AMES, Iowa — Before the game was over the message boards had lit up and Twitter had exploded in negativity over Iowa State's offensive play calling.
Much of the venom was directed at second-year signal caller and former Waterloo West star Courtney Messingham, the Cyclones' offensive coordinator.
It came after the Cyclones were held to 63 first-half yards in their 27-21 loss to instate rival Iowa and had finished with just 59 rushing yards on 24 carries.
Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said he agreed the play calling needs to be better but was decisive when it came to being asked if a change in play-callers was needed.
"No," Rhoads quickly responded. "No changes. It was the same play-caller who led us to 21 points and explosive plays in the second half.
"Myself as a play-caller there were a number of games you feel behind and you are sometimes trying to grab for things and when you are playing out of rhythm that is sometimes how it plays out."
When pressed for more on the subject, Rhoads expanded his comments.
"Play-callers or effective play-callers are usually a play or two ahead and sometimes a series ahead," Rhoads said. "It is not meant to isolate anything on Courtney's shoulders or specifically just directed at Courtney.
"That is an entire coaching staff that puts that together (game plan) and designs that and has effectiveness to have the play caller get into rhythm."
ISU took another hit along its offensive line when backup center Jamison Lalk injured an MCL early in the first half.
Lalk began the season as a starting guard but replaced veteran Tom Farniok in the Cyclones' season opener against Northern Iowa, when Farniok also suffered an MCL injury.
That meant third-stringer Ben Loth was pressed into duty. Additionally, guard Ethan Tuftee missed the entire second half with an injury.
"I didn't expect to be playing our third-team center for the length of this football game," Rhoads said. "I have heard no diagnosis or time frame (for Jamison).
"We are hoping Tom (Farniok) will be back for Tulsa based on his progress."