LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Sam Richardson, who had not even attempted
a pass all year, threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns Saturday
night, sparking Iowa State past Kansas 51-23 and handing the
Jayhawks their 20th consecutive Big 12 loss.
Richardson led the Cyclones (6-5, 3-5 Big 12) to
touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second quarter while
taking a 38-17 lead. The redshirt freshman, virtually overlooked
all year in the Cyclones' jumbled quarterback picture, had
previously seen only mop-up duty in one game.
While going 23 of 27, Richardson spread his completions around
to 12 different receivers. Six different Cyclones scored
For Kansas (1-10, 0-8), the final home game of the year sent a
bedraggled class of seniors out on the same sort of sour note which
has characterized their entire collegiate careers.
The fourth- and fifth-year seniors came aboard just as the Mark
Mangino-coached Jayhawks were winning two straight bowl games for
the first time in school history. The long-struggling program
seemed headed for the heights. But after starting the 2009 season
5-0, the Jayhawks lost their next seven and now, counting this
lopsided loss to Iowa State, have dropped a stunning 36 of 42 games
under three head coaches.
Kansas will need to win at West Virginia in its season finale on
Dec. 1 to avoid its worst season since the 1988 Jayhawks finished
It's also a bitter entry into the Big 12 for Kansas coach
Charlie Weis, who announced at midweek that he would pay the $3
charge for anyone who wanted to buy a student ticket and come to
the game. Officials said it would be several days to know how many
took him up on his offer. But it appeared only a few hundred did.
Richardson replaced starter Steele Jantz on Iowa State's third
possession and immediately engineered a 10-play, 89-yard drive
connecting, with Josh Lenz for 30 yards and setting up Jeff Woody's
11-yard touchdown run for a 10-7 lead. Lenz also had a 14-yard
touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.
Tony Pierson rushed for 89 yards for Kansas, including a 55-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter, and caught a 37-yard scoring
pass from Dayne Crist in the fourth. But after his 55-yard score,
Iowa State answered immediately with Richardson's 11-yard scoring
pass to Albert Gary.
The lead went to 31-14 a few minutes later when Richardson,
following Woody's 43-yard run, dived over from the 1.
A 20-yard pass to Ernst Brun, capping a six-play, 57-yard drive,
completed the second-quarter blitz and put Iowa State on top 38-14.
Edwin Arceo kicked three field goals for the Cyclones, including
a 51-yarder in the third quarter.
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