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Cyclone pass rush among nation's best

Oct 4, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver James Washington (28) looses the ball at the goal line as Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Qujuan Floyd (26) defends during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 4, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver James Washington (28) looses the ball at the goal line as Iowa State Cyclones defensive back Qujuan Floyd (26) defends during the second half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Oklahoma won 37-20. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In the Paul Rhoads era, the pass rush has always been an area of concern. What separates the good defense from the bad is often whether or not a defensive line can get pressure with its front four, without sending a blitz.

In recent years, the Cyclones have struggled to pressure the QB even when sending a blitz.

That's not the case this year. The pass rush has turned into a strength in the first two games for Iowa State, much to Paul Rhoads' delight.

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