AMES, Iowa – Coming off a blowout 66-31 loss to Texas Tech, the Cyclones will play yet another high-powered offense and quality team this week.
For the Cyclones to hang with No. 3 TCU on Saturday, they will have to adjust and show up in a big way.
“We got a heavy dose of speed and space on Saturday,” head coach Paul Rhoads said. “We didn’t need a wakeup call, but there is a realization of what’s ahead in the next seven games of conference play. If we don’t adjust to it, we’ll see more outcomes like we did (against Texas Tech)."
The Cyclones defense will be called upon to play much better than they did last week, as they gave up 776 total yards and simply couldn’t stop the Red Raiders.
“A way to combat that is getting to those receivers, running backs and quarterbacks quick and bringing more than one guy there,” said linebacker Luke Knott. “It’s hard to tackle those guys in open space with just one guy. We need a group effort and guys rallying around the ball.”
The team is understandably disappointed in their performance, but they must move on and focus on their challenging game against the Horned Frogs.
“Honestly I think the guys are a little bit down, but this week is going to be really big for us because we have to prepare for another good team like last week,” running back Mike Warren said.
Iowa State has beaten a top five team only one other time, which was in 2011 against Oklahoma State.