CN staff writer Mark Hersom believes these things are crucial to Iowa State getting back on the winning track against Oklahoma State.
ISU needs to establish a ground
game that is slowly coming on if they can avoid stalling drives.
Since OkieState is giving up chunks of real
estate in bunches, like all of those who owned land around
JordanCreekTownCenter, the Cyclones need to rush for
over 200 yards in this game. Greg Coleman showed flashes in the
Missouri game and Bret Meyer needs to run
with more confidence to make him a threat. The offensive line did about the best
job all year in making holes. There was a couple long sustaining drives in that
game but they only led to three points as Kock fumbled at the three and the
Tigers recovered in the end zone. The main factor is playing that way for four
quarters as with left, it sure would've been nice
to run the clock out and not let Mizzou have a chance to tie.
Stop turning the ball over that
leads to direct points for the other team.
In reviewing the replay of the
Missouri game, I felt better as the
Cyclones dominated Missouri but still lost because they need
better ball control. In the lean years under Coach Mac, we knew one thing was
for certain, the running backs wouldn't fumble. Yes, ISU got a couple takeaways
that they scored on against the Tigers, but when you spot a team 14 points and
in the 4th quarter fumble at the three into the end zone, you won't
win games. After looking at a couple plays in that 4th quarter when
Missouri was driving for their field goal, Steve Paris picked up what appeared
to be a fumble but the replay clearly showed that I believe Matt Robertson was
tacking the receiver and the receiver's knee touches down and then his arm that
has the ball comes down and the ball actually hits the turf. That was the
correct call, no fumble.
But, later when QB Chase Daniels
connected on 4th & 8, the receiver is moving forward and falling
down about the 34 yard line and Dobbins clearly strips him of the ball and
LaMarcus Hicks recovers but the far sideline official, (who was in front of the
Missouri bench), comes flying into the screen pointing down and waving him arm
indicating that the receivers forward progress was stopped when it clearly
wasn't as the receiver was fighting for more yards. ISU did not push him back at
all and the ball came loose while he was moving forward falling down. This was
about seven minutes left and the way the Clones were moving the ball, they
would've at least ran a couple more minutes off the clock.
Much like past history, ISU is not
going to get the benefit of the doubt as it also showed in the third quarter
when Bret Meyer clearly scored on a QB sneak but the refs stood there looking
down and no-one knew what to do.Watch the reply after Kock scores and the head official comes over to the
side official who should've made the call on the last play and the side ref
shakes his head like he never even saw the play or knew what to
The offense needs to win a game.
Instead of sending out the field
goal unit to tie or miss a field goal in overtime, the offense needs to win a
game. They played better against Missouri but still did not play error free
or execute to perfection. The deep ball has not been effective for some reason
this year and the reverse could be a better weapon. In that three tight receiver
set up, they almost ran a counter play with Flynn which I would like to see. I
know McCarney doesn't like to run up the score, but if this team could ever
click on all cylinders, I feel we should to put the confidence in this team and
the fear into the upcoming opponents.