Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
It sounds like the long-suffering Iowa State fans have found a reason to believe with the arrival of Iowa native Paul Rhoads as the Cyclones' new head coach.
Thursday's opening game against North Dakota State has attracted a crowd of 48,831 to Jack Trice Stadium.
It's the largest opening-game crowd for the Cyclones since 1987.
Making the crowd even more impressive was that 1987 game featured arch-rival Iowa.
For Rhoads to help draw a near-sellout crowd for his first game is notable.
The Cyclones have a 24-10 lead and appear to have taken control by scoring on their first second-half possession.