Iowa State (0-2, 0-0 Big 12) hits the road for the first time this season at Tulsa (1-2, 0-0 C-USA) Thursday night on Fox Sports 1.
Iowa State andTulsa are very familiar with each other, as the schools will meet for the third time in 391 days. Both teams will wear "Coach to Cure MD" patches to raise awareness for muscular dystrophy research as part of an AFCA initiative.
The teams met twice last season, as the Cyclones won the season-opener, 38-23 in Ames. Tulsa got revenge when the two teams met in the 2012 Liberty Bowl in Memphis ,Tenn., 31-17.
Iowa State won the other previous meeting between the two schools, 27-6 at Tulsa in 1961 to claim the all-time series lead at 2-1.
Iowa State is looking for its first win of the season after dropping a pair of games at home to UNI and Iowa to begin the year. Both deficits were by eight points or below.
Head coach Paul Rhoads is in his fifth season as the Cyclone leader with a career record of 24- 29. He's led the Cyclones to three bowl games (2009 Insight Bowl, 2011 Pinstripe Bowl, 2012 Liberty Bowl) in his first four seasons. Rhoads has recorded a win over a ranked team in each of the last three seasons, the only coach in school history to achieve the feat.
Rhoads is 8-12 on the road in his five-year tenure with the Cyclones. Rhoads has won the first road game of the season in three of his first four years at Iowa State (Kent State-2009, Connecticut-2011, Iowa-2012).
Iowa State tied its all-time Jack Trice Stadium attendance record vs. UNI and Iowa (Kansas State in 2012) in its first two games of the season at 56,800. ISU sold-out its season ticket allotment (over 43,000) on Aug. 12.
Iowa State had its two-game winning streak over Iowa snapped on Sept. 14 with a 27-21 loss, as the Cy-Hawk Trophy will not reside in Ames for the first time since 2011.
Through two games, the Cyclones have had 15 players record their first career starts.
Iowa State ranks 39th nationally and fourth in the Big 12 in fumbles recovered, averaging 1.5 fumbles recovered per game.
ISU is one of just seven teams nationally that has yet to lose a fumble this season.
ISU leads the Big 12 and ranks 12th nationally in fewest penalties per game (3.5).
ISU has the third-longest streak in the nation of not allowing 36+ points in regulation. The last time ISU gave up over 36 points in a regulation game was on Oct. 15, 2011 (Missouri): 1. LSU (Nov. 20, 2010), 2. Florida (Oct. 8, 2011), 3. Iowa State (Oct. 15, 2011).
ISU's defense has gone 22 games holding an opponent to under 40 points, the best active streak in the Big 12.
Quenton Bundrage had 146 receiving yards vs. Iowa, marking the third consecutive game and the first time since 2005 where ISU has had a 100-yard receiver three games in a row: Ernst Brun (Tulsa, 102), Justin Coleman (UNI, 103), Quenton Bundrage (Iowa, 146).
The Cyclones have recorded a 100-yard receiver in four-straight games just one time in school history: 1997 (Ed Williams- 116 vs. Oklahoma State; Ed Williams- 117 vs. Wyoming; Ty Watley- 149 vs.Minnesota;TyWatley-153vs.Iowa).
ISU is 20-10 all-time in Thursday games and is 9-2 in its last 11 Thursday games.