AMES, Iowa -- Following their loss to in-state rival Iowa on Saturday, the Cyclones are trying to move on and prepare for their next outing against Toledo on the road Saturday.
"Most of the guys on the team have been dealing with adversity ever since they've been here," linebacker Jordan Harris said. "They responded to that and I think everybody else will rally around each other."
Iowa State has faced adversity before, but this year, they're hoping to handle it better than they have in previous seasons.
"We have some lugnuts that need tightened up, but we're moving ahead and everybody is of that mindset and in that direction," head coach Paul Rhoads said.
"Being a competitor, you have another opponent this weekend so you have to put it behind you, you have to," linebacker Jarnor Jones said. "You can't ponder on it, we want to win this weekend."
The Cyclones' run game in particular has been a weak spot to start the season. The team is averaging just 70 yards per game on the ground.
"There are some run plays I think should be touchdowns every play,"offensive guard Wendell Taiese said. "Personally, I take offense to not being able to run the ball and the defense knowing we can't run the ball. I try to make a difference myself but its not a one-man game, all five guys need to be on the same page."
"We have a very talented quarterback and very skilled receivers but if you don't have something to compliment that, it begins to be a more challenging situation for them as well," Rhoads said.
Iowa State will kick off against Toldeo at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Ohio.