(Photo above: Iowa State Coach Dan McCarney talks with the media after loss to Missouri) The Iowa State Cyclones must now play waiting game to see which bowl game they will be playing in. The Cyclones hoped to be getting ready for a matchup against Oklahoma in the Big-12 Championship game but those hopes were dashed in a heartbreaking 17-14 overtime loss to Missouri. The loss prevented ISU from winning the North Division outright and Colorado will visit Kansas City by way of the tie breaker. Cyclone coach Dan McCarney says the loss does nothing to diminish a second half of the season in which the Cyclones won four of their last five. McCarney says the resurgence, the hope, faith and integrity of the team makes him proud. He says he’s thankful this isn’t their last football game this year because he says they want to have one more great celebration as a football team.
The Cyclones could have won the game in regulation but Bret Culbertson pushed a 24-yard field goal wide to the right with about a minute to play. Culbertson says, “it was just bad technique on my part. I’m just bummed I let down my team.” Quarterback Bret Meyer says while it is a difficult loss the Cyclones will have no trouble bouncing back and getting ready for a bowl game. He says it won’t affect them because they have too much integrity and too many people who have been through a lot. He says the team is special and he’s ready to go to a bowl game anywhere.
Iowa State finished the regular season 6-5.