Cyclones get first ESPN exposure since ’06

Friday Night Lights. There has been a hit feature film, a best-selling book and a network drama by that name.

Now, the Iowa State football team gets a piece of the action with a Friday (Sept. 16) night contest under the lights at UConn this fall. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise the game to its national audience at 7 p.m. CT.

The Cyclones have played a Friday night road game previously and it was also in the east. Iowa State won at Army 28-21 in September of 2005 and that game was also televised by the ESPN family.

Network TV officials normally choose a few significant games each spring and lock them into their programming schedules early. That was the case for this game between the Cyclones and Huskies.

The match-up between Big 12 and Big East schools – featuring an improving Iowa State program and last year’s Fiesta Bowl participant UConn – got the early nod from television officials.

Having a game on the ESPN family of networks is great publicity for the program. The Cyclones last played on ESPN in 2006.



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