With Iowa State coming off not only a 31-30 loss but also a controversial ending last week against Texas, the Cyclones could be either really down or really motivated this week against Texas Tech.
“I would expect them to be pretty ticked off and coming out ready to go,” Tech co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said Monday. “They’re playing for a very passionate coach who cares a lot about his team obviously. I think when you have a situation like that, you want to get back on the field as quickly as possible.”
Iowa State led Texas 30-24 in a nationally televised Thursday night game before the Longhorns drove 75 yards for the winning touchdown with 51 seconds left. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, in a much publicized sound bite, bitterly denounced an officials’ ruling that Johnathan Gray’s forward progress was stopped before the UT running back fumbled near the goal line, keeping the drive alive.
“The view I had of that gigantic screen in the north end zone showed a guy that was not down and our guy with the football,” Rhoads said after the game.
The Big 12 reprimanded Rhoads two days later. He brings his team to Lubbock for an 11 a.m. game Saturday.
“From what I saw in that press conference, they’ll be fired up,” Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “He does an incredible job motivating those guys. You see that on tape, first and foremost, what jumps out at you. All those guys play their butts off each and every snap, and that’s a compliment to that head coach.”