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    Post Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

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    Lincoln, Neb. - There is no need to rush.

    Because of Jason Scales' performance against Nebraska, the Iowa State football staff can give J.J. Bass time to mend.

    Bass, the Cyclones' starting tailback, did not have a carry during Saturday's 35-17 loss to the Cornhuskers.

    Coach Gene Chizik did not elaborate on Bass' status afterward. During his weekly radio show last Monday, however, Chizik said the junior from Altamonte Springs, Fla., was hampered by a sore shoulder.

    If Bass is unable to compete this week at Texas Tech, Scales has proven he's capable of filling the void.

    The former West Des Moines Valley star ran through Nebraska for a career-best 115 yards on 31 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

    "I was proud of what he did," Chizik said of Scales. "I thought he ran the ball tough. I thought he tried to get some tough yards."

    Scales' career has been marred by injuries, and he was battered earlier this season.

    Bass, a junior college transfer, emerged as Iowa State's featured running back. He netted 390 yards in the opening four games, averaging 4.1 yards per attempt.

    He was a focal point of the offense, before Saturday.

    Without Bass in the lineup, the Cyclones gained 415 total yards, held the ball for more than 39 minutes and picked up 28 first downs.

    "When you get done playing in a game like this, you look at what's good and you look at what's bad," Chizik said. "Whatever is positive, you take that and try to build on it."

    Scales provided the biggest positive. He started hitting stride in the second quarter, running for 63 yards in the first half. His 3-yard score put Iowa State ahead 10-0.

    "Jason went out there and ran hard," quarterback Bret Meyer said. "He made some great plays, got some yards after contact.

    "He showed up today."

    Scales showed his dependability.

    Alexander Robinson spent the past few weeks as the Cyclones' No. 2 tailback, but fumbled on his first carry against the Cornhuskers. He did not touch the ball again.

    Iowa State finished with four turnovers, and squandered chances to take a more commanding lead.

    Nebraska led 14-10 at halftime.

    "We just keep killing ourselves," said Meyer, who threw three interceptions.

    Scales became the primary option out of the backfield. He also caught three passes for 19 yards.

    "It's great to see him out on the field," offensive lineman Tom Schmeling said. "The kid has fought through so many injuries, it's good to see him get rewarded with playing time.

    "He comes downhill hard."



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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    Nice story. To have a winning program, we need to run the ball, period. To run the ball, we need to develop a good OL and have runners who can hit holes.

    That is the way you build winning football.



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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    Great for Scales! I was a bit worried hearing his name in place of Bass's over the radio Saturday, but I'm really glad he was able to have a great day. He deserves it.


    Go Sssssssssyclones!

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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    I am happy for Scales, he seemed to do a pretty good job according to the radio.

    Was this if first time we ran the option this year? And did we bobble or have trouble with the pitch the first two times we ran it?

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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    Does anyone know when the replay is on? I would like to see how he did.



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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    As long as he keeps it between the tackles he looked good. Everytime he went outside the tackles his lack of speed and agility showed. I am glad that he is healthy and able to play. He might turn out to be the short yardage man.



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    Re: Chizik feels comfortable with Scales in backfield

    Quote Originally Posted by timc243 View Post
    Does anyone know when the replay is on? I would like to see how he did.
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