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Only 50 days stand between now and the start Iowa State football season.

Cyclone Fanatic has decided to count those days down in a new way. 

Each morning, we will bring you a statistic, former player or other tidbit that fits the number of days until Northern Iowa rolls into town on Sept. 3. Somedays (like today), it could be an Iowa State record and others it could be an interesting stat from one of Iowa State’s 2016 opponents.

So, let’s get started on our countdown to kickoff with No. 50.

#50 – Bret Meyer’s all-time school record for touchdown passes

Meyer became the guy behind center for Iowa State almost immediately upon stepping on campus in 2004. The Atlantic native got his career off to a fast start by throwing 10 touchdown passes as a true freshman.

He would have his best year as a sophomore in 2005 when he threw for 2,876 yards, completed 61 percent of his passes and tossed 19 touchdowns, a number that is still good for second all-time in program history.

Meyer didn’t find the same success as a junior when he saw his completion percentage drop to 56.4 percent and his interceptions rise from 10 to 12. That didn’t stop him from tossing 12 touchdowns, then finishing his career with nine more in 2007.

His 50 career touchdown passes is five more than second place Sam Richardson, and is good for No. 24 all-time in Big 12 play. Meyer led the Cyclones to back-to-back bowl games in 2004 and 2005. He threw three touchdown passes in the Cyclones’ loss to TCU in the 2005 Houston Bowl. 

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.