Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

The Cyclones are 0-10 when rushing for less than 100 yards under Rhoads

Iowa State fell to Iowa for the fourth time in six games Saturday night, 27-21. Here are some game notes you may have missed:

  • The Cyclones' 59 net rushing yards is tied for the third-worst in the Paul Rhoads (2009-) era.

  • Along those lines, the Cyclones are 0-10 when rushing for less than 100 yards under Rhoads.

  • Iowa State had the ball 14 times. Six times the Cyclones punted, one time they turned it over on downs, twice they turned it over on (two interceptions), thrice they scored a touchdown and twice they had the clock run out on them.

    On the flip side, Iowa had the ball 12 times. Six punts, one turnover, three touchdowns, two field goals. The story of the game? Turnovers — Iowa won that battle, 2-1.

  • The Cyclones were 5-for-14 on third downs, while Iowa was 11-20. Three of Iowa State's attempts came in the fourth quarter adn all three were unsuccessful.

  • Much will be made in the coming days of Iowa's touchdown drive in the third quarter, on the heels of ISU's first touchdown. Nine plays, 60 yards, 4:40 off the clock. Backbreaking. And it wasn't even about Mark Weisman, who rushed four times in that series for 14 yards. It was about Jake Rudock, who found Kevonte Martin-Manley for 18 yards on third-and-eight and then hit Jacob Hillyer for a 26-yard touchdown on another third-and-eight.

  • David Irving, the converted defensive end, forced his first career fumble on a first quarter sack of Jake Rudock. He also blew up Iowa's line on its first play of the game to force an incompletion.

    "He's starting to stand out," head coach Paul Rhoads said of Irving afterward.

  • This is sort of unbelievable. In a college football landscape that is sometimes dominated by freshmen of the true and redshirt sort, Iowa State had a true freshman on the field for the first time since 2011: defensive back Nigel Tribune, who made two solo tackles.

    Scout.com had Tribune as a two-star prospect coming out of William Raines High School (Jacksonville, FL) this spring.

  • You don't often see a coach bench a senior offensive lineman, but that was the case Saturday night with Kyle Lichtenberg, who was on the cover of the game program. Redshirt freshman Brock Dagle, Rhoads said, earned the starting gig at right tackle.

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