John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
A blowout victory over Big 12 bottom feeder Kansas has the Cyclones going bowling for the second straight year, and the third time in Paul Rhoads' four years.
Another game, another QB.
Redshirt freshman Sam Richardson was just what the doctor ordered for the Iowa State offense as he completed 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns, while adding another 43 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The most impressive characteristic Richardson had was that he was able to read through his progressions and spread the ball around to just about every receiver on the roster.
The impressive debut by Richardson was certainly helped by the Cyclones putting up 251 yards rushing between 11 rushers, highlighted by Jeff Woody's 9 carries for 89 yards. It's easy to suggest that's it's just Kansas, but the Jayhawk defense is actually pretty decent at home, giving up an average of 20.3 points at home in Big 12 games.
Even special teams was no issue tonight, with Edwin Arceo going a perfect 3/3 on field goals, including one from 51 yards out, and 6/6 on extra points.
Iowa State's defense was extremely shaky in the first quarter, but did seem to figure it out as the game went on. Poor tackling was an issue once again, as it was against Texas, and will certainly need to be fixed with Tavon Austin and the West Virginia Mountaineers coming to town.
As for tonight, celebrate because Iowa State is going bowling once again after being picked for 3 wins... once again. As always, doubt Paul Rhoads at your own risk.