What we learned in the Big 12, Week 8 - Big 12 - ESPN
3. The best coaching job in the country Saturday was turned in by Paul Rhoads. Sure, the Cyclones had a few breaks with all of the turnovers. But the new Iowa State coach directed his team to a 9-7 victory over Nebraska without starting quarterback Austen Arnaud and leading rusher Alexander Robinson in the lineup. And the Cyclones did it despite a virus that caused many members of the team to get sick in the locker room during halftime. Rhoads is the first ISU coach to win five games in his first season since George Veenker in 1931. And with one more victory, he’ll have them headed to their first bowl game since 2005.