Offense looking for answers against Tigers

Jeremy Gustafson

The ISU Cyclone basketball teams won’t be the only ones looking to rebound on Saturday at the annual Cyclone Shoot-out.

The ISU football team will be hoping to bounce back after getting dominated by the Texas A&M Aggies.

The offense suffered the most in the game, being held to 239 total yards. Quarterback Sage Rosenfels and company had been averaging 446.5 yards per game, but the Aggie defense, ranked 20th in the nation dominated up front.

The defense gave up 30 points, but it wasn’t a bad performance considering it was on the field nearly 35 minutes.

Wide receiver and punt returner J.J. Moses said that maybe this would serve as a wake-up call for the Cyclones.

“I believe it was meant to happen, everything happens for a reason,” Moses said. “It will make us hungrier.”

“We got to start back at the basics, we need to figure out what got us the five wins,” said offensive lineman Scott Rickard.

The Cyclones won five games by playing stellar offense.

Running or passing, at least one aspect had been on in every game.

Ennis Haywood went into the game the leading rusher in the Big 12, but was bottled up by the Aggie defense.

He ran for only 75 yards after averaging 128.4 through his first five games.

Rosenfels didn’t look sharp either.

He finished the day 14-32 with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

He threw for a meager 84 yards, his lowest total of the season, and often overthrew open receivers.

“They were a good team, we got to give them that. We got beat by a better team,” Rickard said.

The only scoring came when back-up quarterback Gerrin Scott hooked up with freshman Lane Danielsen on a 43-yard score.

Scott finished the day 2-3 with one touchdown. He had a total of 53 yards passing.

“There was a lack of focus, and maybe we did go into the game thinking ahead,” said offensive lineman Andy Stensrud. “We can’t do that, we just got to re-focus and take it one game at a time.”

Against Missouri the Cyclones will get a chance to get back on track.

The Tigers are near the bottom of the league with a 1-3 conference mark [2-5 overall].

The Tigers latest defeat came at the hands of the Texas Longhorns, a 46-12 blowout.

But Moses knows he and his teammates had better be prepared for a fight, since Iowa State won at Missouri last season, and the Tigers will be out for revenge.

Moses said that despite the Tigers record “they are a good, solid team.”

The Cyclones still have a legitimate chance to clinch a winning season and possible bowl berth, but they must be more impressive than they were last weekend.

“You got to forget about those type of things,” Moses said of the A&M game. “We’re not going to let it distract us.”

“Everybody wants to go to a bowl, but right now we need to stay focused,” Moses added.

Beating a team with a winning tradition would have been a good step, but the Cyclones are 0-2 against bowl-caliber competition this year, while their five wins have come against teams with less national recognition.

“We haven’t proved it yet this year,” Moses said.

Stensrud just wants to get back to the winning ways.

“It’s never great to lose, it stinks. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth, but I think it will wake everybody up,” he said.

“It comes down to if you play your hardest and do your best you can look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘win or lose I did my best,’ you can always feel good about that,” Stensrud said.

Whether or not the Cyclones will be bowl bound may be answered tomorrow.

Where they are going will depend on how they play against Kansas State and Colorado.