What will it take for Iowa State to get its first home win over the Wildcats since 1993? Our keys to victory lays out three things that we believe will determine the winner on Saturday. The above photo offers a hint, because we think each team needs big plays at the wide receiver position.
- DO NOT LET A REDSHIRT QB BEAT YOU
This should be the battle cry for the
Cyclones as Missouri's Chase Patton led the Tigers in a
come from behind victory a few weeks ago and Kansas States' Allan Evridge is
another rising young star quarterback who has proved he can throw the ball. What
the Cyclones need is to get more pressure on this kid. The defense has done a
tremendous job in containing running quarterbacks but struggled a little in
allowing the short underneath passing routes to be open. Thus lies the
importance of pressure up the middle. Nick Leaders has filled the role of
superman the past couple weeks but Cephus Johnson, Brent Curvey, and Shawn Moorehead need to help him out and get some licks on this young talented
quarterback. Evridge threw for 357 yards and three TD's against the Aggies two
weeks ago so what Meyer did is good but nothing that hasn't been done before
St. got a
punt block for a touchdown against Texas A&M that kept them in that game.
DeAndre Jackson is steadily improving in the kickoff returns and watch out for
R.J. Sumrall on the punt returns as something tells me that he is going to break
one before this year is over in a much needed time. Troy Blankenship is making
his mark as a punter in the ISU record books and has been the most consistent
special teams player this year. If the weather becomes a factor, special teams
play grows in importance as quick scores will be huge in this game if the winds
are up and it begins to rain.
Todd Blythe had a huge game against
the Aggies and needs to continue that momentum along with the rest of the
receiving group. This game will come down to whose receivers make the big play
and the tough grab over the middle. We could see over a hundred passes in the
game from both teams combined. We all know about the Cyclones so let's turn to
the opposition. The leader is Jordy Nelson, who at 6'3" is the Wildcat version
of Blythe. He has 31 catches for 501 yards and seven touchdowns. That's more
than Blythe in case some of you lost count. He is averaging 16.2yds/catch. JR's
Jermaine Moreira and Yamon Figures had good years last season and are averaging
13.4 & 18 yards per catch respectively. They are close to 6'0" tall and are
speedy as use the crossing routes very effectively. Also in the mix is senior
Davin Dennis who also averages 14 yards per catch. A key player in the Wildcat
offense is their fullback Victor Mann as he only has carried the ball six times
but has 10 catches for 122yds out of the backfield showing that Evridge can dump
the ball off at the last second to his back and Mann gets good positive yards.
All is all each team has good receivers who can make plays. The one's who don't
do it in clutch time will lose.