Saturday started off slow for Iowa State but the second half came and Jacob Park and the Iowa State offense took off. Everything wasn’t necessarily pretty, but it was effective enough to get another win before they enter the conference slate. Here are three things we learned in the win over Akron.
Iowa State Offense Continues to Impress
Minus the sluggish start and a few red zone woes, Iowa State’s offense is a train rolling down the tracks fast. They have rattled off three straight games with over 400 yards of offense, with the unit producing 508 yards against Akron, as well as still being on track to average over 41 points a game.
Jacob Park was efficient as usual, completing 24 of 33 passes for 317 yards and two touchdowns. His most impressive throw was late in the third quarter when he evaded the rush and kept his eyes downfield to find Marchie Murdock for a touchdown strike.
Drops by the receivers and high throws from Park tended to derail a few drives. Both can be addressed here in the bye week. Fans shouldn’t be concerned with those issues as of now.
Allen Lazard Is On The Struggle Bus
Lazard is statistically one of the best receivers in the country, and could be athletically as well. Now before you grill me on this one, I know he has three touchdown catches. That’s not the problem. The continuous dropped passes are. The issue to me is purely mental at this point. The drops are going to continue to plague his senior season if not corrected. Not to mention two big penalties later on in the game. Thankfully, it did not affect the outcome of the game.
I am not sure what the fix could be for him, but maybe the bye week is the remedy for this problem. It certainly is something that makes me wonder. I hope we see a more focus Lazard come back after the bye week. Iowa State is going to need him to turn on the burners in Big 12 play.
Joel Lanning Is Improving Before Our Eyes
Joel Lanning at linebacker is getting better as the weeks move on. Last week we had a mixed bag, and this week was primarily good. Lanning tallied his first career sack and interception on Saturday. We knew making the switch from quarterback to linebacker was going to be a tough one, but so far he’s holding up and improving. Now his real test will begin against Texas and the rest of the Big 12 offenses.