STANZ: I hate everything –


Sep 25, 2021; Waco, Texas, United States; Iowa State Cyclones defensive lineman Zach Petersen (55) chases Baylor Bears quarterback Gerry Bohanon (11) in the first half at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

I hate everything.

I hate that I hate everything because I normally don’t. Right now, however, I do. I hate everything.

Alright maybe I don’t hate all, but I hate a lot of things and a lot of those things come from Iowa State’s 31-29 loss to Baylor on Saturday in Waco.

I hate that Iowa State football is 2-2 after going through the most hyped offseason in program history. I hate that I have a pretty big hand in this hype and I hate the disappointment people feel after this hype hasn’t been achieved in four games.

I hate that I was wrong. A lot of people were. There are still eight games on the schedule for this Iowa State team to do special things. They might come back to the Big 12 title game, but now it’s now largely out of their hands apart from having to win all the remaining games on the schedule.

I hate that special teams inexplicably remain an Achilles heel for this program. The Cyclones missed a field goal and allowed a punt return touchdown in this game. They allowed for a long punt return that put the Bears up to an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter.

I hate that whenever Iowa State has been able to gain momentum this season, they find a way to shoot themselves in the foot. Breece Hall played his best game of the season at Waco, he really looked like himself in 2020 for the first time this year, while compiling 180 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He ran 30-yard, 32-yard and 34-yard runs in this game.

I hate that Brock Purdy’s pass two plays after Hall’s 34-yard run was knocked down in the air by a defensive lineman and landed in the hands of Bears linebacker Garmon Randolph. I don’t blame Purdy for that. His offensive linemen need to be able to knock defenders’ hands down on the line of scrimmage.

I hate that special teams mistakes put imperfections on the Iowa State defense ledger. Jon Heacock’s squad struggled for the first 30 minutes, but they couldn’t have been better in the 30 seconds, allowing the Bears just 70 yards of attack and three points, which, again, were set up by the long punt return granted by the special teams unit.

I hate the call of play on Iowa State’s two-point conversion attempt with less than half a minute on the clock and a chance to tie the game. Why go under center at this point, the biggest moment of the game and, perhaps, of the season at this point, when you are performing 98 percent (rough estimate) of your shotgun plays?

I hate that the Cyclones left Waco with a timeout in their pocket when it could have been used before this two-point game to, at least, make sure everyone was on the same page. What is in a hurry at this time?

I hate that I don’t have much else to say for you guys right now. I wish there were more analytical thoughts in my mind right now, but I’m disappointed like the rest of you. It sucks.

I hate that this has happened to this group of young men. They are all great kids. They care about Iowa State football. A lot. I can’t even imagine what they are feeling right now. They deserve better. They won better. Sport sometimes sucks.

Right now, this is one of those times.

Hate that we have to wait a week until we can get this taste out of our mouths. At least Kansas is coming to town next week. I don’t hate it.

I will have a lot more to say about Football (And Random Things) on Monday. I’ll be in a better mood with more scans, but I just don’t have it in my brain yet.

I’m too busy hating everything.

Jared stansbury

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Jared, from Clarinda, Iowa, started as a Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, working primarily as a videographer until he dabbled in women’s basketball ahead of the 2014-15 season. After graduating from Iowa State with his BA in Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2016, Jared was hired as a full-time editor for the site, taking over as a senior day-to-day football reporter and men’s basketball. He was elevated to editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular appearances on Midwestern radio stations. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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