COLUMBIA — The kickoff for the Missouri Tigers football game against the Iowa State Cyclones is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Nov. 20, according to MU's Athletic Department website.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net and is being played in Ames, Iowa.
The Tigers will play the Kansas State Wildcats at 11:30 a.m. this Saturday at Faurot Field before going on the road to play the Cyclones.
RHOAD TO RECOVERY
Iowa State went for broke against Nebraska this past Saturday, and now coach Paul Rhoads and his players must pick up the pieces.
The Cyclones are trying to shake off the heartbreak of a 31-30 overtime loss to No. 9 Nebraska as they get ready for Saturday's game at Colorado and a chance to become bowl eligible.
Iowa State (5-5, 3-3 Big 12) faked its extra point kick after scoring in overtime against the Cornhuskers and tried a pass for what would have been the winning 2-point conversion. But the pass fell short and Nebraska picked it off to end the game.
Had the play succeeded, the Cyclones would be tied for first place in the Big 12 North and controlling their own fate in the race for the division title. Instead, they're trying to push aside thoughts of what might have been and look ahead.
Rhoads likes what he has seen in that regard.
"I don't know if I've ever looked forward to coming to work more than I did this past Sunday," Rhoads said Monday. "I couldn't wait to get in and get around our players. And the resilient group they are, they came in with the sole focus on the preparation heading into this Colorado football game."
Rhoads got an early indication of his team's psyche when he poked his head into the training room Sunday morning. Anyone who plays in a game must report to the trainers the next morning so they can be checked out and get any treatment that's needed.
"In walking into that trainer's room, there was no doubt that the kids still felt the pain, but had a confidence level that we've accomplished over the past three weeks that still remains to be built," Rhoads said. "That's exactly why I couldn't wait to get to work to be around that energy of these kids."
The upbeat feeling Monday was a stark contrast to the pall that hung over the football complex Saturday evening. Rhoads' voice cracked as he talked after the game and acknowledged that "grown men" were crying in the locker room.
"It definitely hurt," quarterback Austen Arnaud said. "But in the same sense, you've got no choice but to move on, so that's what we're doing."
Nebraska scored first in the overtime and kicked the extra point. Iowa State needed only three plays to match the Cornhuskers' score and lined up as though Grant Mahoney would kick the extra point.
But holder Daniel Kuehl, the team's backup punter, got up, rolled left and threw the ball toward tight end Collin Franklin, who had broken free in the end zone. But the ball floated and Nebraska's Eric Hagg grabbed it.
Rhoads said he's not worried about that play haunting Kuehl, who executed a fake field goal perfectly against Northern Iowa.
"Dan Kuehl's doing pretty good," the ISU coach said. "He'll do a nice job of holding this week and if I ask him to run a fake, I bet he goes out and executes it perfectly."
Rhoads, in his second season as the Cyclones' coach, is getting a reputation as someone willing to take a chance. He has tried trickery four times so far and it worked the first three times.
On the fake against Northern Iowa, Kuehl picked the ball up, ran an option play and pitched it to Mahoney, who ran for a first down. Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp ran for a first down on a fake against Texas Tech and the Cyclones recovered an onside kick against Texas.
"Every one we've run has been well designed, well conceived, run at strategic times in the game and for the most part, we've had great success with those plays — 75 percent on the year if you're looking at four of them," Rhoads said. "I don't know if that's gutsy or just smart football."