Tag:Paul Rhoads
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Iowa State WR hit with felony robbery charge

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State sophomore wide receiver Albert Gary had a warrant issued for his arrest on Wednesday morning by university police, and Gary turned himself in to a local sheriff's office. He has since posted bond and been released.

The receiver is alleged to have commited first-degree robbery, which is a class B felony and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

In June Gary allegedly held up a man at gunpoint on campus along with a group of others. Gary then fled the scene with the others after police had been called, and four pellet guns were found north of the crime scene. Police determined that Gary had been involved during their investigation.

As for what this would mean for Gary's availability to the Cyclones, you'd think getting charged with a felony would probably cut into your playing time, but as of now that's not the case. When reached on Tuesday about the story, head coach Paul Rhoads said that the team was aware of the incident and that Gary had been suspended for three games earlier this season.

He did not indicate that Gary would have to sit out Friday night's game against Oklahoma State, though I'd expect that to change before long.
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:02 am
 

Keys to the Game: Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State

Posted by Tom Fornelli

IOWA STATE WILL WIN IF: It plays the game of its season. Though don't think that it's not possible, even if it does sound totally crazy. There are a few factors at play here. First of all, this is the last game on Oklahoma State's schedule before Bedlam, and it wouldn't be the first time a football team got caught looking ahead. Second of all, Iowa State was off last weekend, so it has had an extra week to prepare. The question is will that extra week be enough for the Iowa State defense to figure out how to stop the juggernaut that is the Oklahoma State offense. Well, this Cyclones defense isn't terrible. It's only allowing 392.2 yards per game at home this season, but it's also allowed 28 points per game in those contests. It also hasn't faced an offense of this caliber, so Paul Rhoads' team is going to have its hands full.

OKLAHOMA STATE WILL WIN IF: It gets its mind off of Oklahoma and a national championship and focuses on the task at hand. On paper this Cowboys team is simply better than Iowa State and can overmatch it. Pushing things further in Oklahoma State's favor is the turnover battle. We all know that Oklahoma State has forced more turnovers (34) than any team in the country. Well, do you know which team in the Big 12 has turned the ball over the most? Yep, Iowa State, which has 23 turnovers, or 2.56 turnovers per game. If that continues on Saturday in Ames then Oklahoma State shouldn't have much trouble with the Cyclones.

X-FACTOR: Jared Barnett. Since the freshman quarterback took the starting job from Steele Jantz, he's played reasonably well. He hasn't done a lot of damage with his arm, as he's completing only 49% of his passes and has 1 touchdown pass in three games. What Barnett has done well, however, is use his legs. In his three starts Barnett has averaged 94.33 yards rushing per game. The toughest time the Oklahoma State defense had this season was a few weeks ago against Kansas State and Collin Klein -- a quarterback who is much more dangerous on the ground than through the air. If Barnett and the Cyclones can take a page from Kansas State's book in that contest, it may make this game a lot more interesting than anyone expects it to be.
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:13 am
Edited on: November 6, 2011 1:26 am
 

Big 12 Winners and Losers: Week 10



Posted by Tom Fornelli


A handy recap of who really won and who really lost that you won't find in the box score.

WINNER: Oklahoma State's BCS title dreams

This was here last week as well, but that doesn't change the fact that it's true. Though Kansas State gave Oklahoma State just about everything it could handle on Saturday night the Cowboys still emerged from the scorched earth and rumbling fault line that was Boone Pickens Stadium with a win. Now the Cowboys are 9-0 on the season and will move up in the BCS standings to the second spot after Alabama's loss to LSU.

So as long as Oklahoma State keeps winning -- and there are still three games to go, so nothing is guaranteed -- then it's going to end up in New Orleans. There is no Big 12 title game to get in the way, though a game against Oklahoma will serve as the Big 12 championship, but at least it's played in Stillwater and not Jerry World.

WINNER: Brandon Weeden's Heisman hopes

With Alabama losing that hurts Trent Richardson's chances because voters tend to vote for the best players on the best teams, and since Alabama has a loss now, they won't be considered one of the best teams. It's stupid, but it's reality. Now, Weeden likely won't be able to pass Andrew Luck without Stanford suffering a loss, but he's still the quarterback of the #2 team in the country. That alone is enough to get you consideration these days, let alone the fact that Weeden's now thrown for 3,212 yards this season and 26 touchdowns on one of the best offenses in the country.

