Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021


Cyclones, Tigers to meet for first time in Orlando


ORLANDO – The No. 19 Clemson Tigers (9-3, 6-2 ACC) will meet the Iowa State Cyclones (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) in 2021 Cheez-It Bowl. Florida Citrus Sports chairman Ken Robinson and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup Sunday on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.


The 32nd edition of the game will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.


This year’s Cheez-It Bowl will be the first meeting between the Cyclones and Tigers and just the second Orlando bowl trip for Iowa State, which returns to Central Florida after facing Notre Dame in the December 2019 game, known at the time as the Camping World Bowl.


Clemson will be making its fourth appearance in the Cheez-It Bowl and its first since 2014, when the Tigers defeated Oklahoma in what was then known as the Russell Athletic Bowl. Clemson has also appeared in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl three times (1988, 1989 and 1992) and won the 2016 ACC Championship Game over Virginia Tech at Camping World Stadium.


The Tigers enter the game ranked second in the nation in scoring defense, holding opponents to 15 points per game. The Tigers’ D also leads the ACC and ranks ninth nationally in total defense, allowing just 308.4 yards of offense per game.


The Tigers defense will be tested by Iowa State senior quarterback Brock Purdy, who ranks Top 25 in the nation in passing yards (2,984), with his 153.55 passing efficiency good for 35th nationally. The Cyclones offense is also paced by its rushing attack, led by Breece Hall, who enters the game with a Big 12-leading 1,472 rushing yards on the season and is tied for first in the nation with 20 rushing touchdowns. Hall also enters the game with a rushing touchdown in an NCAA record 24 straight games, breaking a 51-year mark.


On the other side of the line, Iowa State’s defense has also been one of the nation’s stingiest, allowing just 20.6 points per game (23rd in the nation). The Cyclones rank also rank 10th nationally in total defense, allowing just 310.3 yards of offense per game.


Tickets for the Cheez-It Bowl are available via Ticketmaster by visiting Groups of 10 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.