Press Coverage: Week 4

Iowa State has reached its much-needed first bye week, and while the Cyclones will endure a slow week, coach Paul Rhoads provided the media with updates during the Big 12 teleconference

Injuries continue to hamper offense

As if the injuries hadn’t already piled up on Iowa State, the Cyclones exit Week 3 with two more players undergoing what will likely be season-ending surgery.

Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said Monday during the Big 12 teleconference that backup left tackle Jacob Dunning will be lost for the season after suffering a ruptured patella tendon in Saturday's victory against Iowa. Receiver P.J. Harris, meanwhile, is likely done for the season with a broken leg that will require surgery.

Those season-ending injuries add to a list that already includes receiver Quenton Bundrage (ACL tear), center Ben Loth (MCL injury) and linebacker Levi Peters (torn Achilles). The Cyclones also lost starting right tackle Jacob Gannon two days before taking on Kansas State when the senior quit the team.

One sliver of good news did emerge on the injury front Monday when Rhoads announced that receiver Jarvis West will be fine. He had exited Saturday’s game early after taking a hard shot while attempting a catch.

Iowa State will use its coming bye week to get much-needed rest.

“Quite honestly we back off,” Rhoads said. “We’ve got three practice days that we’re going, including today, which is unusual for us to practice on a Monday. But we’re going out recruiting at the end of the week and this allows our staff to be around our kids every practice day and then get around and across the nation recruiting.”

Jack Trice set to host primetime game vs. Baylor

After fans awoke early for Iowa State’s first two home games, they’ll enter Jack Trice Stadium at night on Sept. 27 when the Cyclones take on top-10 Baylor.

The Big 12 announced Monday that the Iowa State vs. Baylor game will kickoff at 7:20 p.m. CT and will be televised nationally on FOX. The game will provide a primetime opportunity, which Rhoads said is welcomed.

“[It] is good for our program in getting the night exposure, a lot of television sets,” Rhoads said. “Nighttime can be electric in Jack Trice Stadium. We’ll need it to be facing the No. 7-ranked team in the country and quite possibly the most explosive offense in the country, one that certainly embarrassed us a year ago. Hopefully [it will be] another opportunity for us to take a step forward with this 2014 team.”

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