The marquee matchup in college football this week is in the books and the
dream nightmare scenario of an defeated Big 12 season is over for the Cyclones. Everyone's favorite cure to their football problems came to town in the form of the Kansas Jayhawks as Iowa State dominated just about every facet of the game in a 34-0 rout, rolling up over 500 yards on a bitterly cold night in Jack Trice Stadium. Grant Rohach looked very good against the Jayhawks, throwing for 300 yards on 15 of 20 passing and 2 touchdowns on an icy field. It appears that facing Kansas is the solution to any QB woes, with Sam Richardson throwing up a masterful performance at Kansas last year.
Speaking of Sam Richardson, the bizarre QB switching situation continued again tonight, with Richardson brought in for some running plays, but wasting two timeouts in the first half due to the confusion. Other than that, there wasn't a whole lot to complain about as the Cyclones rolled on senior night. Senior wide receiver Justin Coleman led the receiving corps with 78 yards and the once heralded senior running back duo of James White and Shontrelle Johnson delivered a throwback performance, combining for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns. Departing defensive leader Jeremiah George piled up the tackles and did a fantastic job shadowing Kansas freshman QB Montell Cozart, while safety and WRNL favorite Jacques Washington joined Iowa State's exclusive 300 career tackle club tonight.
In the midst of a very disappointing year for the Cyclones, tonight's triumph provides both a deserved tribute for Paul Rhoads' seniors and a bit of confidence going into the season finale against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown next Saturday.