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Cyclones look to fix defensive woes

Ames, Iowa -- Saturday against Texas A&M, Iowa State seemingly moved the ball at will scoring on 6 of their 11 possessions while piling up 574 yards of total offense.  Even that wasn't enough to end their current losing streak as they fell 49-35.

"It definitely hurts again losing," says quarterback Austen Arnaud, "It's the 6th week in a row we've lost and there's not much we can say about that.  We're just gonna get back and do it again."

While the Iowa State couldn't be stopped, the Cyclone defense couldn't make a stop as the Aggies especially thrashed the them on third down converting 11 of 14 attempts as ISU couldn't sustain any type of pressure on quarterback Jerrod Johnson sending the Cyclone faithful to the exits early.

"With a quarterback that's mobile he can hurt you sitting in the pocket or he can move around," says linebacker Fred Garrin, "so containing him, we didn't do a very good job of that and third downs killed us."

Coach Gene Chizik summed it up this way, "they really exploited us everywhere.  It wasn't just the middle of the field.  It was on the outsides of the field.  It was short.  They just pretty much had their way with us the whole night."

Now, with better quarterbacks and better offenses still on the schedule in the coming weeks, Coach Chizik knows that type of defense, if not corrected, will lead to more losses no matter how many points the offense puts on the board

"  They were productive.  They moved the football.  They threw it.  We ran it better, but at the end of the day if you can't play defense well you don't win."

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