ISU on Defense Against Texas A&M

The Iowa State defense has only given 17 points combined over the past two weeks in victories over Baylor and Nebraska. What will they need to do on Saturday to keep the streak alive?

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

1)STOP THE RUN FIRST- Texas A&M has the #3 passing offense in the Big 12 and the #4 rushing offense in the Big 12 which shows that they are very balanced but clearly the rushing attack is picking up even more steam. This past weekend they had their most productive day of the Mike Sherman era when they rushed for 321 yards on 59 carries in their 52-30 route of Texas Tech. Sophomore Cyrus Gray rushed for 131 yards and freshman Christine Michael had 121 yards showing that their depth is outstanding. The Cyclones need to first shut down the run or Texas A&M will be able to completely control time of possession. If that happens Iowa State will likely be in a lot of trouble on Saturday in College Station.

2)DON'T LET UZOMA NWACHUKWU TOUCH THE BALL- The freshman receiver doesn't lead his team in receptions but he is the No.2 freshman receiver in terms of receiving yards per game. Nwachukwu ranks No. 2 among all receivers with 21.0 yards per catch average and his touchdown per catch ratio of 1/3.5 is No. 2 in the nation. The Cyclone secondary has stepped up big over the past two weeks and they must make sure Uzoma is not allowed to go off for a few big catches on Saturday.

3)KEEP THE TURNOVERS ROLLING- Last week Cyclone Sports Report told you that Iowa State would need at least three turnovers against Nebraska in order to come away with a victory in Lincoln. Turns out that we needed eight which is perfectly fine because it was an aggressive defense that forced most of those turnovers. The Cyclones have now forced a combined eleven turnovers in just the last two weeks. Three to four more this week and I'm guessing the Cyclones would be returning again this week to a celebration.

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