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  Sage Rosenfels threw for 308 yards and two TDs as Iowa State won its first bowl game in school history. AP

Whirling dervish

Cyclones swirl past Pittsburgh to post first bowl victory

Iowa State's bowl drought ended with a victory in the desert. Sage Rosenfels completed 23 of 34 passes for 308 yards and two touchdowns as the Cyclones won their first ever bowl game by beating Pittsburgh 37-29 in the Insight.com Bowl. Iowa State, 0-4 in bowl games entering the contest, also recorded its first nine-win season since 1906.

INSIGHT.COM BOWL HEADLINES
Dec 29 Cyclones swirl past Pitt to post first bowl victory
Dec 28 Game Recap: Pittsburgh at Iowa St.
Dec 23 Pitt leaves for only second bowl game since 1989
Dec 22 Iowa State bringing 571 people to Insight.com Bowl
Dec 19 Inside the Big 12: Heupel's shot at redemption
Dec 19 Inside the Big East: Another unhappy commish
Dec 18 Animated Playbooks: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Iowa State Cyclones
Dec 18 Cyclones' McCarney gets new contract, doubles pay

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Record: 8-3, 5-3 Big 12
Coach:
Dan McCarney (sixth season, 21-45)
Key players:
RB Ennis Haywood (1,237 yards), QB Sage Rosenfels (2,298 yards), DL Reggie Hayward (90 tackles)
Season summary:
For the first time in six years, no Davis brother roamed the Cyclone backfield this season. No worry. Haywood only stepped in and ran for more yards than anyone in the Big 12, giving the steady Rosenfels an excellent complement. From there, ISU's experienced defense provided more than enough punch to send the school to its first bowl game since 1984. One negative: When they did lose, the 'Clones got smoked, 135-44 to Nebraska, Texas A&M and Kansas State.
 
 
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Record: 7-4, 4-3 Big East
Coach:
Walt Harris (fourth season, 20-24 )
Key players:
WR Antonio Bryant (1,302 yards, 19.1 per catch), RB Kevan Barlow (1.053 yards), QB John Turman (19 TDs, 7 INTs)
Season summary:
One of the best-kept secrets in college football is Pittsburgh's offense, which racked up 30 or more points five times. The explosive Bryant and Latef Grim are one of the country's top receiving duos. Where the Panthers have struggled lately is on defense, especially in big games with Virginia Tech and Miami. But Pitt still scored impressive wins over Penn State (12-0), Boston College (42-26) and West Virginia (38-28).
 

   
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