AMES – Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell was named Big 12 Coach of the Year on Thursday, voted on by league coaches.
Campbell coached the Cyclones to a 7-5 overall record and a 5-4 conference record. The five conference wins are tied for the most in school history.
Iowa State had two wins over top-5 teams this season. The Cyclones upset No. 3 Oklahoma on the road with backup quarterback Kyle Kempt at the helm. Kempt had only thrown two passes in his career prior to the game.
Two weeks later, Iowa State upset No. 5 TCU in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State and Auburn are the only schools to beat two top-5 teams this season.
Campbell’s performance had Iowa State ranked in every major poll, including a stint in the College Football Playoffs rankings. The Cyclones are bowl eligible for the first time since 2012.
Iowa State led the Big 12 and was ninth in the nation in turnover margin at +11 and Iowa State was the only school in FBS history to not lose a fumble throughout the season.
The second-year coach was rewarded with a new contract on Monday that pays him $3.5 million per year for six years.
Iowa State also had 20 players named to the First-Team All-Big 12, Second-Team All-Big 12 or were honorable mentions.
The first team consisted of receiver Allen Lazard, safety Kamari Cotton-Moya and running back David Montgomery. The second team had linebacker Joel Lanning, defensive end J.D. Waggoner, offensive lineman Jake Campos, cornerback Brian Peavy and tight end Chase Allen.