Matt Campbell honored by his peers for play call vs. OU

Matt Campbell spent his Tuesday evening in Charlotte being honored in front of his peers. Campbell will bring some more hardware back to Ames with him for one specific play.

Iowa State’s head coach received the USA Today Sports Coach’s Play Call of the Year award for his choice to go for two vs. Oklahoma on Oct. 7 in that triumphant upset victory of the Sooners.

At the time of the call, the Cyclones trailed OU 24-22 when Kyle Kempt connected with Allen Lazard for a two-point conversion that tied things up.

“With that, the Cyclones grabbed momentum and the victory,” read the American Football Coaches Association press release.

It was an online vote that thwarted Campbell to receive the honor edging out Wisconsin’s Paul Christ.

“What a great honor for Iowa State athletics, and really our fan base, to be honored on such a special night here at the AFCA Convention as we continue to lay the foundation of our program,” Campbell said in the release.

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.

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