In the football team’s win at Texas Saturday, there were a lot of “first time since … “ accomplishments. Those have been well documented.The win was important in countless ways. What might be as inspiring, however, to fans and the coaching staff is the resiliency demonstrated by the players in the locker room. History would show that this resiliency has been a common theme for these seniors. In each of the last four years, Iowa State has dropped consecutive games by at least 21 points. Each time, the Cyclones came out the third week more determined than ever and gave a strong account of themselves. Gene Chizik’s first team dropped decisions to Texas Tech (17-42) and Texas (3-56) before putting a scare into fourth-ranked Oklahoma (falling 7-17). The 2008 club lost to Baylor (10-38) and Nebraska (7-35) prior to losing to Texas A&M 35-49 in a game the Cyclones outgained their opponent 574-509. Paul Rhoads’ eventual Insight Bowl club was beaten by Texas A&M (10-35) and Oklahoma State (8-34) but then bounced back to beat Colorado, 17-10. This year’s team had humbling losses to Utah (27-68) and Oklahoma (0-52) prior to Saturday’s historic triumph in Austin, TX. Cyclones should be, and are, enjoying the school’s first-ever win over the Longhorns. But, in the long run, the legacy of perseverance demonstrated by the senior leadership of this squad might be as important.
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