Iowa State' s up-tempo, spread offense is the kind of system Rutgers revamped its defense to stop, Tom Luicci of The Star-Ledger reports.
"They’re very similar to what we’ve seen against Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Cincinnati," linebacker Khaseem Greene said. "The difference is they have a mobile quarterback who can move and has a big-league arm and can make something happen with his feet."
Greene was referring to Cyclones freshman quarterback Jared Barnett, who has passed for 1,178 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions, but has used his athleticism to run for 435 yards and a touchdown since replacing Steele Jantz midway through the regular season.
Appearing in a bowl game was a goal of Barnett's, Andrew Logue of The Des Moines Register reports.
This is definitely a goal I’ve been trying to accomplish," Barnett said. "Now, we’ve just got to go out and win it."
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