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1956 Iowa State Cyclones football
ConferenceBig Seven Conference
1956 record2–8 (0–6 Big 7)
Head coachVince DiFrancesca (3rd season)
CaptainChuck Muelhaupt, Oliver Sparks
Home stadiumClyde Williams Field
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 Big 7 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Oklahoma 6 0 0     10 0 0
#20 Colorado 4 1 1     8 2 1
Missouri 3 2 1     4 5 1
Nebraska 3 3 0     4 6 0
Kansas 2 4 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 2 4 0     3 7 0
Iowa State 0 6 0     2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts (later renamed Iowa State University) in the Big Seven Conference during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their third and final year under head coach Vince DiFrancesca, the Cyclones compiled a 2–8 record (0–6 against conference opponents), finished in last place in the conference, and were outscored by their opponents by a combined total of 260 to 92.[1][2] They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

The team's regular starting lineup on offense consisted of left end Brian Dennis, left tackle Oliver Sparks, left guard Ron Bredeson, center Frank Powell, right guard Ralph Losee, right tackle Andris Poncius, right end Gale Gibson, quarterback Charles Martin, left halfback Jack Hansen, right halfback Bob Harden, and fullback Marv Walter.[2] Chuck Muelhaupt and Oliver Sparks were the team captains.[2]

The team's statistical leaders included Bob Harden with 244 rushing yards and 24 points (four touchdowns), Phil Hill with 205 passing yards, and John Scheldrup with 140 receiving yards.[3][4] No Iowa State players were selected as first-team all-conference players.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 15at Denver*W 13–10
September 29at Northwestern*L 13–14
October 6at NebraskaL 7–9
October 13KansasL 14–25
October 20Colorado
  • Clyde Williams Field
  • Ames, IA
L 0–52
October 27at MissouriL 0–34
November 3Drake*
  • Clyde Williams Field
  • Ames, IA
W 39–14
November 10No. 1 Oklahoma
  • Clyde Williams Field
  • Ames, IA
L 0–44
November 17at Kansas StateL 6–32
November 24at Villanova*L 0–26
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1956 Iowa State Cyclones Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/iowa-state/1956-schedule.html. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "2017 Iowa State Football Fact Book". Iowa State University. 2017. p. 149. https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/isuni.sidearmsports.com/documents/2015/5/5/Media_Guide.pdf.
  3. 2017 Fact Book, pp. 112-113.
  4. "1956 Iowa State Cyclones Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/iowa-state/1956.html. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. 2017 Fact Book, p. 75.
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