Cyclones draw Memphis in the Liberty Bowl

The Cyclones are heading back to Memphis.

Iowa State, who went 7-5 in year two of Matt Campbell’s head coaching tenure, accepted a bid to the Liberty Bowl on Sunday afternoon. The kicker? The Cyclones will be playing a true road game vs. the Memphis Tigers.

The Tigers finished 2017 with a 10-2 record. On Saturday, Memphis lost to Central Florida 62-55 in double overtime.

The Tigers, who won their last seven regular season games, are a juggernaut offensively. Memphis ended the regular season ranked fourth nationally in yards per play and yards per game.

The 2017 Liberty Bowl will feature two of the top young coaches in America. Of course there’s Campbell, who just inked a new six-year deal with Iowa State. Memphis head coach Mike Norvell, 36, will sure to be heavily considered for a handful of higher profile jobs that are currently open.

Iowa State’s return to the postseason comes after a five-year hiatus. The Cyclones last went bowling in 2012, which resulted in a 31-17 loss to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl.

Iowa State is 3-9 in bowl games.

Check out all afternoon/evening long for complete reaction and coverage of Iowa State’s bowl bid. We will also have updated information on a charter to Memphis shortly.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.