LOSER: Ryan Broyles

To be clear, there has never been an injury suffered by any player that I've enjoyed. Every single one of them stinks, but Ryan Broyles' torn ACL on Saturday made me sadder than most. This is a kid that has not only been a great player during his career at Oklahoma, but someone who passed up on the chance to become a millionaire in the NFL last spring so he could return to Norman and play for a national title. Now his season is over and his draft stock is going to plummet. This world has never been fair, but sometimes it's just downright cruel.

LOSER: Preseason expectations

Before this season started Texas A&M was ranked 8th in the AP poll and 9th in the Coaches poll. Well, just in case you needed any more evidence to see why preseason polls are absolutely ridiculous since we're offering opinions on teams before seeing a single down played, just look at Texas A&M. After getting beat soundly by Oklahoma on Saturday the Aggies are now 5-4 and 3-3 in the Big 12 staring at a date in the Alamo or Sun Bowl. Considering that the school is moving to the SEC next year, those preseason expectations may also end up costing Mike Sherman his job.

WINNER: Smashmouth football in Austin

Why should Bryan Harsin even bother calling a pass at this point? Over the last two weeks he's seen his offense rush for 880 yards and 11 touchdowns. After scoring 6 rushing touchdowns against Texas Tech it's the first time the Longhorns have run for at least 5 scores in consecutive games since 2005. Making things even more impressive, the Longhorns didn't even have Malcolm Brown available on Saturday. The combination of Brown and Joe Bergeron over the next few seasons, with some David Ash mixed in, is going to keep defensive coordinators up at night.

LOSER: Justin Tucker

Who is Justin Tucker? I'm glad you asked. Justin Tucker is Texas' punter. He's only had to punt once the last two weeks. Though I suppose that could just as easily make him a winner. Plus, at least he's also the placekicker and gets to kick field goals from time to time. Just to keep his leg from falling asleep.

WINNER: Baylor's offensive virility

Yes Baylor was able to put up a lot of yards in its last two games against Texas A&M and Oklahoma State, but it still wasn't able to put a lot of points on the scoreboard in either matchup. That changed on Saturday night against Missouri when the Bears not only scored 42 points to beat Missouri 42-39, but also picked up a school record of 697 yards of total offense in the process. Robert Griffin was responsible for 470 of those yards and 4 touchdowns while Terrence Ganaway rushed for 186 yards on only 12 carries. 15.5 yards per carry is a pretty good clip.

LOSER: Texas Tech

What the hell has happened, Raiders? Two weeks ago you were ahead of Oklahoma 31-7 in the second half, preparing to shock the world. Since then you've been outscored 124-37. I mean, you lost to Iowa State 41-7 last week and Iowa State was only able to beat Kansas 13-10 on Saturday night. Kansas!

WINNER: Speaking of Iowa State...

Hey, so it wasn't pretty, but the Cyclones picked up a 13-10 win against Kansas on Saturday night. The win improved Paul Rhoads' team to 5-4 on the season, which means it's only one win shy of bowl eligibility. That's great news for the program. Unfortunately, here's the bad news: Iowa State's last three games are against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Kansas State.

LOSER: Kansas' chances of winning a Big 12 game in 2011

Listen, we all know Kansas is a bad football team. I'm not going to pile on the program even more, but the school's best chance of winning a Big 12 game this season was on Saturday night in Ames, and the Jayhawks fell short 13-10. Now the Jayhawks finish the year with Baylor, Texas A&M and Missouri. Three teams who aren't untouchable by any means, but I'm not liking Kansas' chances in any of them.
Posted on: October 29, 2011 10:51 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 10:51 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 41 Texas Tech 7

Posted by Tom Fornelli

IOWA STATE WON. So much for any momentum that Texas Tech may have brought into this game after beating Oklahoma last week. Texas Tech came out like a team that spent a bit too much time celebrating that upset, and Iowa State had no problem punching the Red Raiders right in the face from the opening whistle. Thanks to a couple of Texas Tech turnovers, Iowa State had a 21-0 lead in this one before the first quarter had even ended, and if not for an Iowa State fumble at the goal line, it easily could have been 28-0.

Jared Barnett didn't have a great night passing in his first career start, but he did rush for 92 yards and a touchdown. As a team Iowa State finished the night with 368 yards on the ground, led by James White's 138 yards and Duran Hollis' 102 yards.

WHY IOWA STATE WON. It actually came to Lubbock ready to play a football game, while Texas Tech seemed to figure that beating Oklahoma meant it would beat Iowa State as well. Also playing a large factor, you know those 368 rushing yards I mentioned earlier? Yeah, well all those yards helped Iowa State keep possession of the ball for 40 minutes in this game. Time of possession is an overrated stat in football, but when you're down 21 points so early, you need to have the ball to come back. Texas Tech rarely had it.

