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The Paul Rhoads Show

Iowa State Football Head Coach Paul Rhoads returns to lead the Cyclones for his fifth season and you can see his show Sundays at 10:35pm on ABC5. The Voice of the Cyclones John Walters co-hosts the program with the coach.

Rhoads was born 10 minutes from Jack Trice Stadium and went to high school 20 minutes from Iowa State's home field. From the start, Cyclone fans have readily embraced their head coach. Iowa State has drawn record crowds in excess of 50,000 for 13 straight games. The record home attendance average of 55,274 last season broke the record set by Cyclone fans in 2011. The Cyclone season-ticket base has grown to more than 40,000 for the first time.

The 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl was Iowa State's third postseason appearance in four years under Rhoads. The Cyclones have won six straight regular season non-conference games; including consecutive wins over intrastate rival Iowa. On Oct. 6, Rhoads' players ended the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games, with a 37-23 victory at No. 13 TCU. The win marked the first time in school history that the Cyclones had beaten a ranked team in three consecutive seasons. Each of those games was one of Rhoads' "signature wins" since coming to Iowa State in 2009. Rhoads' Cyclones have silenced the doubters, making three bowl games in the last four years.

It goes without saying, that recruiting high achieving student-athletes has been the bedrock of Iowa State's success under Rhoads. The linebacking duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein were first-team All-Big 12 selections for the second straight season in 2012. Defensive tackle Jake McDonough was a first-team all-league choice and strong safety Durrell Givens was a second-team honoree. Six Cyclones were honorable mention picks.

Former Cyclone cornerback Leonard Johnson starts for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His former teammate, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, started for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Former Iowa Stater Reggie Stephens is Osemele's Baltimore teammate. He's coached four Cyclones who have played a game in the NFL.

On Nov. 18, 2011, Iowa State stepped up on to the biggest stage it had ever played upon. The Cyclones played host to No. 2 Oklahoma State in prime time. The game was nationally televised. It was played to a global ESPN audience. It was on a Friday night, meaning there was virtually no other game to divide that worldwide audience. It was a game with huge BCS implications further stoking the rapt attention this contest commanded. In short, it was the biggest game in Iowa State history.

Before the world, the biggest game in school history became the biggest win in school history. Iowa State rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Oklahoma State. Coming into the game Iowa State had an all-time 0-56-2 record against teams ranked among the top six spots on the AP poll. The incredible comeback affirmed Rhoads' transformation of a Cyclone football program that unmistakably bears his personal brand. 

Yes, the Cyclone nation is "All In." In 2011, more than 50,000 fans flocked to Jack Trice Stadium for every home game, a school first. The final home attendance figure of 53,647 was an all-time record. The extraordinary scene of thousands of Cardinal and Gold clad fans on the field after Iowa State's thrilling 44-41 triple overtime victory over Iowa in September could only have been trumped by the multitude of joyous Cyclones of all ages who walked the Jack Trice Stadium field that November night, savoring what they had never seen before.Rhoads was born 10 minutes from Jack Trice Stadium and went to high school 20 minutes from Iowa State's home field. From the start, Cyclone fans have readily embraced their head coach. Iowa State has drawn record crowds in excess of 50,000 for 13 straight games. The record home attendance average of 55,274 last season broke the record set by Cyclone fans in 2011. The Cyclone season-ticket base has grown to more than 40,000 for the first time.

The 2012 AutoZone Liberty Bowl was Iowa State's third postseason appearance in four years under Rhoads. The Cyclones have won six straight regular season non-conference games; including consecutive wins over intrastate rival Iowa. On Oct. 6, Rhoads' players ended the nation's longest winning streak at 12 games, with a 37-23 victory at No. 13 TCU. The win marked the first time in school history that the Cyclones had beaten a ranked team in three consecutive seasons. Each of those games was one of Rhoads' "signature wins" since coming to Iowa State in 2009. Rhoads' Cyclones have silenced the doubters, making three bowl games in the last four years.

It goes without saying, that recruiting high achieving student-athletes has been the bedrock of Iowa State's success under Rhoads. The linebacking duo of Jake Knott and A.J. Klein were first-team All-Big 12 selections for the second straight season in 2012. Defensive tackle Jake McDonough was a first-team all-league choice and strong safety Durrell Givens was a second-team honoree. Six Cyclones were honorable mention picks.

Former Cyclone cornerback Leonard Johnson starts for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His former teammate, offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, started for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. Former Iowa Stater Reggie Stephens is Osemele's Baltimore teammate. He's coached four Cyclones who have played a game in the NFL.

On Nov. 18, 2011, Iowa State stepped up on to the biggest stage it had ever played upon. The Cyclones played host to No. 2 Oklahoma State in prime time. The game was nationally televised. It was played to a global ESPN audience. It was on a Friday night, meaning there was virtually no other game to divide that worldwide audience. It was a game with huge BCS implications further stoking the rapt attention this contest commanded. In short, it was the biggest game in Iowa State history.

Before the world, the biggest game in school history became the biggest win in school history. Iowa State rallied from a 24-7 deficit to beat Oklahoma State. Coming into the game Iowa State had an all-time 0-56-2 record against teams ranked among the top six spots on the AP poll. The incredible comeback affirmed Rhoads' transformation of a Cyclone football program that unmistakably bears his personal brand. 

Yes, the Cyclone nation is "All In." In 2011, more than 50,000 fans flocked to Jack Trice Stadium for every home game, a school first. The final home attendance figure of 53,647 was an all-time record. The extraordinary scene of thousands of Cardinal and Gold clad fans on the field after Iowa State's thrilling 44-41 triple overtime victory over Iowa in September could only have been trumped by the multitude of joyous Cyclones of all ages who walked the Jack Trice Stadium field that November night, savoring what they had never seen before.

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