The talk of the Iowa State passing game was Steele Jantz all week. Everyone (including Through the Phog) wanted to talk about how Kansas should stop Jantz and how important he is.
Head coach Charlie Weis said it perfectly in his weekly press conference. According to kuathletics.com, he said “Jantz is the guy, but we have to be ready for both quarterbacks.”
That was the case on Saturday as Sam Richardson came in for Jantz on ISU’s third possession of the game. Richardson had not even attempted a single pass until the game against the Jayhawks.
However, he had the game of his life as he threw for 250 yards and scored four touchdowns. On top of it, he did not commit a single turnover in the game.
Another thing Richardson did well was spreading the ball around. All of his four touchdowns were to different ISU wide receivers. Albert Gary, Aaron Horne, Ernst Burn Jr. and Josh Lenz all caught touchdown passes from Richardson. Three of the four passing touchdowns came in the second quarter and helped the Cyclones jump out a 38-17 lead over Kansas.
The reason why this is a big deal for the Jayhawks is because of who they will play in their final game of the season. On December 1st in the team’s season finale, the Jayhawks will face off against the West Virginia Mountaineers and Geno Smith.
Even though WVU has lost five straight Big 12 games, they can still be successful against Kansas. Smith has recorded 3,361 passing yards and 35 passing touchdowns this season. He is also averaging 7.7 yards per passing attempt.
Smith can do the same as Sam Richardson (or even better) in the season finale against Kansas on December 1st.
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