Dan McCarney Teleconference Highlights

Iowa State coach Dan McCarney spoke with the conference media Monday morning via teleconference after his Cyclones climbed four more spots in the AP poll to 11th after spending Saturday at home enjoying a bye week. Here are some of the highlights.

Opening comments:

"We were pleased with the work that we got done last week in our open week, as far as practices, weightlifting, academic emphasis and getting everybody rested up a little bit. We play a 13-game season, which is the longest in Iowa State history, so we're trying to be smart about our approach."

"We're hosting an outstanding Texas Tech team coming in here and they're about as hot offensively as anybody in the country. They've scored 48, 49 and 48 points in their last three games and two of those were against ranked teams. It's a Homecoming game for us and a national TV audience and great exposure."

"Kliff Kingsbury and Wes Welker were very deserving of Big 12 players of the week. Texas Tech is just scary offensively right now watching them on tape. I don't know if I've seen a quarterback throwing with more consistency, accuracy or confidence than what he's been doing. He's an amazing football player."

On Heisman race and Big 12 awards being based on team success:

"That's really the way that it should be. We went through that with Troy Davis a few years ago and everybody wants to know about the Heisman and Seneca. But I don't even talk about it or talk to Seneca about it. All we're trying to do is win football games, knowing that if we're fortunate enough to win some more games hopefully there will be some rewards for everyone at the end of the year."

"There are so many talented quarterbacks in the Big 12 this year, great ones, consistent ones, leaders and some of the best ones in college football. I would guess that at the end of the year the team that has the most success and best records would be the ones that have the best opportunity for rewards."

"Texas Tech can't hardly be stopped right now. Texas A&M goes into that game ranked in the top 10 in the country in three defensive categories only giving up eight points a game. And Tech puts up 48 points on them. It was just an amazing job by them."

on possibility of ISU facing an overtime situation:

"We haven't been in an overtime game yet this year. If we do, we'd probably try to get our defense on the field first and go from there. Then we'll see what we'd have to do with our offense on the next series to try to win the game."

"We definitely do that every week and try to be prepared for it, just like every other phase of a game situation. Every day we go out to practice we try to get into as many game situations against as many good players as we can to make it as realistic as we can."

on strength of Big 12 Conference:

"It's what I said back in July at the Big 12 Media Day in Houston. There is no better conference than the Big 12. I said it then, I'm saying it now and I'm sure I'll be saying it at the end of the year. I'm not running for any Big 12 political office, that's just the way it is. We've got all kinds of good teams, outstanding coaches, great staffs and tremendous talent. The North or South can stand up to any of them in the country."

more on Texas Tech's offense:

"They've really been outstanding all season. You're talking about almost half a hundred points the last three weeks that they've put up. It seems like whatever you put up on the board, it's not enough if you're going against the Texas Tech offense. I just haven't seen a quarterback that's as accurate as Kliff Kingsbury in a long time. Texas Tech knows what it's doing. It's one of the best systems in the country. They're playing with a lot of confidence in it."

on how secondary matches up against a pass-oriented team compared to in past:

"We'd better be a lot better. We've never beaten Texas Tech, Texas or A&M, which is one of the many negative steaks that we stepped into here at Iowa State. We're going to try and stop that one on Saturday night, but it's going to be real tough. They're a tremendous football team. I haven't anyone stop them, especially the last three weeks."

"We're going to have to be at our best and our secondary is going to be really challenged. Hopefully they're going to be a lot better than the last time we faced this system."

on possibility of Saturday's game being a shootout:

"I think both defenses know what they're doing, too. Both have real strong defensive coordinators and outstanding coaches. But we're both putting up a lot of points through half of the season. That doesn't mean that it's going to be a shootout, though. We've got to do all that we can to try and slow them down. It's going to be hard. We've got to do anything we can to get some points on the board, because their offense right now is as good as any offense in the country."

on what things he told team during bye week:

"All you've got to do is look at the tape and the things that we haven't done a good job of. We're proud to be 5-1, have come a long ways and are going to play the most brutal seven-game stretch that this school has ever had. We still turned it over three times against Nebraska and had a punt blocked. Those are some real major breakdowns, so there were plenty of things to correct. There isn't anybody at Iowa State getting too carried away with themselves."


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