Cy'd Notes

More thoughts and stats from Iowa State's 27-20 loss in Lincoln.

*Special Teams was above average yesterday. Tony Yelk consistently pinned Nebraska deep on kick offs. Troy Blankenship averaged over 44 yards per kick, but had a few low liners that set up returns for Nebraska. Bret Culbertson hit two field goals and both extra points, but again missed a chip shot- this time from the 26-yard line just before half.

 

*Nebraska continued their NCAA record consecutive sell out streak Saturday. The 77,433 didn't appear to affect the offense much, as Iowa State was only penalized once for illegal procedure. Iowa State was flagged four times for 34 yards.

 

*After listening to analyst Terry Bowden, I now understand why he is no longer in the coaching ranks. Terry shares his Dad Bobby's "aw shucks" personality, unfortunately the old coach didn't appear to pass on football knowledge to his son.

 

*R.J. Sumrall caught four passes for 99 yards, both career highs. The Cyclones were led in receiving by Austin Flynn with 100 yards on eight catches. The only disappointment with the receivers was a couple of uncharacteristic drops by Todd Blythe.

 

*Barney Cotton made a great play call in the third quarter. With third and goal at the two, ISU faked the fullback plunge and Meyer hit tight end Walter Nickel for a touchdown.

 

*The Nebraska staff had their own brilliant call early in the third. Immediately after a Brent Curvey sack of Zac Taylor, Iowa State blitzed hard and was stunned with a 70-yard screen pass to Cory Ross.

 

*A couple of surprising scores from the Big 12:

          Colorado 34 to zero at Oklahoma State

          Baylor falling in overtime at Texas A&M     

 

The Baylor game Saturday at 1:00pm will be only the second time this season Iowa State will not be televised. Winning will help keep that trend going.

 


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