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The Big 12 had just two proven quarterbacks going into the season: TCU’s Trevone Boykin and Iowa State’s Sam Richardson. While Boykin has been making his case for the Heisman Trophy, Richardson’s season hasn’t gone nearly as well, and head coach Paul Rhoads has made a switch.

After nearly leading the Cyclones to a second-half comeback against the Bears, coach Rhodes has named Joel Lanning the starter for their upcoming game against Texas.

Richardson, a senior, couldn’t figure out the Bears defense as he finished his day completing just three of his 11 pass attempts for a dismal 12 yards. To add insult to injury he threw a couple of picks as well. All of that adds up to a QB rating of 0.1 according to ESPN. Yikes.

Compare that to the day the sophomore from Ankeny, IA, had, and the need for a switch is obvious. Lanning completed 70 percent of his passes at 12 of 17, and threw for 144 yards and three touchdowns.

This just hasn’t been Richardson’s year as he’s struggled against Iowa State’s better competition. If you remove games against Northern Iowa and Kansas from the stats, the Cyclones only two wins, Richardson is just 79 of 145 on the season with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

This hasn’t been the season Cyclone nation had hoped for, but maybe Lanning will be the spark they need to get back into the win column.

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