Iowa State led by third-string quarterback Sam Richardson defeated Kansas, 51-23 in Lawrence on Saturday night. Richardson threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Cyclones placekicker Edwin Arceo started off the scoring with a 47-yard kick at the 10:18 mark of the first quarter. Kansas answered with a Taylor Cox two-yard run, putting the Jayhawks up. Cyclones running back Jeff Woody put the team back in charge right before the first quarter ended, 10-7. Jayhawks running back Tony Pierson scored on a 55-yard run to start the second quarter, once again putting Kansas ahead. Then things changed.
Richardson completed a 11-yard pass to Albert Gary, putting the Cyclones up again at 17-14. The Jayhawks then got their turn only to cough up the ball on a James Sims fumble. Iowa State promptly scored another touchdown, less then two minutes ago pushing the lead to 24-14. After a Kansas punt, Iowa State went on a 9-play 80-yard drive scoring another touchdown. After another quick three and out, Iowa State scored again with Richardson completing a 20-yard pass to Ernst Brun Jr. Kansas did manage a 21-yard field goal from Nick Prolago. Iowa State went into the locker-room with a 38-17 lead after this second quarter scoring barrage.
Kansas did gain a little life after another Pierson touchdown on a 37-yard pass from Dayne Crist in the fourth quarter, though this was short-lived as Iowa State once again answered immediately on another Richardson touchdown pass. This touchdown went to Josh Lenz, on a 14-yard play.
For the game, Sims totaled 81 yards on the ground and Pierson put up 71 yards on just seven carries. Kansas fell behind and instead of running the ball, went with the pass. Crist, came in relief of starting quarterback Michael Cummings, completing 9-20 passes for 156 yards and one touchdown. Turnovers killed Kansas once again, with three fumbles and an interception from Crist.
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