Iowa State will enter the stretch drive of its Big 12 season playing some of its best football.Several weeks ago, Coach Paul Rhoads complimented the play of Kansas State and noted how Bill Snyder’s teams don’t make mistakes. The Cyclones are playing much cleaner football in recent weeks. “We’re doing enough of the things that successful teams do to win,” Rhoads said on his post-game radio show Saturday. “We have to realize that and build on that.” Iowa State lost the turnover battle in three of its first four games of 2012 and had a minus five turnover ratio at that point. Since then, ISU has committed seven turnovers but forced 14 miscues against five schools (all of whom have spent time in the nation’s Top 25 this fall). Additionally, the Cyclones have had fewer penalties in all of its Big 12 games except OSU (Iowa State had six and Oklahoma State five when they met). In conference games, Iowa State has been penalized for 150 fewer yards than its foes. Good teams don’t make errors. This Cyclone club has steadily reduced its miscues all season. That’s good coaching and an attention to fundamentals by the players.
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