Iowa State Cyclones

Matt Campbell weathered a cancellation well in 2015

Cyclones' coach won at Arkansas a week after season-opener was washed away

Fans wait during a rain delay at last Saturday's South Dakota State-Iowa State football game at ISU's Jack Trice Stadium, but the contest eventually was canceled. (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)
Fans wait during a rain delay at last Saturday's South Dakota State-Iowa State football game at ISU's Jack Trice Stadium, but the contest eventually was canceled. (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)

This isn’t Matt Campbell’s first game-canceled-because-of-weather rodeo.

“Ironically,” Campbell said during Monday’s Big 12 Conference coaches’ teleconference, “I had this situation happen two years ago.”

It was in 2015, actually, Campbell’s last season as Toledo’s coach. His team had a 16-7 halftime lead over Stony Brook when the Thursday night game was called off after midnight due to severe weather. The first half had three weather delays totaling three hours.

The following Saturday, Campbell’s 21-point underdog Rockets went to Arkansas and upset the Razorbacks, 16-12.

“You have got to play the next game,” Campbell said.

That’s what his Iowa State squad must do Saturday. After the Cyclones’ game in Ames against South Dakota State was canceled due to lightning and thunderstorms after just four minutes of play with ISU ahead 7-0, they must play their first full game at Iowa against a team that has a 33-7 win over Northern Illinois under its belt.

No, the Hawkeyes have next to no 2018 game film of their state-rivals. But it seems to be Advantage Iowa, with 60 minutes of play to learn and grow from on their side compared to Iowa State’s four minutes.

“You could probably spin it any way you want,” Campbell said, “but I really think at the end of it, you want to play. The more you play, the more you hammer through the fundamentals, the details and the consistency of what you have.”

Having the opener pulled from them, he said, “takes an emotional toll on a football team. Getting kids back as soon as you can is the reality of the next situation.

“We had a good practice yesterday and are ... ready to be back in game week again.”

At the least, Campbell said, “We played a little bit. We got a small taste of it.

“I think we did get some value out of Saturday.”

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