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

Cyclone 2-Minute Drill: Oklahoma Sooners


Iowa State found a rhythm in its running game against Texas, rushing for 179 yards and getting 110 from senior Aaron Wimberly. It will be the stout defensive line up front that will give the Cyclone [...]

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Mangino, Stoops meet again

AMES — Oklahoma’s visit to Ames this weekend has given two old friends a chance to meet up once again face to face.

ISU offensive coordinator Mark Mangino and OU Coach Bob Stoops are quite familiar with each other.

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Cyclones’ Bibbs dominating at tight end

AMES — In the backyard of his Chicago home, E.J. Bibbs usually could be found playing catch when he was a kid.

He spent a lot of his time playing catch not just with the football, but the baseball as well, thanks to his dad, a [...]

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Cyclone O-line coming together, boosting Richardson

AMES — With performances of 37 and 45 points in its last two games, Iowa State has begun to hit its stride on offense.

Part of it is due to the production of quarterback Sam Richardson, the running backs and core of receivers. [...]

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Gadson, Moreno chasing national titles

AMES — As he walked into the Harold Nichols Wrestling Room for media day interviews, Kyven Gadson bore a mark symbolizing all the work he’s put in since last season.

Underneath Gadson’s right eye is a bruised-up c [...]

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Cyclone running game finally finds its footing with Wimberly

AUSTIN, Texas — For Aaron Wimberly, it just felt like a matter of time. Sooner or later, Iowa State’s running game would produce in the way the players and coaches — and certainly fans — expected it to.

The Cyclon [...]

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Cyclones let one slip away against Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Standing on the Iowa State sidelineswith less than half a minute left in a tied game, Coach Paul Rhoads liked his team's odds to reach overtime.

ISU sent its defense back onto the field after knotting up the score 45- [...]

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Cyclone 2-minute drill: The Texas Longhorns


Iowa State has struggled in the running game all season, but finally got a bit more production against Toledo from running back DeVondrick Nealy. The athletic front-seven of Texas can physically impose [...]

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Cyclones moving on from controversial Texas ending

AMES — Outside of the Iowa State football program, everybody talks about last year’s controversial ending in the Cyclones loss to Texas.

The Cyclone players, frankly, are tired of it and ready to turn the page.

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Niang, ISU set sights on Kansas

KANSAS CITY — Every time he hears it, Georges Niang can feel it sting a little bit.

When he was at a camp this summer and the streak of 10 consecutive Big 12 regular season titles by Kansas was brought up. It wasn’t nece [...]

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