Iowa State coach Gene Chizik says one word can describe the 2007 season to this point: turnovers. The Cyclones have committed 15-turnovers in their 1-4 start to the season. Chizik says that tells the whole tale of every loss. He says turnovers play a huge role in why they’ve lost four games.
Iowa State committed four turnovers in a 35-17 loss at Nebraska and are a minus eight in that category this season. Chizik says the game is real simple, "you get turnovers and you don’t give the ball up, and you’ve got a chance to win."
Going into his first season Chizik says he did not know what to expect from his team but a 1-4 start was not what he imagined. He says 1-4 is not where he wants to be or anyone on the football team, or any fans. The Cyclones must get set to visit Texas Tech and slow down the Red Raiders high powered passing attack.
Chizik says the Cyclones must put together a game plan that suits their players and execute it well, as he says they’ve seen everything you can throw at the offense, "every blitz known to man." Chizik says Tech is having fun in this offense, and he would too if they were getting 600 yards a week.
Chizik says it will be a big challenge for the defense, as he says they’re really tough to prepare for, as they get 55 points a game along with those 600 yards offense. He says they run and throw the ball very well.
Chizik says the Cyclone offense will need to score when it gets the chance and also hang on to the ball. He says the more Texas Tech stays on the field, the more they have a chance to score and move the ball. Chizik says time of possession is something that every team that’s played them has said, and his team is no different.