CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa. (KCRG) -
Game: Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) at Iowa State (1-1)
Kickoff: 11:05 a.m. CT
Venue: Jack Trice Stadium
Iowa State Tidbits: This is only the second meeting between Iowa State and ULM. The first meeting was back on Sept. 13, 1980 at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones won, 42-7.
Iowa State’s loss to No. 19 Iowa last Saturday snapped a seven-game home-field winning streak, which tied a school record.
Iowa State’s defense has made things difficult for opposing offenses. The Cyclones have only given up one touchdown in regulation. They’re also ranked 10th nationally in rushing defense (73.0) and 11th nationally in yards per rush (2.15).
Senior defensive end JaQuan Bailey needs one sack to become Iowa State’s all-time career sacks leader. He’s currently tied with Shawn Moorehead with 18.5.
Iowa State has had back-to-back games of 100-yard receivers. Deshaunte Jones finished with 126 yards on 14 catches in the season opener versus Northern Iowa. Then last weekend versus Iowa, Tarique Milton set new career bests with eight catches for 144 yards and a touchdown.
A look at the opponent: ULM The Warhawks will hope that running back Josh Johnson continues what he’s been doing so far this season. Johnson ranked second in the Sun Belt conference and fourth in the NCAA averaging 149.5 rushing yards per game. His 8.31 yards per carry is ninth best in the NCAA. In the Warhawks last game against Florida State, Johnson started for the first time in his career and went for 126 yards on 26 carries against the Seminoles.
ULM returns tons of experience at the quarterback position with senior Caleb Evans. Evans has started 24 consecutive games for the Warhawks, the seventh-longest active streak in the NCAA. Through two games, Evans has a completion percentage of .667, 424 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Fifth year senior linebacker Chase Day has been named the LSWM (Louisiana Sports Writers Association) defensive player of the week for two straight weeks. Day leads ULM with 20 total tackles, three tackles for loss and has intercepted a pass in back to back games.
Similar to Iowa State, the Warhawks have one of the most experiences offensive lines in the NCAA. Coming into this season, they returned four starters that had a combined 98 career starts.
The Cyclones and Warhawks have only met once which resulted in a Iowa State blow out win. The Warhawks haven’t fared well against any BIG12 opponent, compiling a 0-11 record all-time.