"There's plenty of things to
improve on," said ISU head coach Dan McCarney. "We were real poor offensively on
third down in the game against
"We don't have many big plays in our offense the first two games, we need to start executing and making those plays because we don't have very many. We're capable of making more."
Another point to be improved upon is the Cyclones' kicking game.
"We got some tremendous things done in our kicking game, but the missed PATs and field goals stand out," McCarney said. "That we've got to improve on. Overall [there are] a lot of real positives to build on coming out of the first two weeks."
"I hope our missed PATs are done for the year," McCarney said. "I know we're not going to make every field goal, there's no reason with a good snapper, a good holder, and good protection we're missing PATs. We've already missed two in the two games, that's enough.
"Let's start making PATs around here, this is major college Division I football. Let's start putting them through the uprights; enough's enough."
With this weekend being open for
Army is coming off a 44-7 road
"[Army is] very physical,
well-coached and tough," McCarney said of the Bobby Ross led Black Knights.
"They went down and took the opening kickoff and went right down the field.
[They] executed real good and scored the first series against
McCarney said Army will do some things scheme-wise the Cyclones haven't seen yet this year.
"Offensively they'll trap a 3-technique, we call them wham blocks," he said. "They'll run some option, they'll run a lot of 2-back, some 1-back. Defensively they're just tough and physical. They'd made some adjustments from what their trying to do scheme-wise from a year ago, but they're better. There's no question, they're better."
Last season Army's lone home win
was a 48-29 victory over
"When you study the history out there in that stadium they've won over 70 percent of their games at home," he said. "No matter who's coaching or who the visitor was; so we're going to have to be at our best."
As of Thursday night Jason Scales was still questionable for the Army game.
"We've got nine days," McCarney said. "He's jogging and he's running but that's not playing football. He's clearly getting better at rehabbing, but to go out and full speed football on national television it's a lot more than jogging and sprinting."