“The way (KU) lined up, you could tell they were bringing max blitz or max out block,” Sharp said. “I kind of expected it. We handled it really well. We had a great snap. We had a great operation time. Our shield was very firm — they just came on the outside and caught me. We got the penalty and we won the game.
“As soon as it happened, I was like, ‘All right, well, if it's a 15-yarder and not a 5-yarder, then we've got the game.' So I'll take it. It was a good thing. Everybody was joking in the locker room, ‘You got knocked out, but we'll take it for the penalty.'”
OPPONENT WATCH: IOWA STATE SEARCHING FOR RUN GAME
Like the Cowboys, ISU is coming off its worst rushing performance of the season, compiling just 65 yards on the ground against Kansas State last week. In fact, it was the Cyclones' lowest rushing output since it recorded negative-6 yards against Colorado in 2010.
All told, ISU has not had a 100-yard rusher in five weeks and ranks 85th in the nation in that category (143 yards allowed per game).
“We are disappointed in our effort running the football right now,” coach Paul Rhoads told the Ames Tribune. “We got to improve it. If you are going to be successful as a team, not just as an offense, but as a team, you got to be able to run the football.”
OSU's defense has performed well against the run this season, ranking 44th in the nation (134.4 yards allowed per game).