ISU looking to put together 4 solid quarters - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

ISU looking to put together 4 solid quarters


(Ames, Iowa)  It's on of the oldest adages in the game but it's the Iowa State Cyclones' biggest problem, playing a full 60 minutes.. 

The opening 30 minutes of Saturday's contest versus #16 Kansas were arguably the best of the Gene Chizik era.  Iowa State found the endzone on their first two possessions and held a 20-0 lead at halftime, then they forgot to come out of the locker room as Kansas blitzed the Cyclones for 28 straight points, an effort that would result in a 35-33 loss.

"I thought we played well in the first half and the fourth quarter," said ISU quarterback Austin Arnaud.  "The 3rd quarter we came out and weren't executing and not making plays.  That really hurt us."

Coach Chizik agreed, "the bottom line is everybody talks about playing 60 minutes, and we haven't done that, yet.  It's really disappointing to me."

This isn't the cCclones first disappearing act.  Two weeks ago at UNLV, it was like they never got off the plane, as they trailed the Running Rebels 21-0 at halftime.  A miraculous 98 yard drive sent the game to overtime tied at 28 before heartbreak ensued once again.

The week before at Kinnick Stadium, the Cyclones started three 3rd quarter drives deep in Iowa territory and came away with a total of 3 points in what would be a 17-5 loss.

All losses hurt but yesterday may have been the worst.

"Especially being at home and being up the way we were, and just giving it away.  There's an argument for us to be 5-0, but we just didn't finish games."

This week's game plan for  Baylor is simple, play four quarters. 

Powered by Frankly