So Cyclone Nation, what word did you exclaim as Bret Meyers last pass fell incomplete (and when you saw the replay of a possible interference on Blythe)?
Did you say "rats"? Perhaps "dog gone it anyways". Some Clone fans who had been snacking most of the day yelled "nuts".
Myself, at the end of the second overtime, I muttered *!@# to a lost opportunity.
Despite coming up short at the end
on the scoreboard, it was a hell of a game. But
How many seasons in the past would Cyclone fans brag about taking the Big Red into overtime, especially at Memorial Stadium? The fans would have boasted nearly every year in the past 28, except there wasn't an opportunity.
Give them credit.
In the week building up the hype, many members of the media tossed out their keys to victory. Three of them turned out to be interesting facets of the game.
Before the game we all pondered
It turned out to be a non factor. Ross only had 32 yards rushing, but it was his pass receptions out of the back field, including a 70-yard screen pass and the winning TD that gave the edge.
Greg Coleman ran tough throughout the day and the ISU staff used him particularly well in the second half with draw plays – including the 10-yard scamper to give ISU the brief lead in the first overtime. Coleman finished with 65 yards for the afternoon.
How much change would you have won
in Vegas two years ago if you bet the running backs in a
Both teams came in feeding the offense with turnovers. Each team had a big one, but it was surprised there weren't more from these aggressive defenses.
DeAndre Jackson made the defensive
play of the game with less than two minutes to go in the game. As the
Cornhuskers attempted to position for a late field goal, QB Zac Taylor scrambled
to the right after a broken play.
Bret Meyer vs. Zac Taylor
Both played very well.
The one that got away is what is gnawing Nick Leaders on the bus ride home. The Nebraska native read a screen pass on the first play of over time and nearly intercepted-which would have ended the game the with the Cyclones on top of the scoreboard.
So where do we go from here?
Although it feels like it, it's not the end of the opportunity for a special season for the Cyclones. It's the first conference game and it was at the toughest venue in the Big 12.
All three are winnable games,
assuming the team that played smash mouth football against
A six and one record going down to Texas A&M in late October is an achievable goal. Let's hope the Cyclone players and coaches make it happen.