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    Mizzou Up Next

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    Here is what the Rag said about Clones----

    Iowa State football insider REGISTER STAFF REPORTS

    October 21, 2007

    NEXT GAME
    KICKOFF: Iowa State at Missouri, 1 p.m., at Columbia

    ABOUT THE TIGERS: Missouri has lived up to its preseason billing as a North Division front-runner. In order for the Cyclones to spoil the ride, they'll have to slow down a passing attack that began the weekend ranked fifth nationally with 358.2 yards per game. A possible Iowa State bright spot is Missouri's pass defense, which was 100th nationally, allowing 265.3 yards.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: Quarterback Chase Daniel broke the Cyclones' hearts two years ago in Columbia. He's tormenting defenses this season to the tune of 345.5 passing yards per game.

    CY SAYS

    DOWNSIDE: Cy's getting repetitive, but special teams cost the Cyclones again. Bret Culbertson missed a big field goal and is now 8-for-15 on the year. Iowa State couldn't convert on short-yardage situations, and the late interception was a momentum-killer.

    UPSIDE: Cy loves what he saw Saturday. The team showed a lot of heart in nearly pulling off a huge upset one week after getting blown out. Cy is sold on Gene Chizik and can't wait for these close calls to turn into wins. Thumbs up to the defense.

    WHAT WENT RIGHT?

    This was the sort of effort Cyclone fans wanted to see. It started with the opening play when Chris Singleton made a tackle for a 3-yard loss. Oklahoma's first six rushing plays netted 12 yards. The Sooners had just six first downs in the first half. Quarterback Bret Meyer outplayed his counterpart in the opening 30 minutes, completing 8-of-11 passes for 63 yards. Sam Bradford was 8-for-16 for 72 yards and an interception.

    WHAT WENT WRONG?

    As stunning as Iowa State's 7-0 halftime lead was, it should have been more. The Cyclones failed to convert on a 36-yard field goal try and fourth-and-1 gamble inside the Sooners' 10-yard line. Either play could have enabled Iowa State to build a two-possession lead. By Iowa State failing to capitalize on those opportunities, the Sooners needed just one drive to tie the score and gain the momentum. That happened in the third quarter. The ISU defense appeared drained heading into the fourth quarter.

    LOST IN THE SHUFFLE

    Before Saturday, Oklahoma had scored in 26 of 28 quarters this season. Iowa State held the Sooners scoreless in the first half.

    DIFFERENCE MAKER

    Jason Scales ran hard for the third week in a row. The former Valley star had 40 yards on his first 17 carries, but he helped the Cyclones chew up the clock. His 2-yard touchdown plunge gave Iowa State the lead with 4:55 left in the first quarter. If he stays healthy, the running game could become the biggest offensive bright spot.


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    Re: Mizzou Up Next

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    Iowa football insider: What went right, wrong vs. Purdue REGISTER STAFF REPORTS

    To show how how RAG treated the view for the two games and teams----

    October 21, 2007


    HERKY SAYS
    DOWNSIDE: Herky is disappointed in the offensive line. Quarterback Jake Christensen was running for his life on virtually every pass play. He was sacked five times, and the Hawkeyes averaged just 2.7 yards per rush. Iowa went back to its old ways on third down - 3-for-16. Also, too many dropped passes and too many poorly thrown balls by Christensen.

    UPSIDE: It was exciting to visualize the Hawkeyes winning at Purdue, but that was wishful thinking. The Purdue game had "L" written all over it. The good news is that there's no reason to think Iowa can't win three or four of its remaining games.

    WHAT WENT RIGHT?

    Daniel Murray kicked field goals of 35 and 31 yards as he bounced back from a rugged stretch in which he missed two of three. Punter Ryan Donahue had a solid day, too, booting for an average of 42.4 yards. His best punt was a 41-yarder to the 1-yard line on the final play of the first half when coach Kirk Ferentz opted not to go for points with 3 seconds left on the clock.

    WHAT WENT WRONG?

    Dropped passes set an early discouraging tone for the Hawkeyes; there were five in the first half alone. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos had drops on the first two plays of the game. Paul Chaney Jr. had two drops, and Brandon Myers had one - and 5 minutes still remained until halftime. That led to an offense that mustered only 254 yards.

    LOST IN THE SHUFFLE

    Iowa's defense continued to play well, considering the amount of time it was on the field. In the first quarter when Purdue got the ball at the Hawkeyes' 49-yard line after a 24-yard punt by Donahue, the defense forced a three-and-out. The third-down play was a sack by Bryan Mattison.

    DIFFERENCE MAKER

    Third down continues to be Iowa's worst down. The Hawkeyes failed to make a first down on 13-of-16 third-down attempts. At one point, Iowa missed 12 third-down conversions in a row.

    NEXT GAME

    KICKOFF: vs. Michigan State at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kinnick Stadium

    ABOUT THE SPARTANS: Iowa is going to have to find a way to score a lot of points - or play one of its best defensive games of the season. Michigan State went into the weekend with a league-leading 36.9 scoring average. Of its first 32 offensive touchdowns, 20 came via the rush.

    PLAYER TO WATCH: Tailback Javon Ringer's 932 rushing yards trailed only Michigan's Mike Hart in the conference after the first seven games. The junior ranked seventh in the nation with an average of 133.1 yards a game. He led the conference in yards per carry at 7.1.


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