Iowa State overcame a lot to win today in Lincoln.
Its two best offensive players were out with injuries. Several Cyclones — many who were on the field for a lot of plays Saturday — were sick as dogs, including offensive guard Ben Lamaak, who had to battle behemoth Husker tackle Ndamukong Suh much of the day.
“We had fevers and guys missing practice throughout the week,” Coach Paul Rhoads said. “We had guys puking in buckets before the game, at the hotel, at halftime. I couldn’t be prouder of our football team.”
Knowing all that, what odds would you give ISU of beating Nebraska?
Fifteen percent? Worse?
It was a great win, one that will resonate with fans, boosters, players, coaches and others for a long time. It was fun to see smiles on the faces of people like administrators Jamie Pollard and David Harris, who live and die with this team every week and so badly want a winner in Ames.
Players were downright giddy.
And now, they’ve got to put that behind them as a trip to Texas A&M looms next week with bowl eligibility on the line.
Truthfully, I don’t think that will be a problem for this crew.