Iowa State needs to pump up its offense, and the Cyclones need to do it before playing at number-15 TCU on Saturday. That doesn't mean coach Paul Rhoads is about to change quarterbacks, but it's hard to see how the Cyclones can survive without a productive offense.
Iowa State only had 189 yards of offense in the 24-13 loss to Texas Tech. Quarterback Steele Jantz passed for just 73 yards while committing four turnovers and completing 10 of 20 passes.
Rhoads says Jantz wasn't the only problem with the offense.
"I don't think it's what we're going to see in practice, it's what we see on Saturday," said Rhoads. "Obviously, what we see in practice excites us. That's why he's the starter and that's also why he's 3 and 1."
Rhoads says he'll watch Jantz and backup Jared Barnett closely in practice before deciding on a starter for Saturday's game.
"He's re-focused and put that game behind him," says center Tom Farniok. "Everyone has those days. It happens."
"We'll expect him to keep doing what he's done in practice and that's performing well, throwing the ball accurately, making the right decisions at the line of scrimmage when he's faced with making the decisions himself," added Rhoads. "But more importantly we got to see him do it on game day when the lights are on."
Iowa State and Texas Christian play at 2:30 Saturday on F-X.
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