character of our football team. 

"There's 19 seniors and boy oh boy, it hasn't been an easy road. And sometimes when you come up the rough side of the mountain, I think it really allows you to learn valuable lessons, and when you fall in love with the process the process will love you back."

TCU drops to No. 10 in the AP Poll after its road loss. They play Texas on Saturday. 

This is the highest ISU has been ranked since 2002, when they were No. 9 in the nation. They're also now No. 16 in the Coaches Poll, after going unranked there all season long.
 


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