The Iowa State defense ready for the Liberty Bowl

Iowa State's defense might be the best unit nobody outside of Ames has heard of this season.

The Cyclones held 11 of their 12 opponents below their season scoring average - and half of them at least 10 points under what they normally got.

Iowa State's shaky offense is the main reason why the Cyclones are just 6-6 heading into the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 against Tulsa (10-3).

For the defense, a rematch of the season opener against the Golden Hurricane marks one last shot to show the nation just how strong they've been all season.

Though the Cyclones finished 36th nationally in scoring defense, they did so while playing eight teams that scored at least 31 points a game.