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    The Past is Past and the Future is Now - It is Clonetime

    THE PAST THRU GAME FIVE

    Last year we could hold opponents to 17 points and this year it is 28 pooijnts a game, a deterioration of 11 points.

    Last year we could score 28 points a game and this year it is 21 points, a decrement of 7 points.

    Overall we are about 18 points less. No wonder our home games have been so close and the Iowa game made a switch. That is why Toledo and UNLV and UNI were so close. After all, UNI was the runner up last year and not this year.

    We cannot explain the offense who did not have Stevie last year. Was it losing our eleventh starter. Having a prolific running back is a problem. Do we really have a breakaway running back in the system? Have we ever had one? Most better teams have one. Jon Cornish did wonders against Nebraska last week. Stevie was injured most of last year and Tpoddd Blythe was still testing his prowess for half a season last year. So the defense won the games last year.

    The defense this year is understandable. We really miss Nik Moser and Steve Paris. The safeties are not as good and may never be. The passes are thrown because the opponents know the routes will be open. 75% completion rate. Is that leading the country?

    We rehash only to explain our perceived point differential. Having Berryman, Smith and Robertson would have given us lots of options. We could have had Berryman and Parker playing on either side. Robertson would have been a match with Bowen and McKenzie. Just seems like more than our share of stuff happens in little Ames, Iowa, the past three years.
    We could have had James Smith playing. Now the question is with his broken ankle, will he be able to run as fast as before? Can he be adifference maker at safety this year?
    Maybe these three people were integral parts needed to be as good as we were last year.

    Yes, we have a tougher schedule this year since Iowa was in Ames last year, but it is the fact that IMO we have looked good for only two/three halves (Texas first, Iowa first, and overtime and maybe UNI second half) in ten halves. That is what is disappointing to fans. We have not even played close to a complete game yet. We are halfway through the season. Will we see a complete game this season like Iowa last year?.

    Has the defense really played a game yet where it looked like we could stop them. Has the offense played a game yet where we had more than two good drives the whole game. With the new clock rules, a team has the ball two times less so they need to be more productive.

    The special team makes one good play then one bad play. A good kickoff, a bad kickoff. A good punt, a bad punt. A good tackle, then a long run. Very inconsistent. Shaggy is having a big year.

    Thru Game Five - what can we hang our hat on for dependability in a game? For showchangers, people are listing Bowen, Bret, McKenzie as stepping up to the plate at this point. Some people are asking where are you Brent, DeMarcus, Stevie, Blythe, Stephonson?

    THE FUTURE starting Saturday night

    This week is the week to prove all the garn91 stats are in the end hogwash and to prove to a national Saturday audience that we are better than shown previously. Be like Kansas and step up to the plate and sock it to them!

    We expect the first quarter to be all Clones with one big defensive series stop by the defense. We expect an offensive attempt to throw deep in the first quarter. We expect Flynn to throw a pass. We expect to make our first fieldgoal attempt. WEe expect Curvy to recover a fumble. We expect real crowd noise to drown out the Red fans. We expect great kickoffs. We expect one Clone running back to break free for at least a 20 yard run. We expect a complete game. We expect top play like last yeart when Leaders, Moser, Parris, Berryman, Robertson, and Dobbins were around to lead the way. We expect to win on national TV by one or more points. That is the attitude we should be taking this week. This is the game of the season for us.


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    Re: The Past and the Future

    Does this ring a bell?

    Comments from Hawkeye Natrion.
    Over in Iowa City, big debate on using Albert Young versus Damian Sims as running back. Coach Ferentz is sticking with Albert because he is the more complete back. We can say the same thing with Stevie as he is a great blocker for Bret. He has been very dependable this year. McC says he is averaging close to 5 yards a pop.

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    Tate is missing Ed Hinkle from last year as he has no great dependable receivers. Tate's abdominal strain was better after Ohio State game than after Clone game. Hawks are lacking adequate safeties so they avoid nickel packages as linebackers are as good as someone else they can put on the field. The two running backs of Buckeyes was a threat more than their passing game. Will Hawkeyes be seen on New Years Day?


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    Re: The Past and the Future

    You know us Cyclone fans have had bad experiences with kickers when we start making comments like "Shaggy is having a big year." He is 3-4 with his long being a 39 yarder. Thats not a rip on shaggy as he has been doing his job for the most part. But i wouldnt say he is having a big year. Other than that i agree that we need to have leaders step up this week. Meyer needs to throw the ball down field and across the middle. If you notice he hasn't thrown it much across the middle until the final drive against UNI.



