Cy'zing up the Cyclones

Iowa State kicks off the 114th campaign of Cyclone football under the lights on Saturday night.

Sept. 3 in History

 

For Iowa State fans, in 1994 it was a dark day, but it was a banner day for current ISU associate head coach Terry Allen. On Sept. 3 of that year, Allen's Northern Iowa football team, ranked eighth in the NCAA I-AA, dominated Iowa State in Jack Trice Stadium for the 28-14 win that spoiled the Cyclones' season opener.

 

UNI halfback Jeff Stovall pounded out 99 yards on 23 carries and two TDs as the Panthers led 21-0 in the third quarter. Fullback Jim Knott led ISU with 66 yards on 15 carries. Cyclone place-kicker Ty Stewart hit on field-goal attempts of 43 and 40 yards. UNI outgained Iowa State 370-249 it marked the second time in three years Allen's Panthers had beaten Iowa State in Ames.

 

 

They Only Come out at Night

 

Iowa State is 12-6 all-time at night in Jack Trice Stadium and 8-3 since the start of the 1999 season. This will be the 10th ISU has opened a season under the lights in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State is 7-2 in its previous nine night openers.

 

 

Turnover Margin a Key to Victory

 

Coach McCarney has put a premium on increasing the number of turnovers forced by his defense, when Iowa State has finished the season ahead in turnover margin and points off turnover margin, the Cyclones have posted winning records (2000, 2001, 2004).

 

 

Hands of Glue; No Fumbles Allowed

 

Since the 1997 season opener (95 games), Iowa State running backs have lost only eight fumbles. That number by itself may be impressive, but compare it to the big picture, in those 95 games Cyclone backs have tallied 14,610 yards on 3,062 "touches" (rushes, receptions, returns). That's an average of 383 touches and 1,826 yards (1.038 miles) per lost fumble.

 

Tyease Thompson's lost fumble at Oklahoma State last season was the first since Stevie Hicks lost a fumble on a reception against Colorado on Nov. 15, 2003. Iowa State's seven forced fumbles last season came in two losses (at OSU, at CU. Counting lost fumbles by the whole team, Iowa State is tied for third in Division I-A in fewest fumbles lost since the start of the 1999 season.

 

 

No Place to Go

 

Iowa State's rush defense has allowed 139.2 ypg last season, the best among post-WWII Cyclone squads. The Cyclones held Oklahoma State to 189 rushing yards, 144 below its average, on 55 carries. In the Independence Bowl, Iowa State allowed only 60 rushing yards on 25 attempts.


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