Cyclones hungry for redemption in Austin


Jacob Rice

Lone Cyclone takes the field as Iowa State against Kansas State on Oct. 8.

Andrew Harrington, Sports Editor

Three straight Big 12 losses for Iowa State have both caused some concern for the Iowa State fanbase and forced the team to go back to the drawing board.

Earlier in the week, Campbell told the media the offensive struggles are not on one person alone, but rather the entirety of the offense and the coaching staff, himself included.

Iowa State has finished three games with 11 or fewer points this season, including back-to-back over the previous two weeks against Kansas and Kansas State.

So what has to change for the Cyclones to start putting points on the board?

It all starts with finishing drives. Iowa State had two opportunities near the 50-yard line, only needing to pick up a field goal to win the game. On both occasions, the Cyclones were unable to pick up even a single first down.

Cyclone receiver Jaylin Noel has watched a lot of tape on this Texas defense, and what he has seen is that the team is reliant on the athleticism of the players. He said the team runs pretty simple schemes, but the players are so talented that it makes them hard to play against.

“They have very good athletes,” Noel said. “They don’t do anything tricky, they just play their guys.”

Texas has an electric offense that is a threat to score at any time. The return of quarterback Quinn Ewers from injury has allowed this team to be able to throw it deep at any time. The deep threat has, in turn, reopened the running game for star running back Bijan Robinson.

Cornerback Myles Purchase said the team just needs to come prepared to face former top recruit Ewers, and getting ahead early could put the team over the top.

Defensive stops have not been the worry for Iowa State this season, as the team averages the least points per game in the Big 12 with just 13.7. The Cyclones have held major conference teams such as Iowa, Kansas and Kansas State all to 14 or fewer points.

The game is set for Saturday at 11 a.m. in Austin, Texas, and will air on ABC.