Under the lights at Jack Trice Stadium

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Here are some quick observations from an evening of Cyclone football.

It’s hard to imagine that a month ago the parking lots surrounding the stadium were under water. When you looked out and saw the beautiful natural grass playing surface, it’s easy to forget how things looked just weeks ago. There are countless staff, who have done a magnificent job of restoration.

Many experts felt that improved play from senior Austen Arnaud was a huge key for success. Arnaud, himself, said a higher completion percentage was necessary for the offense. Even with the school’s best career completion percentage (.601), Austen knows his numbers must continue to climb. After connecting on 75% of his throws vs. NIU, the Ames native is off to a good start. Don’t think for a minute, however, that the perfectionist Arnaud won’t put his “0 TD, 2 interception” mark under the microscope this week in search of corrective measures.

Jack Trice Stadium under the lights is a flat-out cool experience. The facility just glows and when Coach Rhoads leads the team on the field, the intensity is felt in every corner.

Matt Shoultz, a member of our athletics communications staff, authored a live blog during the game last night. It’s an easy way for fans to get more insight into the game and its free via cyclones.com. Matt did the same thing for last week’s volleyball games and more than 400 fans interacted during the matches. Last night, 1,652 fans accessed the blog from the football game.

Upon entering the stadium from the north end, I hope you had a chance to look at the All-America Honor Walls. It’s a complete listing of all past Cyclone All-Americans. Mel & Kathy Weatherwax and Craig & Virginia Petermeier made the walls possible with generous donations to Iowa State Athletics. It’s a walk down memory lane to see all of the recognizable names.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at: twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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