Notes from the McCarney press conference

ISU head coach Dan McCarney met with the media Tuesday morning to discuss the Cyclones upcoming game against Colorado. Here are some notes from the mornings press conference.

MVPs for the Kansas State game

 

OffenseStevie Hicks

Defense – All 12 starters.  Mac explained that he says 12 starters because he considers Shawn Moorehead, Jason Berryman and Cephus Johnson to all be starters.

Special Teams Bret Culbertson

 

Game balls were given to Hicks, Berryman and Landon Schrage.

 

Special Teams captain for Colorado will be Schrage.

 

Health UpdateRyan Baum and John Machado are both doing well during their recoveries.

 

Jason Scales may not be ready for bowl practice but Mac did say that his injury is not career threatening.

 

Hicks is doing very well and barring any injuries in practice he will be ready to go for the Colorado game.

 

Colorado – Mac said Colorado is the most consistent team we have played all year.  They have great team speed; in fact, their defense is as fast as they've been in a long time.  Mac also mentioned that Colorado is solid to sensational in all categories and their special teams are just phenomenal.

 

The biggest different between last years game and this years game as far as Iowa State is concerned is this year we know who our kicker is.  We also have a quarterback who has been through the battles unlike last year.  The other big difference is last year our red zone efficiency was absolutely horrible verses this year we have done great in the red zone.  The other difference is that Colorado is just a much better team this year.

 

Mac mentioned that our defense has been very consistent all year and our offense is now catching up and consistently performing well also.

 

Interesting Tidbits – The Cyclones are now bowl eligible for the fifth time is six years.

 

Iowa State help Kansas State to only 12 yards rushing.

 

The Cyclones rushing defense is allowing nearly 40 yards less than the all time ISU record.

 

Todd Blythe is tied for first on the school's all-time TD reception list with 15.

 

Iowa State set a school mark with 37+ points in three consecutive Big 12 games.

 

Iowa State has not beaten Colorado in Ames since 1983.

 

Iowa State's game Saturday will be the fifth of six scheduled television appearances of the season.

 

The Cyclones have won their last three games by a combined score of 124-41.

 

By holding Kansas State to only 12 yards rushing it marked the second-lowest opponent rushing total ever in a conference game for ISU and it was the eighth-best performance in school history.

 

Bret Meyer became the sixth Cyclone to reach 4,000 career-passing yards (4,040).

 

Meyer is currently second all-time in passing efficiency (127.89 rating) behind Bret Oberg (130.91 in 1988-89).

 

Meyer's 318 career completions are fifth all-time.

 

Out of Blythe's 15 TD grabs, 12 have come from Meyer, also an ISU record for touchdown passing tandems.

 

Blythe is also fifth all-time in receiving yards (1,549).

 

Ryan Kock has 12 rushing touchdowns this year, an ISU fullback record.

 

Kock is also ninth on the single-season TD list for all positions.


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