The hits just keep on coming, don't they? After the mistake prone loss against the Kansas Jayhawks, the Cyclones are confined to staying home for a bowl game and in danger of not winning a Big 12 game for the second time in four years. Let's take a look at what the Cyclones did against the Jayhawks.
Cyclones Statistical Breakdown
What did the Cyclones do? In a word, nothing. The Clones managed to compile only 213 yards of total offense, while giving up 403 yards on defense. ISU was a dismal 4 of 13 on third down and 0 of 3 on fourth down. Some other things to take away from this game:
* 6 Number of sacks ISU's offensive line gave up
* 35 Number of sacks given up by ISU this season
* 40 Yards lost by ISU from sacks
week game is probably the most un-important game in terms of national
attention. A meeting between the
ISU Cyclones (3-7) and the Colorado Buffaloes (1-9) will have no effect on bowls
or the Big 12 title race, this game is all about pride. The Clones visit the Buffaloes trailing
in the overall series 13-46-1.
Though this is the first time leading the Buffaloes against the Cyclones
for first year head coach Dan Hawkins, it is not the first time these two head
coaches have squared off. Dan
Hawkins previous team, the Boise State Broncos defeated McCarney's Cyclones in
the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl 34-16.
Offense? What offense? Colorado has one of the worst offenses
in that nation, ranking 107th in total offense (273.7 yards/game),
with 164.6 yards coming from the rush (31st in the nation) and a
pathetic 109.1 yards coming from the pass (117th in the nation). The rush game is their biggest weapon,
junior Hugh Charles having 650 yards this season, averaging 5.1 yards per carry
(only one touchdown though).
Charles gets some help from starting QB Bernard Jackson, who has rushed
for 592 yards (4.4 yard/carry) and six TDs. Too bad
defense isn't as bad as the offense, but it ain't exactly the Chicago Bears
either (uh…before the Dolphins game that is). They average 331.2 yards a game
(63rd in the nation), with the pass defense being the weak link,
giving up 225.5 yards per game (90th in the nation) to the rush
defenses 105.7 yards per game (26th in the nation). The rush defense is so stout thanks to
junior LB Jordan Dizon averaging 9.5 tackles a game (18th best in the
nation). Dizon leads the team in
tackles with 106, followed by fellow linebacker Thaddaeus Washington (93
tackles). The team leader in the
sack department is definitely defensive end Abraham Wright, who has 11.5 sacks
for a total loss of 93 yards (Dizon is second with 3.5 sacks). Even thought they give up tons of
yards in the secondary,
team is solid at special teams because of one man; Mason Crosby.
game all comes down to pride; who wants this win more. The offense of the Buffaloes is
absolutely terrible. The pass game
can't get any worse, but the run game can do at least some damage. The defense is decent, mainly because of
their rush stopping abilities. The
pass defense is hit or miss, having a bunch of interceptions this year, but also
giving up tons of yards in the process.
The special teams aren't any good, with the exception of All-American
kicker Mason Crosby. This