Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads says it is time for the Cyclones to look ahead. I.S.U. is coming off its first victory at Nebraska since 1977 and now prepares for a visit to Texas A@M. Rhoads says the great thing about sports, win or lose, you have to get back up and go back to work the next morning.
Rhoads says the Nebraska victory was a big one for the program, as he says to beat a program as rich in tradition as Nebraksa in their stadium is history. “And it’s great history and we’re proud of that, but that will do nothing for us as we go into the week against Texas A&M,” Rhoads says.
Texas A@M is 4-3 and followed up a 62-14 loss to Kansas State with a 52-30 win over Texas Tech. Rhoads says trying to compare college scores is a complete waste of time that you’ll get nothing out of, and he says they reminded the team of that. At 5-3, the Cyclones are a victory away from being eligible for a bowl game.
Rhoads says the bowl is what you start the season to play for, as he says you don’t start wanting to get three wins. He says getting to a bowl should be the goal every season and right now they are not talking about it. Rhoads says the Cyclones are a confident team that feels good about themselves. He says they should feel good about themselves, and they have a reason to feel good because they work hard every day and prepare for the games.
Rhoads says this team prepares as well as any team he’s been around in 21 years of coaching, and they will have to continue to do that as they head into the 9th game of the season. The Cyclones played without quarterback Austen Arnaud and running back Alexander Robinson due to injury.
Rhoads expects both to play this week, as he says Robinson ran Sunday, which he hasn’t done since before the Army game. He says Arnaud practiced, but did not throw as their choice to give him more time to recover.