The Iowa State Cyclones Stand 2-2 on the season and 0-1 in conference play. As they head to Norman, they’ll take on the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners hoping to make a statement. With a history of slaying giants, should fans be worried?
Currently, the Cyclones are posting 32.8 points per game. Led by star running back, David Montgomery, ISU poses a real threat on the ground. Through four games, the sophomore has racked up 355 yards. However many questioned the play calling in the last outing as Montgomery failed to receive a desirable number of touches. Expect that to change come Saturday as the coaching staff should challenge a suspect rushing defense from OU.
Through the air, Jacob Park completes 61.7% of his pass attempts. Of course, Pakr’s favorite target is All-Big 12 caliber receiver, Allen Lazard. The senior wife put has recorded a team high 24 receptions while crossing the goal line three times this season. Yet, Lazard is not the only threat down field.
Complimenting the effort, Hakeem Butler leads the team in receiving yards at 296. The big play threat has also been responsible for three touchdowns. As a duo, these two provide a stiff challenge for any defense provided Park has time to make the pass — ISU has surrendered a mere five sacks this season.
Switching sides of the ball, Joel Lanning has become a force to be reckoned with. Originally a quarterback with the program, the senior has flourished after moving to linebacker. Leading the team in tackles, Lanning has tallied 46 total tackles.
As a team, Iowa State has made a living in the back field. Finding the ball carrier time and time again, the Cyclones have come up with 32 tackles for loss.
In the secondary, Kamari Cotton-Moya has produced two of the six interceptions. In total this defense has turned eight turnovers into opportunities for the offense. The effort sets the margin at +.75 for the year.