Cyclones new quarterback making plays early

Missouri and Iowa State are still scoreless in Ames, but the sophomore quarterback Jerome Tiller, making just his third career start, is playing well in place of Austen Arnaud early.

On the Cyclones' opening drive, he ran for a first down on an 11-yard gain, and converted a 3rd-and-15 with a 23-yard pass to Darius Darks.

On their second drive, he converted a 3rd-and-8 with a 12-yard completion to Darius Reynolds.

That's definitely a good sign for the Cyclones, who need a win to qualify for a bowl game, without the help of their third-year starting quarterback.

If Tiller is feeling the effects of the pressure, it hasn't shown up in his play here on the Cyclones' first couple of drives.