Christmas tunes may have been blaring from stadium speakers, but on the field the Iowa State Cyclones were all business.
“We really like to practice and our kids understand that process,” says head coach Matt Cambell, “I thought last week we had a great week of practice preparing to get down here, and I thought our kids did a really good job today.”
Iowa State sits four days away from their first Alamo Bowl and a showdown with 13th ranked Washington State. On Friday they’ll go for back to back bowl wins for the first time in school history.
“Coach told us a lot of people are going to count you out, but we never counted ourselves out,” says junior receiver Hakeem Butler, “We just kept on pushing and worrying about ourselves. In that locker room we’re a family. That’s all we worry about is each other, and so I think that’s what’s led us this far.”
But with the pressure mounting on Monday, some friendly aquatic mammals brought a welcome break.
Seniors Kyle Kempt and Brian Peavy, along with junior running back David Montgomery, got a chance to interact and swim with the dolphins at Sea World.
“Yeah I was nervous at first,” said Peavy, “ It’s the first time I’ve ever done something like this. The workers took care of me and showed me a great time.”
The Cyclone senior is making the most of his final bowl trip says he’s proud of everything that led to it.
“It was great just to see from what we sewed, to see the fruit. I just hope my team enjoyed it and Cyclone nation enjoyed it as well.”