CY'd Notes

Read the game notes from Iowa State's 32-21 victory over Illinois State.

Injuries:

Mac said that kicker Bret Culbertson had a minor injury in practice last Thursday and that was why he wasn't out there last night. Bret is supposed to be ready for the Iowa game. Deandre Jackson started having cramps in the second half, but it is nothing major.

 

Ball Control?

All eight of Iowa State's first half drives were two and a half minutes or under. That doesn't give the defense any time to rest at all. The Cyclone offense did a much better job possessing the ball in the second half and got better results as well.

 

Upon further review

It sure looked like Jason Berryman got into the endzone on his interception return early in the second quarter.

 

Still has a little QB left in him

At the end of the first half when Iowa State was driving with very little time on the clock Austin Flynn showed that he still has a little QB left in him. After a short five yard pass was completed to Stevie Hicks down to the Ill St. 13, Austin was as adamant about getting the team to the line as Bret Meyer was. When I asked Austin about it after the game he didn't really say anything, but the smile on his face said it all.

 

Nice to have you back

It was great to see Tony Yelk nail all of his kicks. I think the crowd felt the same way. Tony received a nice round of applause when he hit a 25 yarder in the 4th quarter.

Individual Notes:

Bret Meyer's 30 completions are a career-best. Tonight's 30 completions is the second best total for completions in ISU record books. The last Cyclone quarterback to throw 30 completions was Seneca Wallace in 2001 at Texas A&M. Todd Bandhauer also threw 30 completions in 1998 at Texas. The school record is 31 completions by Seneca Wallace against Missouri in 2002.

Bret Meyer's 41 pass attempts tonight are a career-high.

Bret Meyer's 314 yards passing tonight is his second-highest passing yardage day ever. Meyer threw for 345 yards in a 34-27 victory over Nebraska on November 6, 2004.

Ryan Kock's two rushing touchdowns are a career-high. He has three rushing touchdowns in his career, all in the last two games.

Todd Blythe's four-yard touchdown reception tonight his 10th career touchdown reception in 13 career games. This ties him for seventh place on ISU's all-time touchdown reception charts with Lance Young (2001-03), Otto Stowe (1968-70) and Jim Doran (1948-50). In a fifth-place tie with 12 touchdown receptions are: Willie Jones (1971-73) and Dick Limerick (1961-63).

Tony Yelk's 25-yard field goal in the fourth quarter was Yelk's first successful field goal since he booted a 51-yard field goal against Texas on October 18, 2003.

Troy Blankenship's 55-yard punt is a career best. His previous best was a 54-yard boot against Boise State in the crucial.com Humanitarian Bowl on Dec. 31, 2002.

Coach Dan McCarney is 10-5 at night and has won a school-best 46 football games.

Team Notes:

Tonight's punt block for a safety in the first quarter was the first safety recorded by ISU since Jeremy Loyd recorded a safety in a 36-31 win at Iowa on Sept. 14, 2002.

Iowa State is 80-30-4 in season openers and have won the last three in a row. This is the second time in the Coach McCarney era that ISU has won three season openers in a row (1999-2001).

Iowa State improves to 13-6 all-time at Jack Trice Stadium in night games and has won nine of its last 12 night games.

 


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