AMES — In the past Mike Warren let bad plays stick in his mind.
His effort the last several months have been to rid himself of the tendencies to dwell too long on plays gone wrong, like fumbles. That newfound philosophy was put to the test early Saturday.
“If you’re trying to make a play you’re not thinking about all the fundamentals and technique that your coach is teaching you,” Warren said. “You’re just trying to go out and play.
“For me I just need to keep that in mind when I’m out there trying to make a play. I’ve got to take care of the ball before we can actually go down there and score.”
The sophomore running back fumbled in the first quarter on the opponent’s side of midfield, but tucked his disappointment aside quickly. Iowa State went onto beat San Jose State 44-10 and Warren eclipsed the century mark for the first time this season.
“As an ‘A’ player, you’ve got to get A’s,” Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell said of Warren. “You’ve got to come and you’ve got to practice and you’ve got to prepare like ‘A’ people do. You’re going to hear a lot of that of us. I demand that of our coaches and I demand that of our players. ‘A’ players can’t get B’s and C’s. When you get B’s and C’s you fail.”
Warren led the Cyclones (1-3) with 19 carries, 103 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The performance was his seventh career 100-yard game and added three catches for 68 yards. Freshman David Montgomery had seven carries for 29 yards while quarterback Jacob Park had a keeper for 35 yards.
“It all starts in practice and you practice how you play,” Warren said. “The O-line is coming along and those guys are good now. All the credit goes to the O-line and everyone else for doing their job, receivers, quarterback, everyone. We played as a unit today.”
Deshaunte Jones breaks through with two scores
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Iowa State has had a number of true freshmen play this season, but wide receiver Deshaunte Jones offered up arguably the biggest performance of the group so far.
Jones had three catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. The Cyclones’ biggest play of the day was Joel Lanning’s 49-yard heave to Jones down the middle of the field.
“Maybe that’s what he needed was to get a touchdown and then he goes off,” Lanning said. “It’s good to see those young guys going.”
“What I appreciate about him is you just can see him starting to adapt to wide receiver and feeling comfortable and really gaining confidence as a young player should in our offense and in our system,” Campbell said. “Obviously he’s still a young puppy, but he’s a guy that’s got great ability.”
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