Off to an amazing start at 13-0

Iowa State Athletics

Iowa State finished undefeated in nonconference play for the third time in school history.

Right after our last nonconference game, we all knew it was a clean slate. Coach told us right away our record was now 0-0.

However, coming out of nonconference with an11-0 record wasn’t a bad way to head into the Big 12 schedule. It was just the third time in school history the Cyclones have gone undefeated in nonconference play.

As Coach [Bill] Fennelly put it, we don’t get a big award or banner hung, but the pride of winning those games counts for a lot. It gave us that boost going into conference play, especially with our first two Big 12 games on the road.

Going into conference play was something new. I instantly noticed the pace, style and atmosphere of the game had changed.

Our first away game at TCU was a solid win to start off our conference play. Heading right back on the road with a matchup against a ranked Oklahoma team was going to be huge. With a close, exciting game throughout, plus overtime, we ended with an amazing team win over Oklahoma.

A 13-0 record is amazing. We’ve been told this is the best start in school history, but that’s exactly what this is -- just a start. There’s a lot of work to be done. As Coach says every game, it’s all about the “next 40 minutes.”