Up Next: Iowa State at Texas A&M

Texas A&M hosts a feisty Iowa State team on Saturday at 2:30pm. The Aggies are off to a 3-1 start in conference play, while the Cyclones are coming off their first Big 12 victory of the season—a 37-10 drubbing of Oklahoma State. The game will be televised regionally by ABC.

The teams: Iowa State Cyclones (4-3, 1-3) at Texas A&M Aggies (5-2, 3-1)

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2005 at 2:30pm

Location: Kyle Field (82,600); College Station, TX

Television: Regionally on ABC (Dr. Jerry Punch, play-by-play; Terry Bowden, analyst; Vince Welch, sideline)

Radio: Regionally on the Texas A&M Sports Network (Dave South, play-by-play; Dave Elmendorf, commentary; Tom Turbiville, sideline)

Sirius Satellite Radio: Ch. 143

Series: Texas A&M leads the all-time series between the two teams (dating back to 1978), 7-0. The Cyclones are the only Big 12 team that has never beaten the Aggies. A&M beat ISU 34-3 last season in Ames; but the Cyclones made it a close game on their last trip to College Station, falling to the Aggies by a tight score of 24-21.

Texas A&M Head Coach Dennis Franchione on the Aggies' opportunity to become bowl eligible this week: "I'm really proud of them. You know, when you come back from Colorado and get thumped the way we did, you don't have a lot of friends. You don't want to go up on campus and hear from your buddies … they stayed strong if not stronger together because of the adversity and they overcame that game. That's really been pleasing for us to see them do, and when you put it into the perspective that you just played a team (Kansas State) and won at their house where they have only lost 15 games in the last 15 years, you've taken a pretty good step there. We haven't arrived or anything like that … But you know you kind of have to regroup after that Colorado game."

Franchione on Iowa State's 1-3 record in the Big 12: "I think that's a misleading statistic … But you know, you give them 17 points and they're 7-0. Let's don't forget that. A lot of people picked them to win the Big 12 North. You like to say, 'Okay, they're coming to Kyle Field, hopefully home-field advantage is going to be something for us.' They went to Nebraska and took them to over time. They went to Missouri and really had the game won until overtime. So they've gone on the road and played pretty solid football and Dan (McCarney) has an older, mature team. To say older is right, but he's got a lot of guys that have played ball for him and you can tell they're pretty mature in their approach in how they're handling this. They could very easily be 7-0."

Iowa State player (and Longview native) David Brown on returning home to Texas: "A&M is really a good team. It'll be a challenge for us, but it'll be nice to go back home and try to find a few people I might know."

Iowa State notes: Prior to last week's victory of Oklahoma State, the Cyclones had dropped three consecutive games (two in overtime) in league play …the ISU defense had five takeaways in their win over OSU, including interceptions on four consecutive Cowboy drives … this week's game marks Dan McCarney's 125th contest as the Cyclone head coach, the longest tenure of any head football coach in ISU history …


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