Continuing to compete is the battle cry for close-call Cyclones

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Iowa State fell short in a one-possession football game Saturday. That’s the fourth one of the year.

 “Five games in and they’ve all been 60-minute football games,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “Our kids (have) been fighting right down to the very end.”

 The Cyclones have competed well thus far but have not been rewarded.

 “It’s been very pleasing to a coach – in a time when his record is below .500 – to (keep) getting his kids to play,” Rhoads said. “Our kids have continued to respond.”

 At this stage of the season, a divide is starting to emerge in the Big 12 standings.

 Through 13 league games, the first-division of the Big 12 standings looks like this:

  • Texas (3-0)
  • Texas Tech (3-0)
  • Baylor (2-0)
  • Oklahoma (2-1)
  • Oklahoma State (1-1)

 Iowa State’s first five weeks of the league schedule laid out this way:

  • Texas (1-pt. loss)
  • @ Texas Tech (7-pt. loss)
  • @ Baylor (Sat.)
  • Oklahoma State (Oct. 26)
  • Kansas State (Nov. 2)

 See the similarities?

 The current record notwithstanding, being pretty competitive against the best of the Big 12 is, hopefully, a harbinger for better things ahead.