After a disappointing start to the season for the very experienced, possibly overhyped Cyclones' running back stable, it was newcomer Aaron Wimberly who finally seized the reins to the rushing attack, piling up 137 yards on 19 carries. Meanwhile, senior Jeff Woody was left with a very Ryan Kock-ish stat line of 6 carries for 12 yards and THREE touchdowns.
Who knew that giving one running back enough carries to get into a rhythm and using Jeff Woody in his natural role of WoodyUpTheMiddle (repeat ad nauseum) would result in the offense resembling an FBS caliber offense once again?
Sam Richardson had a very workmanlike day at the office, completing 26 of 41 for 255 yards, but he spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, keeping the chains moving for the Cyclone offense, leading to a 35:37-24:23 domination in time of possession for Iowa State, nearly the exact opposite of that stat in the Cy-Hawk game against Iowa 10 days ago.
The defense responded to being given fresh legs by generating (partially via Cody Green being Cody Green) four turnovers, including Charlie Rogers picking off Green to seal the victory.
While Tulsa looks to possibly be the worst team on the Cyclones' schedule in 2013, the visible progress shown on the field yesterday certainly saved Iowa State from a complete dumpster fire of a season.