at Ames, Iowa • Nov. 12 • 5 p.m. (MT) • FSN
Head Coach: Dan McCarney (11th year)
2005 Record: 6-3, 3-3
Third-year sophomore Bret Meyer has emerged as a quality Big 12 quarterback and is quickly moving up the ISU career passing charts in his first year of full-time duty.
Senior I-back Stevie Hicks is a tough inside runner. He only rushed once in the loss to Nebraska before leaving with an injury. He missed the next three games, two of which were ISU losses, but has rushed for over 100 yards the past two games. Fullback Ryan Kock is effective in short-yardage situations and the 245-pounder has 12 touchdowns.
Player to Watch: Sophomore receiver Todd Blythe is one of the best in the conference. He's tied for ISU's career lead in touchdown receptions with 15. At 6-foot-5, he creates matchup issues every Saturday.
Key for Colorado
Iowa State has given up 29 sacks in nine games. Colorado needs to upset Meyer's rhythm by getting pressure on him.
Iowa State is an impressive +11 in turnover margin so far this season. ISU's mark of 16 interceptions is nothing short of remarkable. Four defensive backs have at least three picks. Still, the Cyclones rank 10th in the conference in pass defense, giving up 232 yards a game.
Player to Watch: Junior weakside linebacker Matt Robertson has been very active this fall and leads the team with 69 stops.
Key for Colorado
First, on the road, CU has to win the turnover battle. Also, in CU's most impressive offensive games this season, they've found a way to take advantage of what the defense gives them.
Iowa State has used three different kickers in field goal situations. Troy Blankenship is a solid punter.
ISU Statistical Leaders
PASSING: Bret Meyer, 269-263-2,114 ,7 TD, 13 TD
RUSHING: Stevie Hicks, 112-505/4.5 4 TD
RECEIVING: Austin Flynn, 43-426, 3 TD
KOR: DeAndre Jackson, 17-444/26.1
PR: R.J. Sumrall, 10-100/10.0
PUNTING: Troy Blankenship, 47-1,994/42.4
TACKLES: Matt Robertson, 69
TFL: Nick Leaders, 11-48
SACKS: Nick Leaders, 5-28
INT: LaMarcus Hicks, DeAndre Jackson, 4
Prediction: Colorado 24, Iowa State 21