Job is safe, but Mahoney better get straight

Grant Mahoney remains Iowa State’s starting place kicker.

And while Coach Paul Rhoads admitted — to no one’s surprise — that his field goal game was “suspect”, Mahoney is his guy going forward. The Cyclones play at Nebraska Saturday at 11:30 a.m.

“My confidence in him has not weakened,” Rhoads said. “If I get an opportunity to kick a 50-yard field goal against Nebraska Saturday morning, that’s what I am going to do. I’m going to call on him to go kick it and expect that he’ll hit it well.”

Mahoney missed three of four field-goal attempts last week against Baylor, including a 30- and a 35-yarder. He is 9 of 14 on the season. 

Those misfires came right after Mahoney failed on three consecutive PATs against Kansas State and Kansas. The sophmore from Marion made 47 straight to begin his career.

ISU beat Baylor comfortably, but would’ve liked Mahoney to made good on his tries.

He has a strong leg. Now it’s time he reclaim the accuracy he’s shown is in him.

“Those are points that are going to cost us and prohibit us from winning football games moving forward,” Rhoads said.

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