Mac's Big 12 Teleconference Summary

The Readers's Digest-style abridged version of Dan McCarney's weekly Big 12 teleconference leading up to the Iowa game.

On his overall assessment of the 48-20 victory over Ohio

"We're really pleased with our win. We still have plenty of mistakes to get corrected, but we made a lot of improvement in week two. Austin Flynn continues to improve in only his second game as a college quarterback. We're very much looking forward to matchup this weekend against Iowa, the defending Big Ten champions. They've blown out their first two opponents and have a tremendous rushing game going. It's just a tremendous matchup. Everybody in this state should be proud of both of these programs. We're looking forward to the game."

On how much big plays, fate, and destiny have played a part in Iowa State's five-year winning streak over the Hawkeyes…

"You can't go back and pick out any one or two plays in a college football game. It will be a knockdown, drag out, four-quarter game."

On the health of kicker/punter Tony Yelk and cornerback Johnny Smith

"I'm not going to discuss injuries over the teleconference. We hope all of our players will be available and be ready to go this week. Will all of them practice this week? No. But that's probably the case all across college football. Smith is getting some testing done and will do some running today. We're hopeful to get him back in the lineup this week if the doctors give him an ok."

On why ISU gave up several big plays on defense against the Bobcats…

"It goes back to fundamentals, execution, and us doing a better job of coaching. Three plays over 200 yards is just inexcusable."

On whether he would be in favor of moving the Iowa game to the end of the year…

"I like it just where it's at. I'm used to it. This is my 22nd matchup and I like it right where it is. Once we get through the non-conference schedule I just like to focus on the Big 12."

On why there is a perception that this rivalry is not as nasty as some others across the country are…

"It probably doesn't hurt that Kirk Ferentz and I spent almost a decade together with Hayden Fry and have a tremendous respect for one another and a great friendship. It can get very competitive, and maybe a little overboard at times. We try to keep it in good balance. When this game is over the fans should be thankful we played the game and of the two programs we have here in Iowa."

On what was the biggest reason he was able to turn around ISU's fortunes where this rivalry is concerned…

"It started with recruiting. No secret there. We had to get some of the kids in the state of iowa to believe there was another fine program here. Slowly but surely, one player at a time, each one of them believed you can have the courage to blaze a new trail and compete."

On whether a change will be made at quarterback after Harold Clewis was pulled during the Ohio game for poor play…

"I don't believe we will. We're not going to desert any one player because of mistakes. We'll go back on the practice field and coach the heck out of him. I don't anticiapte any changes on the depth chart."


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