The challenge for the Iowa State offensive line is a much tougher one this weekend when the Cyclones visit Iowa for the 58th meeting in the series. The Cyclones rushed for 138 yards in a season opening win over Northern Illinois and now must face an Iowa defensive front that is considered one of the best in the country.
Senior center Ben Lamaak says it’s a credit to Iowa, as they always have “great” players, especially the defensive line. Lamaak says the Cyclones have “great” players too and while it will be a challenge, they will come out ready.
Even in last year’s 35-3 loss to the Hawkeyes I.S.U. moved the football on the ground and finished with 190 yards of rushing.
Lamaak says that was last year and this team is different, and better than last year’s. Lamaak says a key matchup will be left tackle Kelechi Osemele against Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Lamaak says Osemele is ready for the challenge, as he is aggressive, smart and always ready to play.
Lamaak says the Iowa defense is not fancy but it is effective. He says they are basic and great at what they do.