AMES, Iowa (AP) Take a peek at the latest Big 12 Conference football statistics and focus on the defensive numbers for a moment.
Yep, that's Iowa State giving up the fewest points and the fewest yards in league play. The Cyclones are getting stingy on that side of the ball, a surprise given that defense was the team's biggest question mark going into the season.
After facing Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, Iowa State (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) has given up an average of just 16 points and 310.3 yards a game in Big 12 play. That second figure leads the conference by a wide margin; Texas is second at 389.3 yards a game.