The AutoZone Liberty Bowl has come to a close, and it certainly did not disappoint. Iowa State’s first bowl game since 2012 was full of ups and downs and caught the attention of media users across the country.
#LibertyBowl and "Iowa State" both reached the United States trends on Twitter and amassed thousands of tweets over a span of two days.
The first wave of media attention came when Iowa State fans swarmed into Memphis by the thousands:
I don’t want to say Iowa State fans are the best in the country, but I can’t think of many fan bases that can fill up a minor-league Ball Park for a pep rally of all things. pic.twitter.com/7M5dLsVKwD— Ben Visser (@BenVisser43) December 29, 2017
The amount of Iowa State fans that made the journey rivaled the number of Memphis fans who were playing at their own stadium:
Unprepared for this amount of ISU fans, the local bars throughout Memphis ran completely dry of Busch Light an entire day before the game even started:
“Fueled by optimism and Busch Light.” - Rece Davis on Iowa State fans— Jared Stansbury (@JaredStansbury) December 30, 2017
The game itself was a nail-biter throughout, with controversial calls on both sides. Iowa State pulled through and won with a final score of 21-20, which sparked an onslaught of tweets:
Iowa State gets its third win over a ranked team, first bowl win since 2009, first year of at least eight wins since 2000. That's all nice. The way it won this game, against serious late-game adversity, was better.— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) December 30, 2017
So perfect Iowa State wins another road game to end the season and overcame some "stuff" to do it. Great day to be a Cyclone!— Brent Blum (@brentblum) December 30, 2017
Iowa State just beat a ranked team in their home stadium in a bowl game. These seniors went 2-10 and 0-9 in the Big 12 their freshman years.They are now 8-5 and Liberty Bowl champs. Incredible story, proud to be a Cyclone.— Alex Gookin (@_AlexGookin) December 30, 2017
Only Iowa State's 4th bowl win ever and first since 2009. And they did with a no-name QB, and the previous starting QB moving to linebacker and becoming an All-American. Unreal. Watching Lanning and Lazard and those guys hug it out afterwards says it all.— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) December 30, 2017
Thank you Cyclone fans for traveling so great and for all the support throughout this year! I’m honored to be a part of this great team and will remember this special season forever! Go Cyclones! Liberty Bowl Champs!— Kyle Kempt (@KyleKempt) December 30, 2017
The team celebrated hard afterward, even breaking the stage while posing for a picture with the trophy:
While accepting his MVP trophy, Allen Lazard sent a message to Memphis who had turned the Iowa State helmet upside down for a promotional photo before the game:
Autozone Liberty Bowl MVP Allen Lazard sent Memphis a message after accepting his award. pic.twitter.com/BDSICVfnNm— Devin Walker (@Devin_Walker5) December 30, 2017
This victory brings the exciting 2017 Cyclone Football season to a close with a record of 8-5 and Iowa State’s first win in a bowl game since 2009.