Cyclone Country

Dylan Montz
I'm a native of Eastern Iowa. Born in Cedar Rapids and growing up in Mechanicsville, stepping into my role as a correspondent with The Gazette in August 2014 was almost like coming home. I'm a 2010 graduate of North Cedar and a 2014 Iowa State University grad. During my days at Iowa State, I wrote for the student publication, the Iowa State Daily and was also an intern at The Gazette in the summer of 2013. I'm always looking for feedback on my stories as well as what you, the readers, want to know. You can reach me on Twitter at @dylanmontz or by emailing me at Thanks for stopping by to check out the Cyclone Country blog.

Blog Posts

OSU speed to test Cyclones

AMES — As Paul Rhoads sat down to watch film in preparation for Iowa State’s next game — a road contest against Oklahoma State — his first note to himself was quickly evident.

“They run very well, ve [...]

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Cyclone rushing attack sputters in loss to Baylor

AMES — Through five weeks and four games, Iowa State continues to search for answers in its rushing attack.

The Cyclones rushed for 127 yards as a team in a 49-28 loss to No. 7 Baylor on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. But take away [...]

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Cyclone 2-minute Drill: Baylor Bears


Iowa State has yet to find an identity in the running game, ranking last in the Big 12 in rushing yards per game (96.3). Baylor has been very effective at stopping the run, allowing just 64.3 yards pe [...]

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Petty leads ‘amazing’ Baylor attack into Jack Trice

AMES — When Paul Rhoads looks at what Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty does on the football field, one word jumps to him before all others: accuracy.

As the starting quarterback for the Bears (3-0) last season, Petty threw for 4, [...]

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Cyclones’ Meyers ‘getting the hang of’ defensive tackle

AMES — Mitchell Meyers was caught off guard when he got the news.

The sophomore walked into the Bergstrom Football Complex on Sunday before the Cyclones’ game against Iowa ready to begin another week of practice as a def [...]

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Cyclones need points in bunches to keep up with Baylor

AMES — With offensive-juggernaut Baylor on the horizon, Paul Rhoads walked into his news conference Monday well aware of the challenges his team faces Saturday.

When he was asked how many points his team most likely would have [...]

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Receiver Medders steps up for ISU

AMES — When Brett Medders stepped foot on the bus to head back to Ames after last Saturday’s Cy-Hawk game, he let all of his emotions out.

He just had to.

It hasn’t been the easiest road for the junior wide [...]

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ISU Notebook: Cyclones take home weekly hardware

AMES — Just a couple days after taking the Cy-Hawk trophy home to Ames for its win against Iowa, Iowa State nearly swept the individual Big 12 weekly awards.

Sophomore kicker Cole Netten was named the Big 12 Special Teams Playe [...]

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ISU’s Gannon: “I realized football wasn’t the problem”

AMES — Jacob Gannon thought he was done with football. He felt the stress and pressure playing the game he loved had resulted in a panic attack and the healthy thing to do was to walk away from the team.

Gannon learned it was s [...]

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Rhoads doesn’t need outside noise to know ‘it’s a huge game’

AMES — It may be a week filled with fans of Iowa and Iowa State engaging nonstop in Cy-Hawk rivalry debates and conversations, but Paul Rhoads isn’t paying attention to the outside noise.

All he knows is what is going on [...]

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