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November 19, 2013

Struggling Iowa State preps for 3-7 Kansas

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For a team that's grown accustomed to having bad things happen, that run by Williams proved to be the tipping point.

Clay Brennan had a 63-yard TD run, Trevor Knight had a 56-yard touchdown and Williams ran another one in from 19 yards out as the Sooners racked up 405 yards on 44 carries.

"That's the challenge of a team that has things stacked against them, to not allow that run to happen, to be able to fight through the first piece of adversity that you saw," Rhoads said.

Iowa State's losing streak has left them with little but pride and momentum for next season to play for.

There is reason to believe that the program is in better shape than its 1-9 record might indicate. The Cyclones have been banged up all year — especially along the offensive line and at quarterback — and five of their losses have been by single digits.

But while Iowa State's players insist that they continue to believe in themselves, it'd be a lot easier to continue to do so through the season finale at West Virginia on Nov. 30 if they can at least beat Kansas.

"I think we got confidence coming out of the Oklahoma game, even in the loss," Rhoads said. "Not enough to match Kansas's will be, with the elation that went along with that victory. But hopefully enough to propel into a good week of practice and taking the field with the mindset to overcome whatever adversity is going to come our way. Because it's going (to). It's a football game."

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