The Kansas football team struggled with stopping Iowa State's offense all night, as the Cyclones pulled away early in a 51-23 victory on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
Most of ISU's offensive success came with third-string quarterback Sam Richardson in the game. The freshman, who hadn't thrown a pass all season, checked in midway through the first quarter and finished 23-for-27 passing for 250 yards and four touchdowns. He also added a rushing TD.
The Cyclones (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) posted a season-high 51 points after not scoring more than 37 in any other Big 12 game.
KU running back James Sims had his string of six straight 100-yard rushing games snapped, finishing with 20 carries for 81 yards.
Dayne Crist gave KU a lift in a reserve role, completing 9 of 20 passes for 156 yards with a touchdown and interception.
KU (1-10, 0-8) will finish its season with a game at West Virginia on Dec. 1.
Candidates for Game Balls & Gassers
• Ben Heeney arrives at a play and it’s over. He stands up the man with the football and there is no getting past him. Credited with 13 tackles and made most of them left a bruise. It’s what he does.
• Tony Pierson took a handoff from James Sims in the wildcat formation, then kept the ball when he had the option to hand off to Dayne Crist, who had lined up at wide receiver. Pierson then sprinted up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown, the highlight of KU’s day. Pierson also scored on a 37-yard touchdown reception and ran down Iowa State defensive back Jacques Washington and saved two points after Washington intercepted a Michael Cummings pass on a two-point conversion attempt.
• Chris Omigie can get open better than most, but the rules stipulate you cannot run with something you cannot catch. Multiple drops of Dayne Crist passes made Crist look worse on paper than he did on the field.
• The entire defense, from a front that couldn’t put any heat on an inexperience quarterback to the defensive backs that couldn’t stay with receivers and bit on pump fakes.
HOW THEY SCORED
10:18 - Edwin Arceo 47 field goal. After the Cyclones' opening drive of the game stalled inside the KU 10 yard line when quarterback Steele Jantz fumbled, the Cyclones' defense forced a fumble on KU's first possession and were able to salvage three points out of the opening turnover exchange. Iowa State's first scoring drive covered -2 yards in four plays and took 1:10. (ISU 3, KU 0).
4:37 - Taylor Cox 2 run. Nick Prolago kick. The Jayhawks did what the Jayhawks do best on their first scoring drive of the night, running 10 times but just for 25 yards. The two biggest plays on the drive came through the air, though, as Michael Cummings hit Taylor Cox for a long gain and then James Sims on the next play. It was initially ruled that Sims had score, but review overturned the call. On the next play, Cox crossed the goal line to cap the 75-yard, 11-play drive that took 5:56. (KU 7, ISU 3).
:36 - Jeff Woody 11 run. Arceo kick. After an illegal block penalty on the kickoff backed the Cyclones up at the KU 11, back-up quarterback Sam Richardson marched the Cyclones 89 yards in 10 plays, most coming on the ground. Woody finished the drive with two strong runs in the red zone and Richardson also completed a 23-yard pass to Josh Lenz to put the Cyclones into KU territory. (ISU 10, KU 7).
14:50 - Tony Pierson 55 run. Prolago kick. Pierson's 202-yard game against Texas Tech last week was a career high. The sophomore picked up more than a quarter of that total on a touchdown run that started as a Wildcat snap to Sims, featured a potential reverse pitch to Dayne Crist, who was lined up at wide receiver, and plenty of Pierson speed. Sims also ran twice for 23 yards on the 78-yard drive that took just 42 seconds and three plays. (KU 14, ISU 10).
11:23 - Albert Gary 11 pass from Sam Richardson. Arceo kick. The ISU defense forced a KU punt and took over at the Jayhawks' 39 yard line. After the first two plays went nowhere, Woody converted a third-down run and Richardson found Gary in the corner of the end zone on a play in which the Jayhawks lined up offsides. (ISU 17, KU 14).
8:41 - Aaron Horne 30 pass from Richardson. Arceo kick. Iowa State forced another KU fumble and, this time, scored seven instead of three on the drive that followed. The big play of the drive was a third-down pass from Richardson that appeared to be short of the first down but was spotted well ahead of the mark. KU coach Charlie Weis challenged the spot but the call stood. Two plays later, ISU jumped ahead by double digits on the scoreboard. (ISU 24, KU 14).
3:33 - Richardson 1 run. Arceo kick. After another drop by KU wide receiver Chris Omigie gave the Cyclones the ball back, running back Jeff Woody struck again, ripping off a 43-yard run that set up the touchdown. The drive covered 80 yards in nine plays and took 3:02. (ISU 31, KU 14).
1:01 - Ernst Brun 20 pass from Richardson. Arceo kick. Iowa State matched its season-high point total on a six-play, 51-yard drive that took 1:50 and featured very little resistence from the KU defense. (ISU 38, KU 14).
0:00 - Nick Prolago 25 field goal. Dayne Crist, who had come in for a few snaps throughout the game, started this drive and marched the Jayhawks 72 yards in eight plays and 1:01 to put points on the board before the half. Crist looked like a quarterback with nothing to lose throughout the drive, zipping the ball all over the place, including twice to tight end Jimmay Mundine. (ISU 38, KU 17).
1:35 - Arceo 51 field goal. The Cyclones' offense did not do much in the third quarter, but they did enough to keep a comfortable lead and reached their season-high in points with this bomb from Arceo. The scoring drive covered 44 yards and took 10 plays and 4:05. (ISU 41, KU 17).
14:19 - Tony Pierson 37 pass from Dayne Crist. Two-point conversion failed. With KU coach Charlie Weis continuing to play both quarterbacks, Crist led a six-play, 72-yard drive that took 2:10 and featured a perfect touch pass to Pierson streaking down the left side of the field. As he released the ball, Crist took a shot from the ISU defense, but he put enough on it to get it to Pierson, who caught it inside the five and then juked and jabbed his way into the end zone. (ISU 41, KU 23).
12:12 - Josh Lenz 14 pass from Richardson. Arceo kick. Up by three scores with less than a quarter to play, Iowa State continued to air it out, this time scoring in just 2:01 on a drive that covered 64 yards in six plays. (ISU 48, KU 23). 8:19 - Arceo 47 field goal. Iowa State's kicker added to a career night with another long-distance bomb. Arceo made all three of his field goal attempts, drilled every extra point and continually bombed kickoffs into the end zone. This drive covered 29 yards in six plays and 2:12. (ISU 51, KU 23).