While building a culture, teaching players how to have success and to believe in what you’re teaching, it’s important to see improvement.
According to Iowa State’s New Head Football Coach Matt Campbell, that’s exactly what happened Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium where he picked up the first win in his coaching era in Ames.
The Cyclones put together two solid half performances enroute to a 44-10 win over San Jose State University, giving Campbell his first victory as the head coach.
“First and foremost, I want to give credit to San Jose State. I thought their kids played really hard. I’m really proud of the effort of our kids. It wasn’t perfect, but I saw fast improvement. And I think that’s the thing that I really appreciate about our team is that we have been improving in the last four weeks.”
Solid defense, spectacular special team play and consistent play on the offensive side of the ball gave Iowa State a 23-3 at the half.
Campbell noted during a halftime radio interview that he was anxious to see how his team would respond to success. He echoed that sentiment after his team won their first game of the season and the first of his career at Iowa State.
“Obviously now that we’ve had some success, can we continue that? Campbell said. “That’ll be the telltale sign of what our football team becomes down the road.”
That road won’t become any easier as the Cyclones return back to Big 12 action against a good Baylor squad next week in Ames.
Campbell and the offensive coaching staff of the Cyclones continued with their two quarterback rotation against San Jose State, with both signal callers showing signs of improvement as well.
Returning starter Joel Lanning finished the game 5-8, 136 yards, no interceptions and two touchdowns. Newcomer Jacob Parks turned in a solid outing, going 15-19 for 165 yards, no interceptions and three touchdown tosses.
“It’s fun to watch them play together,” Campbell said after the game.
“I saw lot of energy between the two, If we can have that, then I think that gives our entire team a foundation.”
Campbell hopes to see continue improve each and every week from his new team.
“It’s all about how they come to work on Sunday thru Thursday,” Campbell said. “If we can continue to work hard, continue to get better and that they can see their hard work pay off. We still have a lot of work to do, but I’m proud of those guys downstairs for believing in what we are teaching them.”