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.
Miami has lost running back Gus Edwards for the entire season because of a left foot injury.
Virginia Tech will wear a decal on its helmets against No. 1 Ohio State on Monday night to honor slain Roanoke television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.
South Carolina football players will wear stickers on their helmets this season to honor the nine people who died in a shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston this past June.
Washington has found its starting quarterback, but coach Chris Petersen said the Huskies will keep that information under wraps until Friday's season opener at No. 23 Boise State.
Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday.
Transfer Vernon Adams will be the starting quarterback when Oregon begins its season against Eastern Washington on Sept. 5.