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September 17, 2013

Big 12 teams take time off to make tweaks

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DES MOINES, Iowa —

“I think it’s a combination of a lot of things. Obviously the coaches always get blamed. But we’ve had 2-3 days of talking about things we need to do. We need to tweak some things, change some things around. But we got to get some guys in position where we have people open that will catch the ball. The other night we could have run the ball a little bit more effectively,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said.

Iowa State bizarre early season schedule includes a pair of byes following by back-to-back Thursday night games.

The Cyclones can only hope their second bye in September will help them turn things around.

Iowa State (0-2) remains the Big 12’s only winless team after losing to Iowa 27-21. The Cyclones needed a pair of touchdowns in the final five minutes to make the score seem more respectable.

Iowa State’s offensive line has struggled to open consistent holes for its backs, and quarterback Sam Richardson’s ability to run the ball was limited by an ankle injury. The Cyclones ran for 59 yards against the Hawkeyes, and Richardson was often under intense pressure from Iowa’s front four.

Iowa State plays at Tulsa next Thursday in a rematch of last season’s Liberty Bowl.

“We need to sustain and finish blocks,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “We need to provide our quarterback longer pass protection.”

Three of the six Big 12 teams that play this weekend are home favorites, as Kansas (1-1) hosts Louisiana Tech, No. 20 Baylor (2-0) plays Louisiana-Monroe and Texas Tech (3-0) faces Texas State on Saturday.

West Virginia, Kansas State (2-1) and Texas (1-2) are the only Big 12 schools with so-called “big games” on Saturday, and the Longhorns and Wildcats get each other in Austin.

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