Who Dey? — Iowa State Cyclones

Inside, a look at Colorado's next opponent, the Iowa State Cyclones.

IOWA STATE CYCLONES
at Folsom Field • Nov. 11 • 1 p.m. (MT) • No TV
Head Coach: Dan McCarney (12th season)
2006 Record: 3-7, 0-6

OFFENSE
Iowa State's offense has struggled this season, particularly during the past five games, all Iowa State losses. They seemed to hit bottom in last Saturday's 41-10 loss to Kansas in Ames.

Much of the Cyclones' struggles can be attributed to injuries. Five offensive starters missed the Kansas game due to various ailments, including receivers Todd Blythe and Jon Davis and running backs Stevie Hicks and Jason Scales.

Scales is likely to play vs. the Buffs, while the other three's status are day to day.

Playing behind an offensive line that's been a disappointment, ISU junior quarterback Bret Meyer has thrown 11 interceptions and 10 touchdowns.

Player to Watch: Thrust into a starting role due to injuries, wideout Milan Moses has 16 receptions in the past three games.

DEFENSE
ISU's problems on offense have kept the Cyclone defense on the field a lot. (The Cyclones average 28:25 time of possession, 99th in the NCAA). Linebackers Alvin Bowen (134 tackles) and Tyrone McKenzie (111) have responded to the challenge and are the top two tacklers in the conference.

But the linebackers' production hasn't led to keeping opponents out of the end zone. Iowa State is dead last in the Big 12 in scoring defense, giving up 32 points a game. They're also 10th in the conference in both rush (149 ypg) and pass (235) defense.

Player to Watch: Defensive tackle Brent Curvey is a veteran up front and has 11.5 tackles for loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Punt returner Ryan Baum is averaging 16 yards a return, best in the Big 12 and eighth nationally.

Iowa State 2006 Statistical Leaders
PASSING: Bret Meyer 179-319-2,203, 11 INT, 10 TD
RUSHING: Stevie Hicks 10-523/4.9 2 TD
RECEIVING: Austin Flynn 35-424 0 TD
TACKLES: Alvin Bowen 134
SACKS: Shawn Moorehead 7.5
INT: Chris Singleton 2
PUNTING: Mike Brandtner 40.5
PR: Ryan Baum 13/16.0 1 TD
KOR: DeAndre Jackson 11/19.6

Prediction: Colorado 31, Iowa State 13


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