Seeley starts, plays well in Iowa State’s 25-20 loss to Northern Iowa

The senior linebacker finished with six tackles -- including a sack and another for a loss of yards -- while playing in his 37th consecutive game for the Cyclones.

Kane Seeley (29) did not wait long to record the first of his 78 tackles last season, making this stop on the second snap from scrimmage against UNI in the season opener Sept. 3.

AMES — Iowa State University senior Kane Seeley started at middle linebacker for the Cyclones against Northern Iowa Saturday night and did not disappoint, finishing with six tackles in a 25-20 loss to the Panthers.

Seeley had a sack and a tackle for a loss of a yard among his six stops, and his fourth quarter sack of a scrambling UNI quarterback Aaron Bailey pushed the Panthers back three yards and forced a long field goal attempt, which was missed, leaving ISU down just 25-20 and with a chance to possibly win the contest.

While the outcome was not what Seeley nor his teammates would have preferred, it was the first snap of the game for the Cyclone defense that will likely be a favorite memory for the former Perry standout, as he was able to take the field and start with good friend Mitchell Meyers. The senior defensive end defeated Hodgkins Lymphoma and worked himself back into playing shape to earn the starting job Saturday. His courage in fighting the disease and his determination to return to the field inspired his teammates to vote him a captain. Meyers finished with three tackles Saturday.

Iowa State returns to action Saturday with a trip to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk battle. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

A dream came true for two close friends Saturday, as Kane Seeley (29) and Mitchell Meyers (58) both started for the Cyclones.
A dream came true for two close friends Saturday, as Kane Seeley (29) and Mitchell Meyers (58) both started for the Cyclones.

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