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September 5, 2013

Cyclones reeling

AMES, Iowa — It was supposed to be the perfect setup for Iowa State.

The Cyclones would work out their kinks in the opener against FCS school Northern Iowa. Then, they’d use the ensuing bye week as added preparation for the rival Iowa Hawkeyes — who they’d likely be favored to beat for the first time in recent memory.

After losing to the Panthers 28-20 last weekend, nothing seems assured for Iowa State anymore.

Northern Iowa exposed issues on both sides of the ball for the inexperienced Cyclones, who showed that those who picked them to finish ninth in the Big 12 might end up being right.

At least Iowa State has an extra week to fix what went wrong before hosting Iowa on Sept. 14.

“I think it’s a great thing this time. You know, when the schedule came out you wondered if that would be good,” Iowa State defensive coordinator Wally Burnham said about having such an early bye week. “But sometimes the good Lord blesses you in unknown ways.”

The Cyclones’ defense certainly needs more practice time after a lackluster showing against Northern Iowa. Iowa State had trouble tackling and stopping the Panthers on third downs, and they never had an answer for running back David Johnson.

Northern Iowa’s first three drives went for 69, 78 and 82 yards — and each finished in the end zone. As a result, Iowa State was behind by 14 points midway through the second quarter.

Johnson finished with a staggering 199 yards rushing and four TDs, including a pair of scoring catches.

Quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen completed 75 percent of his passes without a turnover, and the Panthers converted five of their 10 chances on third down.

“Missed alignments. Missed tackles. Basically, that’s it,” Burnham said. “We didn’t play with a lot of enthusiasm, like we should have for an opening game. But technically, we didn’t get lined up a few times and it really hurt us. Then we had a chance to make some stops on third down, and we had missed tackles.”

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