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Iowa State lost its first fumble of the season at the absolute worst time possible.

Ahead 21-20, theย Cyclones coughed up the football during a potential game-securing touchdown within the final minutes of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Liberty Bowl against Memphis.

Running back David Montgomery looked to have broken the plane of the end zone before losing control of the football, but officials ruled otherwise and gave possession to the Tigers.

Fortunately for Iowa State, it managed to hold on to a 21-20 lead and earn the victory, despite the close call on the goal line.

The Cyclones made it through an NCAA record 12 games without a fumble during, which tied Northern Illinois’ record set in 2004 and would have had sole possession of the record had they avoided one in Saturday’s bowl game.

Iowa State defeated Memphis, 21-20, to finish with an 8-5 (5-2 Big 12) overall record in 2017.

Refs almost cost Iowa State the game, instead just cost them an all-time NCAA record @SInow/Twitter
Jason has contributed to numerous websites in the past covering a wide range of sports including SEC football for the past four seasons. He began his journalism career as a student journalist at the University of Tennessee where he covered the Vols for the student radio station and newspaper. Hereโ€™s ...Read more
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