Iowa State defeated Colorado 17-10 to become bowl eligible on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in Jack Trice Stadium.
Here are some notable quotes from after the contest.
Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads
On the defense
“Our defense was outstanding. We got a huge stop at the 1-yard line, stopped them again and forced a field goal. Then we get the fumble inside the 10-yard line, and that was a huge difference in the football game. On third down our guys were outstanding, great job from our defense. A lot of guys were where they were supposed to be. When we needed pressure we got it, which was very important.”
On bowl game eligibility
“It says that we’re working toward our expectations on what this football program is all about. You accomplish things by approaching it one day at a time and putting a lot of time and energy in what you do and this football team has done that. College football is about bowl games. You start the season and you work for (a bowl game) and at this point we are bowl eligible and we’re thrilled about that.”
On Robinson’s 1,000-yard season
“Pretty dang good. If there was one player that was on a mission this week, it was Alexander Robinson. We had a very hungry football team when we came out of the locker room. If you could’ve seen the look in his eyes after last week’s football game, you’d understand the competitor and the leader we have with him on our football team.”
On reflecting on the season
“I don’t think it’s the time to reflect at all right now. We’re a football program that doesn’t have an open date. We’ve got another seven-day week to prepare for a game in Columbia, Mo., and the last few years they’ve played for the Big 12 Championship. If I took a second to reflect, my wife might chew me out.”
Iowa State wide receiver Marquis Hamilton
On being bowl eligible “With all the turmoil that has been going on the past two years, it feels good to get that sixth win and be bowl eligible. Coach Rhoads and the team talked about what the team wanted to accomplish and this was one of our goals. It is like icing on the cake to be bowl eligible as a senior.”
Iowa State quarterback Austen Arnaud
“We won today because we worked hard and deserved it. No offense to Colorado, but our defense and our offensive teams wanted it more today.”