Maybe it was the broadcast, but it didn't seem like there was as much energy in that place as you would expect.
Obviously, special teams lost it for us, but it was a good effort. We will not lose next year, or the next, or the next.
This game could have been won except for a couple ref calls, a missed tackle, or two penalities. We probbaly beat ourselves in the end when we had control in the second half. We now definitely need to beat UNLV at this point.
It is a tough loss, much like giving the game way to Toledo last year.
Ansd I would rather be 2-1 than 1-2 like last year. Glad Iowa won their super bowl, now let's get back to business.
ISU took a very young team into a hostile environment and was in a position to win going into the fourth quarter. Have some faith in your coaching staff. Yeah, we screwed some things up, but there is definate progress in our program.
If, and big if, we win next week on the road...then the WAY we lost today isn't such a negative. We did several things well today and I feel way better about the season than I did last year at this point, even though we beat Iowa. Next weeks game will determine whether today was a small step forward for our program or a big step backward.
Next week can't come soon enough right now. To make matters worse, it's still 3 weeks until Jack Trice is booming again. :no:
Must win. We operate on a very small margin for error and any game that is winnable like this one is is a must win.
UNLV plays Arizona State in Tempe tonight & the game is of course on FSN AZ. For those of you who might have a sports package through satellite cable, you can probably pick up the game on one of your channels. I'll be checking out the game tonight in it's entirety & if anything strikes me as relavent I'll be sure to post here.
Also, considering how many true/redshirt freshmen (not to mention older guys who are seeing the playing field for the first time) we have playing this year, I think getting their first taste of a truly hostile environment will be huge. Trust me, I was at ISU's last game in Vegas and I bet that the contingent of ISU fans present this year will be louder than the UNLV faithful even if we are outnumbered. In terms of managing a hostile environment, playing in Vegas is going to seem like cake compared to Iowa City. I'm not trying to downplay the possibility of other distractions that might arise with road games, but I'm certainly not worried about our young guys getting flustered after today's game.
I only know a couple of things about nevada las vegas: they cant draw flies er fans to their stadium and they are picked for last place in their conference just like Iowa State is in the big 12.
Ought to be a great game.:yes: