BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Dan McCarney's voice was all but gone.
The Iowa State coach had screamed himself hoarse during the
Cyclones' 33-16 loss to the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.
But McCarney, who announced Wednesday he'll step down following
the season, wasn't going to allow emotion to creep into his
crackling voice after the game.
And he succeeded -- for a little bit.
McCarney was on the verge of tears after being asked about his
pre-game stroll Saturday. He drank in all the sights, sounds and
smells during his final road game for Iowa State.
"I had a great 12 years," McCarney said after pausing to
collect his emotions. "It's going to be hard to say goodbye. I've
loved every minute."
Maybe not every minute of this particular game. The Buffaloes
(2-9, 2-5 Big 12) entered the contest with the worst scoring
offense (14.9) in the Big 12 but scored on their first seven
possessions. Colorado had a season-high 463 yards of offense.
Colorado quarterback Bernard Jackson was 13 of 19 for 200 yards
and two touchdown passes. He also ran for 69 yards and a 5-yard
touchdown on a sneak in the second quarter.
"That is exactly how our offense is supposed to be happening,"
McCarney refused to pin his team's sluggish play on his
"Those kind of things are just excuses," McCarney said. "We
had just as much preparation time as Colorado did. They played like
a team that's won a lot of games this year."
Colorado kicker Mason Crosby came back for his senior year for
games just like this. Crosby hit four field goals to become the
first Colorado player to eclipse the 300-point mark in his career.
It's the fourth time he's kicked four field goals in a game and the
second time doing it against Iowa State (3-8, 0-7).
"He's the best kicker in the history of college football,"
McCarney wasn't upset when Colorado sent Crosby out to attempt a
65-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter. Crosby had the
accuracy, but it was a yard short.
"I got it up just a little too high," Crosby said. "It was
It's not often the crowd will give a kicker a standing ovation
for a miss.
Meyer finished 17 of 28 for 192 yards. He also caught a 19-yard
pass from receiver Austin Flynn on a gadget play.
The Cyclones opened the game with a patchwork offense due to
injuries. The Cyclones were without their top two running backs --
Stevie Hicks (right knee) and Jason Scales (sprained left ankle) --
and receiver Todd Blythe (virus).
Fullback Ryan Kock was moved to tailback and set a career-high
for yards (38) on the opening drive. He finished with 82 yards on
18 carries and scored on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter.
He didn't know until just before the first play he'd be the
"They called my number and I did the best I could," Kock said.
Davis' 21-yard touchdown grab was his first catch since
suffering a collapsed lung against Kansas State on Oct. 28. He
missed last weekend's game against Kansas.
The Buffaloes came out throwing deep on the opening drive. Alvin
Barnett hauled in a 38-yard catch to open the game and had a
26-yard touchdown grab three plays later.
Colorado's Mell Holliday rushed for a career-high 126 yards in
his final home game.
Before the game, Colorado honored 23 seniors playing their final
game at Folsom Field. These are players who've ridden a
roller-coaster of emotions with a recruiting scandal, Gary
Barnett's firing last December and the start of a new coaching era
with Dan Hawkins.
Senior Thaddaeus Washington said the team is headed in the right
"We've been down for a while and it's an up time now," said
Washington, who played despite having his two front teeth chipped
in half last weekend. "We came out playing for each other."
The Cyclones will be playing for McCarney next Saturday against
Missouri in their season finale.
"I'm hoping that everyone's going to be emotional and have a
heck of a game," linebacker Tyrone McKenzie said.
McCarney downplayed his final home game.
"This is for the kids that will put on the uniform for the last
time," he said. "I'll coach again."
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