Rhoads' gutsy call backfires for Cyclones

Is there a Mad Hatter Jr. on the loose in Ames?

Iowa State scored what looked like a game-tying touchdown in overtime against Nebraska, but Paul Rhoads called for a fake extra point with the Big 12 North in the balance.

The Cyclones had the element of surprise and a wide-open Collin Franklin in the end zone, but punter Daniel Kuehl short-armed what should have been an easy game-winning pass. Instead, it was intercepted to secure the 31-30 win for Nebraska, who moves to 8-1 and 4-1 in Big 12 play, and most importantly, stays on top of the North division.

The call was debatable, but I was definitely in favor of it. Nebraska is a better team than Iowa State, even without Taylor Martinez. If you can get a chance to knock off a top-10 team with one play, you take it. Rhoads got it, the play call worked, but the execution failed.

Players, fans and media alike love gutsy play calls like the one Rhoads made, and it should have worked.

The Cyclones coach may have lost a game on Saturday, but he won over plenty of fans.