Iowa State kicks off the 114th campaign of Cyclone football under the lights on Saturday night.
Sept. 3 in
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
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
They Only Come out at
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
Turnover Margin a Key to
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
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.
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.
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