TheRoundUp 9/14: Iowa St. tries to focus on a long-delayed rematch

Iowa State football: Wait for rematch is almost over for Cyclones, UConn | The Des Moines Register |
Friday’s ESPN2 showdown between Iowa State and Connecticut is the second installment of a two-game agreement that was originally signed in September of 2001 – when most of the current players were starring for their Pop Warner teams.

College football: Cyclones try to turn page to Huskies
"You have the physical preparation you have to take care of (for Connecticut) and there is the mental work you have to take care of," Rhoads said. "That is focusing on the next opponent, putting the last game behind us ... the positive is to be able to site specific examples where we haven't done that and learned from it and where we have done it.

UConn Football: Iowa State Comes To East Hartford - Hartford Courant
With a short week of practice and a trip an unfamiliar destination, there is little time to revel in the Iowa victory. There's a good chance most or all of the Iowa State players have never been to Rentschler or even to Connecticut. The Cyclones' roster includes 54 players from Iowa, 24 from Texas, 18 from Florida and 14 from California, and none from the Northeast.

Journal Inquirer > Archives > Sports > UConn offense must try to 'First, do no harm'
All UConn needed was competency. The Huskies didn’t even need production. They just needed to play the game straight. The offense had to not lose the game. It was too much to ask.

UConn needs to correct offensive woes as Iowa State visits -
Perhaps the one victory that truly got the UConn football program started on the road to relevance was a 2003 upset of Iowa State. With the Cyclones coming to East Hartford for a long-delayed rematch Friday, the Huskies could use a jumpstart.

UConn CB Dwayne Gratz Learns From His Mistakes - Hartford Courant
"I thought I showed a lot of maturity after it happened," said Gratz, referring to Chris Boyd's 42-yard TD reception in the first quarter. "Last year I remember the Cincinnati game I had a couple balls thrown my way, they were caught, and I got rattled. This year is different. I've been through it all so I just know I have to step up and make plays, even though some might not go my way."

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