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Cyclone game day

TEMPE, AZ (KWWL) --  The big night has finally arrived for the Iowa State Cyclones and their fans.  For the first time since the 2005 Houston Bowl, the Cyclones are making a postseason appearance.

The week began with flurry of activity and has continued all through the week until kick off, but game day has finally arrived.

Nate Frere, a lineman for the Cyclones, says, "You need the preparation, but at some point during the week it's all feeling good. At the end you got the game. Everyone is starting to key on the game."

That's how the week began at practice for the Cyclones and they've continued to stay focused amidst all the hoopla.

Head Coach Paul Rhoads says, "We've made curfew every day.  We've practiced hard.  It's just something we've asked of them. We work in the morning and they have the rest of the day to enjoy themselves. They haven't taken advantage of that. I'm proud of that effort."

"Coach Rhoads always talks about not having a losing record this year and we don't plan on it anytime soon. The thing we're trying to bring home here is fun and memories.", says Cyclone Quarterback Austen Arnaud.

Those memories continued through the week as the team enjoyed the amenities Tempe had to offer, Rustler's Roost Steakhouse.  All while keeping their composure through the final media day.

And nothing was more evident why they were here than the final team rally when the Cyclones faithful showed up by the thousands.

Cyclone Power!

Kurt Bechtold, a Cyclone fan, says, "The crowd is going to absolutely a key element if the stadium is full of cyclone fans. I think we can make this just like a home game."

With the game just underway, both fans and the team alike have just one thing to do before the decade comes to a close and that's end the year with a "W".

Online Reporter: Matt Haupert

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