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Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell has been named the AP Big 12 coach of the year.

Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell swept the postseason conference coaching awards after engineering a turnaround in his second year in Ames.

The Associated Press named Campbell the Big 12 Coach of the Year on Friday, it was announced. Campbell, who was also named coach of the year by league coaches last week, led ISU to a 7-5 mark this season — including two wins against top-five teams (Oklahoma and TCU).

Campbell, 38, is 45-29 in six seasons as a head coach.

Sophomore running back David Montgomery, senior linebacker Joel Lanning and senior safety Kamari Cotton-Moya were All-Big 12 First-Team selections. Senior offensive lineman Jake Campos, senior wide receiver Allen Lazard and junior cornerback Brian Peavy were second-team picks.

ISU is bowl eligible for the first time since 2012 and was selected to play in the Liberty Bowl against Memphis on Dec. 30 — kickoff is at 11:30 a.m. (ABC). The Cyclones also cracked the AP Top 25 for the first time in 12 years and climbed into the College Football Playoff rankings.

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