FIRST HIT TAPE OF THE SEASON

Gameday Central Hit Tape vs. Tulsa (via isuvideo)


Paul Rhoads enters the Iowa State locker room. A copy of the first season of "Friday Night Lights" is tucked discreetly in his back pocket.

A few of you have been here before. A few of you have not. One thing we all have to do today, we've got to focus. Stick to the game plan. The fundamentals, gentlemen. Don't be distracted by the sorority girls in the first row of the student section. Plenty of time for that later.

And listen, fellas, there's a joy to this game, is there not? There's a passion, there's a reason why we're all out here. Other than the pride that it gives us and the respect that it demands, we love to play the game. So let's go out there and have fun tonight.

Do you understand? Because tomorrow, if you give 100% of yourself today people are going to look at you differently. People are going to think of you differently. And I promise you you're going look and think differently about yourself. Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose to Tulsa.

(Inspirational speech liberally borrowed from Coach Eric Taylor. Let's do this, Cyclones)

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