The land slide that is Iowa State Football continues and the Cyclones find themselves in dead last in the Big 12…not just North…the whole thing! Even Baylor has three conference wins while ISU is still stuck with the goose egg. This Saturday is put-up-or-shut-up time for McCarney and his squad. If the Cyclones lose ANY of their final three games, it will be impossible to qualify for a bowl game.
Cyclones Statistical Breakdown
The Cyclones are continuing to have a slide in statistics to accompany the slide in the loss column. This week the Cyclones actually out gained their opponents offensively (ISU-384, KSU- 317) but made some costly mistakes and gave up three key turnovers to let the Wildcats cruise to victory. Alvin Bowen is still leading the nation in tackles per game with 12.89 and Tyrone McKenzie has moved to fifth with 11.33. There really isn't too much to say about the game this week but here are some of the interesting stats:
* 6 Number of sacks ISU's offensive line gave up
* 109th Cyclones' national rank in sacks allowed
* 5.85 Yards per carry averaged by K-State's two running backs
Finally, it should be noted that
when ISU was leading the Wildcats 10-0 in the first quarter, it was the first
time this year that the Cyclones were leading in a conference game. In those conference games, ISU has lost
by an average of 18.17 points. In
fact, the average point spread of all Cyclone games this season results in
This week's challenge comes from
the Kansas Jayhawks (4-5) when they visit Jack Trice at 1 pm this Saturday. This should be a revenge game
considering that the Jayhawks' win last year kept the Cyclones out of the Big 12
championship game. The Jayhawks
lead the overall series 45-34-6 over the Cyclones. Dan McCarney is 5-6 against
The offense is surprisingly potent
and is the motor that runs this team, which is the exact opposite of last years
defensively dominate Jayhawks team.
The offense is ranked 34th in the nation with an average of 378.78 yards
per game, with 207.6 coming through the air (51st in the nation) and
171.22 coming from the rush (29th in the nation). The QB position has been a three way
battle between red-shirt freshman Adam Barmann, true freshman Todd Reesing, and
senior Kerry Meier. Each has their
own style, with Meier being the senior leader, Reesing being the mobile threat,
and Barmann being a pocket passer.
Meier has been hurting lately, so look for either Cornish or Reesing to
get the starting nod. Reesing was
the hero of last week's
This special teams is a decent unit, which has had some success. The field goals and kick-offs are handled by junior Scott Webb, who is 8-13 for field goals (with a long of 43) and averages 63.5 yards per kick-off with 49% of his kicks being touchbacks. The punting is handled by junior Kyle Tucker, who averages 40.2 yards but has had one block. Marcus Herford handles the majority of the kick-return duty (65.7%) and averages 26 yards a return. The punt return is where this special teams has shined, with Brian Murph taking over duties and averaging 19.5 yards a punt with one score.
This game is no gimmie, but is definitely winnable. Offensively, look for the Jayhawks to move the ball effectively by using their run game to setup the pass. Defensively, want for the Jayhawks to surpass their sack average and stuff the run but give up big numbers to Bret Meyer and the Cyclone receiving corps. The special teams will not do much to shine, except in the spot duty of Brian Murph at punt returner. This game is a must win for the Cyclones and should come out pumped up. If the Cyclones can pull together as a team and focus for the entire game, they should come out on top. After the dust settles, lets hope this Cyclone team hasn't had it hope smothered and its role in the Big 12 reduced to spoiler.