Iowa state tailback David Montgomery was the star man at the weekend during the Cyclones stunning comeback win against Kansas State Saturday night, steaming through the Wildcat’s defense. But far from gloating about his staggering talent and ability to single-handedly turn a game around, Montgomery decided to communicate a very different message.
“It’s all God,” he said following a powerful post-game kneel with his teammates. “I’m just a vessel. I guess you don’t really think about how grateful you are until things happen. I’m not supposed to be here, but God put me in different opportunities to be here and I’m just grateful. I’m happy to be a child of God.”
— CycloneFanatic.com (@cyclonefanatic) November 25, 2018
“Without God, none of this is possible,” he added.
To God be the Glory, i am simply a vessel of what he wants me to do and be !!! pic.twitter.com/VIC4LemVu5
— David montgomery (@MontgomerDavid) November 25, 2018
Montgomery noted that his team’s success is also down to an extraordinary commitment to each other and to the Cyclone’s goals. All the success, he said, could be pinned down to one crucial element – “sacrifice.” Montgomery explained that the team’s dedication was evident in things as simple as “eating right” all the way to “not going out on a Saturday night.”
“It all counts. It’s all details and it all adds up in the end. It’s a blessing,” he said, according to Cyclone Fanatic.
I want to take this time to say to my son David Montgomery I'm proud of you, you were taught to be a leader and to do what's right, dont allow anyone to tell you different, continue to walk in the imagine that GOD has made you to be.
— Roberta Mitchell (@beloved4) November 11, 2018
Quarterback Brock Purdy also had stunning performance, go 7-for-8 through the air for 90 yards and nailing a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
“Yeah, Brock’s best football game of his career today,” Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said after the big win. “Even the (first) ball he throws that gets intercepted, it’s like, ‘Holy smokes, what a throw.’ I mean, the receiver’s got to make a better play on the ball and catch it. But what you saw today from that guy, pretty powerful. Really special. Great poise.
“He is who he is. I think you come back from a rough performance last week and he would tell you that. And to have the character and the conviction to step in there and just keep playing is pretty special. I’m really proud of what he’s doing. We wouldn’t be where we’re at without him. We certainly wouldn’t be in a game where we were today without his performance.”