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    Re: The Past and the Future

    Bret has become more gunshy. So why have tall recerivers if you do not use them against Courtney Grixby. I think Courtney can hang with the people, but he is too often off balance to intercept the ball. The main thing the coaches need to figure out is to how to isolate Jon Davis and Todd Blythe with the routes using three/four receiver packages.

    Expect Nebraska to blitz most of the time to stop the deep pass routes as they will have no respect for our running game and will not expect us to have long drives with many plays. That is how they think - you must prove them wrong. Kevin Cosgrove used to work for McC in Wisconsin. So Stevie will have to run draws back against their over committed hot shot ends shooting in - that might be the ticket. Running up the middle with Stevie will be a waste. And lets not see Brandon Koch on 4th and one with the full set package. That needs to be mnore a fake to Koch and then something else. Maybe we can put a tckle in at fullback and Koch at halfback and then fake to them and Bret poass to Blythe.

    On thing is for sure, Nebraska has aggressive defenders who bite on fakes.
    Their aggression can hurt them in the end - you just need to fake them out for an instant and they clear the way for you.

    We do not want Bret to lock onto a receiver at the first snap. That is the way to a loss as Nebraska really watches eyes of the opposing qb. Someone remind Bret please.

    And their ends drop a lot of passes.


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    Re: The Past and the Future

    And what they are saying in Lincoln:
    The Huskers didn't just notch a win against Kansas on Saturday, they impressed a large group of recruits who were all at the game. HuskersIllustrated.com contacted many of the recruits to get their feelings on the game and if they are close to committing to the Huskers. Was four-star linebacker Blake Lawrence blown away on his visit? Is four-star cornerback Armando Murillo going to take any more visits? We've got all these answers and more!

    The Huskers had a great recruiting weekend and an exciting overtime win against Kansas. But, it is time to put it all in the past and turn the focus to Iowa State. The Cyclones have a talented passing attack which could threaten the Huskers this Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Will Andre Jones step up and shut down Todd Blythe? Will Andrew Shanle snag two more interceptions to help lead the Huskers to victory? We'll be breaking down the game all week, including in-depth analysis and features. Also, an Iowa State expert will share his opinion on what to expect out of the Cyclones on Saturday.


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    Re: The Past and the Future

    Here is the past:
    2006 Cyclone Football Iowa State Overall Team Statistics (as of Sep 30, 2006)
    5l games TEAM STATISTICS IS ....OPP --------------------------------------------------------
    SCORING....................... 120 144
    Points Per Game............. 24.0 28.8
    FIRST DOWNS................... 104 104
    Rushing..................... 42 35
    Passing..................... 53 63
    Penalty..................... 9 6
    RUSHING YARDAGE............... 569 624
    Yards gained rushing........ 700 715
    Yards lost rushing.......... 131 91
    Rushing Attempts............ 169 165
    Average Per Rush............ 3.4 3.8
    Average Per Game............ 113.8 124.8
    TDs Rushing................. 8 7
    PASSING YARDAGE............... 1214 1263
    Att-Comp-Int................ 152-95-4 176-131-4
    Average Per Pass............ 8.0 7.2
    Average Per Catch........... 12.8 9.6
    Average Per Game............ 242.8 252.6
    TDs Passing................. 7 10 T
    OTAL OFFENSE................. 1783 1887
    Total Plays................. 321 341
    Average Per Play............ 5.6 5.5
    Average Per Game............ 356.6 377.4
    KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 17-310 17-378
    PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS......... 10-182 9-89
    INT RETURNS: #-YARDS.......... 4-44 4-100
    KICK RETURN AVERAGE........... 18.2 22.2
    PUNT RETURN AVERAGE........... 18.2 9.9
    INT RETURN AVERAGE............ 11.0 25.0
    FUMBLES-LOST.................. 6-3 6-2
    PENALTIES-YARDS............... 24-188 24-245
    Average Per Game............ 37.6 49.0
    PUNTS-YARDS................... 18-716 19-769
    Average Per Punt............ 39.8 40.5
    Net punt average............ 32.6 29.8
    TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME....... 28:29 31:31
    3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS.......... 29/61 31/69
    3rd-Down Pct................ 48% 45%
    4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS.......... 4/10 4/7
    4th-Down Pct................ 40% 57%
    SACKS BY-YARDS................ 9-59 14-83
    MISC YARDS.................... 0 0
    TOUCHDOWNS SCORED............. 16 18
    FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS.......... 3-4 5-7
    ON-SIDE KICKS................. 0-0 0-0
    RED-ZONE SCORES............... 15-16 94% 19-22 86%
    RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS........... 12-16 75% 16-22 73%
    PAT-ATTEMPTS.................. 13-13 100% 15-15 100%
    ATTENDANCE.................... 143844 159557
    Games/Avg Per Game.......... 3/47948 2/79778


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