Richardson Leads Iowa State To Bowl Eligibility
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Iowa State redshirt freshman Sam Richardson entered the game against Kansas on Iowa State's third drive and orchestrated six touchdown marches in the Cyclones' 51-23 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium. With the win, Iowa State (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12 Conference) notched its sixth victory of the year and is bowl eligible. Iowa State's 51 points is the most scored by the Cyclones in the all-time series with Kansas.
In a game that Richardson threw his first career pass, the Winter Park, Fla., native went 23-27 for 250 yards and four touchdowns. Richardson did not record an interception in the victory. He produced the most yards by a freshman quarterback in a non-overtime game at Iowa State since Bret Meyer had 345 in 2004.
Iowa State kicker Edwin Arceo was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts. The Muscatine, Iowa, native made field goals from 47 yards twice and 51 yards. Arceo's 51-yard field goal equals his career long that he set against Oklahoma this season.
Jeff Woody led the Iowa State ground game with 89 yards on nine rushes and a touchdown. Woody recorded a career-long rush with a 43-yard run in the second quarter. Josh Lenz had a team-high 78-yards receiving on six receptions. Lenz recorded a touchdown in the win.
Both teams started the game with drives that resulted in fumbles recovered by the opposing team. The Cyclones converted their opportunity by Arceo connecting on a 47-yard field goal with 10:18 left in the first quarter. The Cyclones had the edge on early field position when their first drive went 70 yards on six plays but stalled when starting quarterback Steele Jantz fumbled the ball on the Kansas 29.
Kansas (1-10 overall, 0-8 Big 12) answered with a 75-yard 11-play drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown run from Taylor Cox to give the Jayhawks a 7-3 lead with 4:22 left in the first quarter.
Richardson came in at quarterback for Iowa State and led the Cyclones on an 89-yard touchdown drive capped by an 11-yard Woody rushing TD. Iowa State took the 10-7 lead with 0:36 left in the first quarter, and the score would stay the same at the end of the period.
The Jayhawks used a fake reverse to score a touchdown on a 55-yard run to retake a 14-10 lead with 14:50 remaining in the first half.
Richardson connected on an 11-yard touchdown pass to Albert Gary to give Iowa State a 17-14 lead with 11:23 left in the first half. The pass was Richardson's first career touchdown in his career. Woody made a key 22-yard third-down rush on the drive that began on the Kansas 39.
The Cyclones capitalized on a KU fumble that was forced by Durrell Givens when Richardson hit Aaron Horne for a 30-yard touchdown reception. Richardson connected with Ernst Brun in the following drive for another touchdown from 20 yards.
Kansas converted a 21-yard field goal to as time expired in the first half to make the score 38-17 at the break.
Iowa State's 38 points at the half was the most since the 2001 game against Northern Iowa.
Arceo opened the scoring in the second half with a career-high-tying 51-yard field goal with 4:11 left in the third quarter. The field goal moved Iowa State's lead to 41-14.
Kansas connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass with 14:19 left in the game and failed to convert the two-point conversation.
Richardson recorded his final touchdown pass of the night with a 14-yard strike to Josh Lenz with 12:12 remaining in the game to stretch Iowa State's lead to 48-23. Arceo recorded the game's final points when he hit a 47-yard field goal with 8:19 left in the game.
The Cyclones close out their regular season Friday, Nov. 23 with a 2:30 p.m. CT game against West Virginia. The game will be played in Jack Trice Stadium and be broadcast on ABC.