WHEN IOWA STATE WON. After Seth Doege scored a touchdown in the second quarter to cut Iowa State's lead to 21-7, there was a sense that Texas Tech was going to get back into this one. Only, they never did. Iowa State would tack on a field goal before the break and when Duran Hollis took off for a 71-yard touchdown run a minute into the second half, this one was over.

WHAT IOWA STATE WON. The Cyclones finally picked up their first conference win of the season on Saturday night, and they also got back to 4-4 on the season. Which means that a bowl game is not out of the picture for Paul Rhoads and Iowa State.

WHAT TEXAS TECH LOST. Well, let's just say the Raiders time in the Top 25 will be short-lived after this one. Also, any positive feelings about the direction of the program after the Oklahoma upset are gone after taking such a beating at home.

THAT WAS CRAZY. As I documented on the blog earlier, the fact that Jared Barnett was put back in the game after taking a blow to the head in the first half was not an intelligent decision.
Posted on: October 22, 2011 7:19 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 7:20 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Texas A&M 33 Iowa State 17

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS A&M WON. This week's performance from the Aggies wasn't nearly as impressive as the one we saw against Baylor last week, but I'm sure Mike Sherman's team will be happy to head home with a win. Texas A&M got off to a slow start in this game, trailing Iowa State 7-3 after the first quarter but the Aggies righted the ship in the second quarter to take a lead it never gave back. Ryan Tannehill didn't have a great game, completing only 23 of his 42 passes for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his running backs more than picked up the slack. Cyrus Gray rushed for 139 yards but was outdone by his backfield partner Christine Michael, who finished with 142 yards and a touchdown.

WHY TEXAS A&M WON. The Iowa State offense just couldn't get anything going on Saturday. Starting quarterback Steele Jantz got the hook after Iowa State's first two possessions after failing to complete a pass to anybody on his team, and redshirt freshman Jared Barnett took his place. Barnett had some positive results on his first drive, as Iowa State marched downfield for a touchdown, but after that life got a lot tougher for the Cyclones offense. Barnett finished the day 16/36 for 180 yards.

WHEN TEXAS A&M WON. While Iowa State hung around and kept things close in the fourth quarter, you never really got the sense that the Cyclones would be able to complete the comeback following a touchdown run from Christine Michael that made the score 30-7 in the third quarter.

WHAT TEXAS A&M WON. By picking up this win on the road Texas A&M improved to 3-1 in the Big 12 which keeps the Aggies hopes of winning the Big 12 alive at the moment. Sure, they'll need to win out and have to hope Oklahoma State trips up twice, but stranger things have happened in the world of college football.

WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. Aside from the fact that Paul Rhoads may not know who his quarterback is going to be next week against Texas Tech, his team's chance of getting back to a bowl game this season may have died on Saturday afternoon. The Cyclones are 0-4 in the Big 12 now and need three more wins this year to go bowling. At the moment the only game on Iowa State's remaining schedule in which you could consider the Cyclones a favorite is in two weeks against Kansas.

THAT WAS CRAZY. Paul Rhoads: Angry Dancing Machine.

Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:10 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 11:10 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Texas 37 Iowa State 14

Posted by Tom Fornelli

TEXAS WON. The Longhorns are slowly starting to resemble the Longhorns of old these last few weeks. Texas had a rather easy time with a quality opponent on the road for the second game in a row, this time handing Iowa State its first loss of the season. The Texas offense wasn't fantastic, as it totalled only 400 yards of offense on the night, and went 4-of-14 on third downs, but it protected the ball and took advantage of opportunities it was given. On the other side of the ball, Texas forced three early turnovers to help put Iowa State in a deep hole early, and stymied the Cyclones offense for most of the night.

HOW TEXAS WON. With early help from Iowa State. The Cyclones turned the ball over three times in the first quarter which helped the Longhorns jump out to a 13-0 lead in the first fifteen minutes. The Longhorns would take a 34-0 lead into the locker room at halftime after the Iowa State offense failed to get anything going in the second quarter.

WHEN TEXAS WON. While the Longhorns had to be disappointed that they were only up 13-0 after forcing three turnovers in the first quarter, when David Ash hit Mike Davis for a 48-yard touchdown to put Texas up 20-0 early in the second quarter, Iowa State was on life support. Josh Turner then pulled the plug on the Cyclones when he scooped up a blocked punt and took it 34 yards to the house to make it 27-0 six minutes later.

