Two years ago, ISU came into Lawrence, Kansas with Sam Richardson and took KU to the woodshed. They became bowl eligible and continued their dominance over the Jayhawk football team. Probably one of my favorite road trips - we took over the tailgating lots, the bars and dominated on the football field.
Since that victory, the Cyclones have amassed a 5-18 record. Dare I tell you, that the Cheezdick had a 5-19 record before he left for Auburn. Ugh.
Today, in the battle for last place in the Big 12, Iowa State and Kansas played on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Lawrence, Kansas. It was over before it started.
The only positives from today's game was the fact that I could drink a beer without having to sneak it into a stadium.
ISU piled up a total of -8 yards on 9 plays in the first quarter. While Kansas dominated the line of scrimmage, and did whatever they wanted to. Due to a shoulder injury, Sam "Sunshine" Richardson spent the day in sweatpants instead of an Iowa State uniform.
Kansas came to play, and ISU should've kept the bus parked in Ames.
ISU's defense was consistently out of position, not staying in their gaps, and the corners were sagging off the receivers on every play. The defensive line got no push, and Kansas could do whatever they wanted.
The Jayhawks came in averaging 134 yards per game on the ground, and ended the first half with 180. ISU on the other hand, had -2 at intermission.
Rohach looked uncomfortable at QB. He had little presence in the pocket, and held onto the ball too long at times. He ended up the day 25-50 with 275 yards and a lot of overthrown balls. The second half showed some promise, especially with D'Vario Montgomery and his career-high 130 receiving yards, and Aaron Wimberly nearly breaking 100 yards rushing.
The problem was, the defense was on the field for way too long. KU held onto the ball for 38 minutes, compared to ISU's 22. Also it seemed that Kansas converted on every single 3rd and long. They were 11-20 for the game on 3rd downs, and ISU created little pressure.
Where does this team go from here? They face BYE next week, and Texas Tech after. Hopefully those are both wins, and this team can gain at least some momentum into the end of the season. Right now this team is at an all-time low and has hit ROCK BOTTOM. I wouldn't want to be on that bus ride back home.