Vander Sanden was an offensive lineman on the ISU football team from 2000-2004.
The Inwood native was a two-time academic all-Big 12 first team performer and
won the ISU all-around Academic Achievement Award in 2003. On the grid iron,
Vander Sanden was an honorable mention all-Big 12 selection his senior season
and was one of
First your overall thoughts on
What can I say? What a great team effort! People may say
that the game didn't live up to the hype, but Iowa State came out fast, furious and
ready to take back the state bragging rights. This is Mac's first win over a top 10
program, and I think the first for
Where would this win rank on the list of huge ones during head coach Dan McCarney's tenure? Explain your reasoning.
I would have to say that the Iowa
State-Iowa game of 2005 definitely has to rank towards the top in Mac's tenure
I think this says a lot about
Coach Mac and his Cyclones of 2005.
I think this win could be a pivotal mark on where
It was definitely a great feeling
to see my former teammates run across to the
Nik Moser definitely knows how
important this game is. I am so
happy for Nik, as well as the rest of the 2005 Cyclones on claiming state
bragging rights. This is absolutely
a memory that they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Winning against
How long will the win carry this team?
This win will carry the Cyclones
throughout the season. It will be a
weekend celebration and the team will carry their heads high. Once practice starts on Monday, Mac will
have the team focused and moving on to the next one. I have to say that this win definitely
Talk about the intensity we saw Saturday from the Cyclones. Will they be able to match that intensity even when they're playing a team like Baylor?
The Cyclones' game-time intensity was never close to being matched by the Hawkeyes. This intensity will be evaluated by coaches and players alike on film. I think that there are times that teams play to the level of their competition. Coach Mac will not let this happen to the Cyclones this year; I promise you that. As a former player, you always tell yourself not to be satisfied if you get up on a team big or you get down on a team. There will be games when your team jumps on a team early. You learn as a player to keep the throttle down on a team when that happens so you don't let them get back in the game. You take the heart and drive out of a team when you do that to them.
On the flip side, there will always be adversity in the game of football. There might be penalties, turnovers, or a bad call. What matters is how the players respond to that adversity. Will the players go in the tank and let it cause a domino effect? Or will players rise up to the occasion and attack the adversity and do something about it? Coach Mac always talks about facing adversity in games. You will never be in a game where there is no adversity. Coach Mac will have the Cyclones ready for each game, regardless of who is on the schedule.
This defense continues to come up with big plays at crucial times, Steve Paris' interception and LaMarcus Hicks interception return for a touchdown. Break down those plays and the roles they had on getting the Cyclones in position to win.
defense forced five turnovers on Saturday.
The really put the Cyclones in position to win against a good
When Drew Tate left the game, how did that change the nature of the game?
don't think Drew Tate's exit from the game changed any part of the football game
on Saturday. Drew Tate never
established anything on the offense while he was playing.
thought that Albert
Young had some good holes. He
did rush well over 100 yards. It
was definitely a hot, long day for
thought that Manson looked better than Tate did on Saturday. Tate never got anything established, and
Manson did not get much established on the Hawkeye offense. We are talking about a dominant Hawkeye
offense in the past three years. I
am not taking anything away from
Talk about the improvement we witnessed from the offensive line, the holes just opened up for Stevie Hicks in the second half.
The offensive line definitely found the next gear in the second half. I thought that the offense started off slow in the first half and they were trying to find a rhythm. The Cyclone offense turned their game up in the second series of the third quarter. Stevie Hicks turned his game up as well. He physically ran guys over. He kept his feet alive and driving. The offensive line mowed holes open. There were times when Stevie could choose between two or three different holes on zone plays. That is a sign when you know you are winning the battle at the line of scrimmage.
I continue to see great things out of Scott Stephenson. He definitely has to turn the heads of opponents he is going against. Scott is a player that will definitely have a chance to play on Sundays. He is a physical one, and I can bet you that Coach Mac wouldn't trade him for any center in the country.
I thought that Aaron
Brant continues to step his game up.
Zehr definitely improved from week one to week two. Kory
Pence is a player who is a quiet leader, but he is a winner. He is a blue-collar player. As a whole, I was impressed with the
offensive line play in the second half.
The goal for the offensive line against Army is simple. Start the game how you started playing
What grade would you give the offense overall? Who were some key players for you Saturday?
I would give the Cyclone offense a B+ for their efforts on Saturday. Like I mentioned earlier, I thought they started off slow. The offense really turned it on and showed as much heart, pride, and the will to win in the second half. I thought every player was a key player for the Cyclone offense in the second half.
Stevie Hicks turned it up. Austin
Flynn continues to make his presence known on offense. Scott Stephenson continues to play
physical and dominate his opponents lined up across from him. Walter
Nickel is making his mark on the offense. He is another threat in the passing game
to opponents that defenses have to prepare for. The last big threat at tight end
Can you put into words the high the Cyclones are now on? Is it now tough for ISU to temper that enthusiasm and get ready for Army in two weeks?
Cyclones will definitely be on an emotional high for at least a week. Like I mentioned earlier, Coach Mac will
enjoy this with his team. It has to
be a great feeling going into a bye week after winning against your rival. It gives this Cyclone another week to
enjoy their win. Coach Mac will
have the team focused at practice this week even though it is a bye week. A lot of people like to call it an off
week outside of the football team.
It is not an off week. It is
still a work week. I do not think
don't think the Cyclones will have trouble tempering their enthusiasm. The win on Saturday will just give
Is this a good time for ISU to have a bye-week? What things will they do in this off week to prepare for the Army game?
I think this is a great time for
I think this coming week will be a
great week for Coach Mac to get his players rested. Mac will take care of his team this week
from a physical standpoint. I also
think this is a great week for