Another sports year in the books with the close of 2017, and as with most sports years, they end with exciting college football bowls. The appetizer for the main course was this week, with several great games (especially if you are a fan of the Big 10). The Big 12 also scored several key victories, including an upset over #20 Memphis Tigers at the hands of the Iowa State Cyclones in the Liberty Bowl. The Cyclones enjoyed a resurgence this year due in large part to veteran leadership. Perhaps none more important that WR Allen Lazard. The senior went out with his best game of the year, notching 10 catches for 142 yards and a TD. Perhaps more impressive was that his longest catch was only 22 yards, meaning he was consistently finding the second level and pulling in clutch catches, usually in traffic, to move the chains. In a defensive struggle, each catch mattered and Iowa State notched their first bowl victory since 2009 by the score of 21-20. Lazard should get a lot of NFL attention and he is our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
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