ISU On Defense Against Kansas State

How will Coach Burnham's Defensive Crew perform in their first Big 12 game of the season?

The Cyclone Sports Report Three Keys To Look For On Saturday Afternoon:

1)STOP THOMAS-Daniel Thomas is a former junior-college quarterback who is currently third in the Big 12 in rushing. Through four games, he has 100 touches and has accounted for 34-percent of Kansas State's offensive plays. They also have begun using him in the wildcat formation so Iowa State should be completely prepared to try and shut him down. If they are successful in shutting him down a victory in Kansas City is likely.

2)CONTAIN BANKS- This offense turns to a 5-foot-7, 150-pound wide receiver when not running the ball with Thomas. Brandon Banks leads the team with 19 receptions for 223 yards but what is more impressive is what he has done on special teams. This past weekend he had touchdown kickoff returns of 91 and 92 yards. Both the Iowa State defense and their special teams unit must stop Banks on Saturday.

3)TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS, TURNOVERS- This game is considered to be an relatively even matchup going into it so it's likely that the turnover margin could be the deciding factor on Saturday. A few early forced turnovers by the Cyclone defense would be a huge lift.

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