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Cyclones focus on rebounding versus new Big 12 foe with a rich history

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Joseph Dicklin
Iowa State DB Malik Verdon stops Devin Neal of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Iowa State vs. Kansas football game on Nov. 4, 2023 in Jack Trice Stadium.

AMES — Iowa State is looking for a rebound game following the loss to No. 22 Kansas on Saturday, but it will be tough with the opponent the Cyclones are facing.

The Cyclones will travel to Provo, Utah, to take on the BYU Cougars, who are sitting in a similar position as Iowa State. Both teams are one win away from becoming bowl-eligible.

Going to Provo has not been an easy feat for any team that travels there, as BYU is undefeated this season at home with four of its five wins coming at home.

LaVell Edwards Stadium has been known as one of the better college football environments in the nation, and it will not be an easy task for Iowa State to go there and take them down.

Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell praised the amount of history that BYU has gotten in its time in the college football world, and is looking forward to going up against the Cougars.

“To play in this environment, with a program that has so much history and prestige like BYU, is an honor and a privilege to go play at this venue and against this opponent,” Campbell said.

Before BYU came to the Big 12, it was an independent school, not involved in any conferences, as it was known for its national championship it won back in 1984.

Defensive back Malik Verdon had a solid performance versus No. 22 Kansas, as he collected five total tackles, three solo tackles, and believes that Saturday’s match versus the Cougars will be a fun one.

“It’s gonna be a great challenge,” Verdon said. “They haven’t lost at home in a while, especially at night, so it’s gonna be exciting.”

Tight end Stevo Klotz is confident his team can go into Provo and come out with a win.

“I’ve heard they’re pretty good at home and at night, so we’re going to go in there and play hard to try and get the win,” Klotz said.

It’ll be a tough task for Iowa State to accomplish if they want to continue its hopes of making a bowl game, and it’ll start against BYU at 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

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