Here's what Texas Tech first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury and a few players had to say about Iowa State this week.
"[The Cyclones will] be fired up. [Rhoads] does an incredible job motivating those guys. You see that on tape the effort, first and foremost, of what jumps out to you. All those guys play their butts off each and every snap. And that is a compliment to that head coach ...
Very sound. They don't give up anything, and the effort jumps out at you. You have to match their intensity. They're going to show up ready to go, and they're not going to make mistakes. You have to play a clean ballgame to have a chance against them."
Tight end Jace Amaro
"(Last year) [Jack Trice] was on of the best stadiums I've played
at. I thought their team was one really sound on defense. I thought they did a great job of not busting assignments, just being very sound. It was a very exciting game for me because it was my first Big 12 start. They did a great job, they're very well coached, and I've already watched film on them. They did very similar to what they did last year. I know they don't have the same linebackers as they
did. But those guys are still very good, so we'll see how we adjust off that."
Defensive tackle Kerry Hyder
"Iowa State always comes fired up. It's never an easy game by any means. They always come out ready to play. So I expect them to come out with a chip on their shoulders as usual ...
I just remember them getting up on us [in 2011] and us not being able to do anything about it, just kept scoring and we weren't
able to stop them on defense. Last year was a big thing for us to beat them, because they had beaten us the past two years, so we were trying to keep the winning going ...
[Sam Richardson] seems to be really mobile. That's something we've got to think about going into the game ...
They run hard. I heard some good things about the backs. We've got to do what we've been doing, flying around to the ball, all 11 guys on every play. We should be able to bottle it up."