“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller, author
The destination this week for the Iowa State football is Tulsa and Coach Paul Rhoads believes the trip could be a catalyst for improvement.
“A lot of times, it (going on the road) is good,” Rhoads said. “We are looking forward to taking a business trip and getting in that kind of atmosphere. You are more locked arms and have the people in the locker room (along with) parents and the great fans that follow you on the road.”
That type of support can be beneficial.
“Sometimes it is a very positive thing and we’ll try to generate that (feeling),” said Rhoads, who has enjoyed four of his monumental victories as a coach on the road.
The Cyclones won at Nebraska (first win in Lincoln in 32 years) in ‘09, at No. 22 Texas in ‘10, at No. 19 Texas Tech in ‘11 and at No. 15 TCU last fall. Tulsa isn’t ranked the but stakes are still big.
The last time that ISU dropped two home games in a row and then went on the road to get a victory was 2001. The Cyclones lost to Kansas State and Colorado at Jack Trice Stadium before whipping Kansas (49-7) in Lawrence. That run, of course, came midseason in conference play.
The only time in school history that Iowa State lost its first two games at home and then got their first victory of the year on the road was more than 90 years ago.
Coach Sam Willaman’s team dropped games to Coe (24-0) and Missouri (6-3) to open the 1922 season. That team then went to Grinnell and posted a 7-0 victory.
If Willaman’s name is familiar, he was the high school, and eventually, college coach for Jack Trice.
Maybe, there is some more road magic ahead. Rhoads has a history of such.