Tech win a payoff for resilient Cyclones

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Iowa State’s 34-point win on the road over a Top 20 program Saturday caught most observers off guard. Coach Paul Rhoads felt the win was deserved and an indicator of his team’s personality.

“We’ve got a lot of pride and resiliency,” Rhoads said. “Losing four in a row hurt, but we kept on working, improving and preparing better. (Saturday) we played a complete football game.”

Three years in a row, Rhoads’ Cyclones have shocked the experts with a Big 12 road victory against great odds.

“When I walked into the locker room after A&M, there was a buzz with the players,” Rhoads said. “They were pointed forward.”

Rhoads was asked Saturday night to identify the common thread of the upset wins at Nebraska, Texas and Texas Tech.

“It’s the eighth game of the season and we were on the road,” Rhoads said, noting the similarity to the 2009 win in Lincoln and the 2010 victory at Austin. “(Seriously), I’ve got a very resilient group of young men that I’ve been coaching for three years.”

Getting the players back on track for Saturday’s game with Kansas is the next challenge.

“Every game the rest of the year is a huge game,” Rhoads said. “I can’t wait to get started (preparing).”

For the ISU fan base, you can probably enjoy the 41-7 rout of the Red Raiders a bit longer. Your next assignment is showing up on Saturday with a lot of energy for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff against the Jayhawks. See you there!

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

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