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1961 Iowa State Cyclones football
ConferenceBig Eight Conference
1961 record5–5 (3–4 Big 8)
Head coachClay Stapleton (4th season)
CaptainJohn Cooper
Home stadiumClyde Williams Field
Seasons
← 1960
1962 →
1961 Big 8 football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#7 Colorado 7 0 0     9 2 0
#11 Missouri 5 2 0     7 2 1
Kansas 5 2 0     7 3 1
Oklahoma 4 3 0     5 5 0
Iowa State 3 4 0     5 5 0
Oklahoma State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Nebraska 2 5 0     3 6 1
Kansas State 0 7 0     2 8 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1961 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1961 college football season. In their fourth year under head coach Clay Stapleton, the Cyclones compiled a 5–5 record (3–4 against conference opponents), finished in fifth place in the conference, and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 151 to 133.[1][2] They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

The regular starting lineup on offense consisted of left end Larry Montre, left tackle Tom Graham, left guard Carl Proto, center Jon Spelman, right guard Dan Celoni, right tackle Dick Walton, right end Steve Sturek, quarterback Paul Sullivan, left halfback Dave Hoppmann, right halfback J.W. Burden, and fullback Dave Clayberg. John Cooper was the team captain.[2]

The team's statistical leaders included Dave Hoppmann with 920 rushing yards, 718 passing yards, and 30 points (five touchdowns), and Dick Limerick with 402 receiving yards.[3][4] Two Iowa State players were selected as first-team all-conference players: right guard Dan Celoni and left halfback Dave Hoppmann.[5]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 16at Drake*W 21–0
September 23Oklahoma StateW 14–7
October 7at OklahomaW 21–15
October 14at KansasL 7–21
October 21Missouri
L 7–13
October 28Kansas State
  • Clyde Williams Field
  • Ames, IA (rivalry)
W 31–7
November 4at Boston College*L 10–14
November 11Nebraska
  • Clyde Williams Field
  • Ames, IA
L 13–16
November 18at Tulsa*W 27–6
November 25at No. 7 ColoradoL 0–34
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

ReferencesEdit

  1. "1961 Iowa State Cyclones Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/iowa-state/1961-schedule.html. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "2017 Iowa State Football Fact Book". Iowa State University. 2017. p. 154. https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/isuni.sidearmsports.com/documents/2015/5/5/Media_Guide.pdf.
  3. 2017 Fact Book, pp. 112-113.
  4. "1961 Iowa State Cyclones Stats". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/iowa-state/1961.html. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. 2017 Fact Book, p. 75.
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