WHAT TEXAS WON. Texas is getting its confidence back. It had to feel nice to get a bit of revenge against Iowa State after the Cyclones beat the Longhorns in Austin last season. More importantly for Texas, although the team is not fully back to the form we've grown accustomed to seeing over the last decade, this is a team that looks like it's starting to believe in itself again. Ever since Garrett Gilbert was replaced with Ash and Case McCoy, the team has looked a lot smoother, and with a game against Oklahoma looming on the schedule next Saturday, that confidence couldn't have come at a better time.

WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. Iowa State had to be feeling pretty good about itself after picking up wins over Iowa and UConn in its last two games, but it got a bit of a wake up call on Saturday night. This is a team that is improving under Paul Rhoads, but it also showed us on Saturday that it's a team that's not exactly ready to compete for a Big 12 title yet. Of course, that doesn't mean that the Cyclones can't make some noise in the Big 12 this year, and a bowl berth is still in play as long as the Cyclones can shake this loss off.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 11:50 am
 

Two Big 12 QB battles settled

Posted by Tom Fornelli

While the most discussed quarterback competition in the Big 12 is the one at Texas, two other Big 12 schools settled their quarterback debates over the weekend. Both Iowa State and Kansas named starting quarterbacks.

First we'll start in Ames where Paul Rhoads named Steele Jantz the Cyclones starting quarterback. Now, while Rhoads maintains that Jantz won the battle in practice, it should also be pointed out that Jantz's main competition, Jerome Tiller, has been ruled academically ineligible. Which makes the competition a bit easier to win.

“Steele Jantz will be our starting quarterback when we open up the 2011 season Sept. 3 here in Jack Trice Stadium against UNI,” Rhoads said on Saturday. “Steele emerged from a group of three quarterbacks, as you know, by displaying the three qualities we were looking for most consistently. That’s decision-making. That’s throwing accuracy and that’s getting things done with his feet.”

Still, besides having an awesome name, Jantz seems to have a nice arm as well. The junior college transfer threw for 3,075 yards and 23 touchdowns last season at City College of San Francisco.

Meanwhile, at Kansas, in an announcement that wasn't much of a surprise, Jordan Webb will start the season atop the depth chart for the Jayhawks. Webb played in nine of Kansas' 12 games in 2010, throwing for 1,195 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Numbers that are going to have to improve in 2011 if the Jayhawks don't want to finish the season as one of the worst offenses in the country again. 
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 12:14 pm
 

Paul Rhoads can't get over loss to Nebraska

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has done many things since taking over the Cyclones that have made me a bit fond of him. While punching an animatronic moose is always a good way to earn my respect, Rhoads has also done a few things on the football field to catch my attention.

One moment in particular involved Iowa State's overtime loss to Nebraska last season. Coming off of a win against Texas a few weeks earlier, the Cyclones were able to force overtime against Nebraska after coming back from a 24-10 deficit in the fourth quarter. On the first possession of overtime Nebraska scored to take a 31-24 lead, but this did not deter Iowa State, as the Cyclones would score a touchdown of their own.

Then Rhoads made a decision I respected. Many head coaches would have just kicked the extra point, content to head to a second overtime against a favored opponent. Not Rhoads, though. Instead he called for a fake extra point to go for the win. The play would not work, but I respected Rhoads for the decision, and he said on Tuesday that the play still eats at him. Not that he called it, but that it didn't work.

“It's a call that I relive and a play I relive every week,” Rhoads told The Oklahoman. “There's not a week that goes by that I don't think about the play and what it could have created for our football team and our football program.

“There was a lot of thought that went into our week's preparation. And as the game went along, it was a play I studied and certainly was there. The intended receiver was wide open, from me to you wide open, and we failed to execute. That's the name of the game, when it's a play like that, the final game of a game or the first play of the game, you have to execute to be successful.

“The fallout was positive, if anything, from players to fans to most people I talked to they thought it was a right call, gutsy call, but the right call, and would have given us an opportunity to really springboard our program.” 

While I appreciated the call as well, there was one thing I disagreed with. I'm of the opinion that if you're going to go for a two-point conversion and a win, don't do it on a trick play. Send your offense out there and tell them to pick up two yards. In the fake extra point you have too many players playing a key role that don't normally play in those roles, and in one of the most pressure-packed situations you can have: you make it and win, or you don't and you lose.

That pressure seemed to get to Daniel Kuehl when he short-armed his throw to a wide open Collin Franklin that day.
 
 
 
 
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