"I don't know what the exact numbers were, but there were a lot of fans there and they were into the football game, and for our kids to be able to go out and deliver a victory for the fans who came out and gave us support with the students gone for Thanksgiving break, that was uplifting and exciting for our football team."
THE CYCLONES spent much of this season looking for a quarterback. They found their starter for next season. Rhoads said Monday that Grant Rohach, who will start against the Mountaineers, will be the starter when Iowa State begins spring practice.
Sam Richardson started the first eight games, but Rohach has started the last three and led the way to the best offensive showing of the season against Kansas.
It was 8 degrees at kickoff.
"I don't think in Southern California he probably ever played in game like that," Rhoads said of Rohach, the redshirt freshman from Moorpark, Calif.
Rohach, who was the scout team offensive player of the year last season and invited to the Elite 11 camp a year earlier, completed 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first 300-yard game and the first time a quarterback completed 70 percent of his throws since last year's win against Kansas.
"Let me tell you, it was nothing short of magnificent," Rhoads said. "My appreciation for what he did with the football was really strengthened on Sunday when we watched the tape. The kid played a great football game. He was throwing strikes on a night that I didn't think it would be able to happen. It wasn't taking place very successfully on the other side.
"Three-hundred yards passing, (75) percent completion percentage, and it didn't matter if it was swing bubble passes or a post down the field. He was throwing them all on the money when hands were like cardboard and balls were like bricks. It was a magnificent performance."
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