AMES, Iowa -- The Cyclones were quickly hit with a reality check to start their 2016 season Saturday night as they fell at home to Northern Iowa in disappointing fashion.
All of the good feelings that surrounded the team over the summer following the hire of new head coach Matt Campbell have vanished. After beating Northern Iowa 31-7 in the opener last season, the Cyclones are now dealing some real adversity after just their first game.
"Whether you win or lose, you have to flush it," Campbell said Monday. "You have to be prepared to come back the next day and you have to go to work and I think our kids, for the most part, handled that."
A key reason for the loss was fourth quarter turnovers. In addition to a Mike Warren fumble, Iowa State quarterback Joel Lanning threw two costly interceptions in the fourth quarter, including one when the Cyclones were up 20-19 with just over six minutes left in the game.
"You just have to stay the course, you can't give up," Lanning said Monday. "You can't let one game define your season. It's a tough way to lose like that, especially in your home stadium. It's not a good way to go, or to start the season. It's time to move on."
The Cyclones hope to put this loss behind them as they start to prepare for the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game at Iowa on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.