Iowa State Cyclones defeat Minnesota Golden Gophers, 14-13

TEMPE, ARIZ. - In the end, the story was pretty familiar: a bunch of opportunities but not enough points.

In an Insight Bowl game against an extraordinarily beatable Iowa State team Thursday, the Gophers defense forced four turnovers and the special teams converted a 40-yard fake punt.

But the Gophers lost 14-13, because the offense couldn't do enough. Couldn't get started enough in the first half, couldn't finish drives pretty much throughout the game.

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Alexander had a good game. But I really think it was on our defense's shoulders. We didn't do what we needed to do to come up with a win.

TEMPE, ARIZ. - When the Insight Bowl kicks off Thursday, there will be a lot of fans in Sun Devil Stadium wearing gold.

Most of them will be cheering for Iowa State.

The Cyclones' fan base has responded to this game with a bit more vigor than their friends to the north. As of midday Wednesday, an estimated 8,000-plus Iowa State fans had bought tickets for the game. The Gophers are expecting a final total of about 1,900. If that number is reached, it would be slightly...