After further reflection…

The indisputable statistical evidence suggests that Iowa State’s football team continues to takes positive strides even though it has not been rewarded on the won-loss ledger.

Three teams – Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma State – currently sit atop the Big 12 standings with 2-0 records. The Cyclones have played all three to open their league season.

No excuses. You play who is on the schedule and do your best.

On a weekly basis, gains are being made. The indisputable statistical evidence …

  • is that Iowa State rushed for a season-best 137 yards Saturday. Not good enough, but an improvement. Three of Iowa State’s six longest runs of the season came vs. Okie State.
  • is that the Cyclones intercepted two passes in the opening half in Stillwater – and have picked off at least one throw in four straight games – and also recorded three sacks in the first half vs. the Cowboys, before the game’s tone shifted at halftime.
  • is that ISU won the turnover (for the second time in ’14) and time of possession (first time this fall) comparisons against Oklahoma State.

Granted, there is disappointment in the Cyclone football camp from both fans and the team. That is the hard reality.

But, after further review, progress is being made and there are good opportunities ahead as the mid-point of the season is Saturday.

Time to move forward.

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