Iowa State and Iowa will be on the road this week in conference play. The Cyclones will visit Baylor after a near upset of nationally ranked Kansas. The Cyclones were nearly perfect in the opening half in rolling to a 20-0 lead at the break but the Jayhawks exploded for 35 second half points and escaped with a 35-33 victory.
ISU coach Gene Chizik says they came out and played with a lot of energy and executed well on both sides of the ball, but he says you can’t play a great team like Kansas for only one half and expect to beat them. The Cyclones had a final chance after recovering an on-side kick with just over a minute remaining, but the threat ended with four incomplete passes.
Chizik says he’s proud of the team for fighting back and giving themselves a chance to win, but the bottom line is they have to make the plays to win. While a young Cyclone team is making strides Chizik wants to see them finish games. He says he wants to win now and this sends a message to the young players that they have a chance to be a good football team.
The Hawkeyes will visit Indiana after a third straight head scratching defeat, this one a 16-13 setback at Michigan State. Rick Stanzi fumbled twice and was picked off once as the Hawks dropped to 3-3 overall.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says when you do those kinds of things, it catches up to you, and they’re again missed opportunities that have to be addressed. Ferentz says on the positive side, he saw some good things and believes the team is growing better.
Shonn Greene finished with 157 yards of rushing but was dropped for a two yard loss on a fourth and one at the Spartan 21-yard-line with just over two minutes remaining. The Hawkeye defense had a big day and limited Michigan State running back Javon Ringer to just 91 yards on 25 carries. Ferentz says they did a good job of playing hard against the run and now need to experience a little success.
Senior defensive tackle Mitch King had seven tackles and a sack as the defense kept Iowa in the game in the opening half. King says they pride themselves in being firemen and going out and holding the other team’s offense no matter where they get the ball.