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Iowa State Football: Cyclone’s Offense Looks Improved in Win Over TCU

The Cyclones got their season back on track with a big win on Saturday.

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The Iowa State Cyclones celebrate their 49-24 win over the TCU Horned Frogs - Getty Images - David Purdy
Getty Images - David Purdy

Iowa State continues their streak of winning games in October. The streak started back in 2017 when the Cyclones knocked off the 3rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. They came into that game coming off of a rough loss against Texas at home and without their starting Quarterback, Jacob Park. This led to the starting job being handed to the third-string quarterback, Kyle Kempt. Oklahoma got off to an early lead in that game, but Iowa State battled back to win it, 38-31.

This is not the first time that TCU has fallen victim to this streak. They were the final victim during the inaugural year of this phenomenon when they lost 14-7 as the 4th-ranked team in the country. Kenny Hill and the rest of the offense were unable to find the end zone at all that day. TCU’s only score came on the opening kick of the 2nd half where Kavontae Turpin took it to the house. It was not Kenny Hill’s best game, as he committed two red zone turnovers as well as the game-sealing interception.

All-in-all, the Cyclones looked much more like the team that Iowa State fans had been expecting them to be. They were able to keep TCU’s offense in check for most of the game. They forced turnovers while not committing any themselves, and the offense was able to put a lot of points on the board.

Key Plays Of The Game

12:08 2nd [TCU 1st & 10 at TCU 13] – The defense was able to dial up some big pressure and force a strip-sack on Duggan. Shortly after, Eyioma Uwazurike picked up the ball for an easy scoop-and-score. This was where the game started getting out of hand for TCU.

1:57 3rd [ISU 2nd & 11 at TCU 26] – This play really shows how outmatched TCU’s pass rush was against the Iowa State offensive line. Purdy had all day to throw. This time he was able to find Johnnie Lang to set up 1st and Goal.

6:34 4th [ISU 1st & Goal at TCU 9] – TCU had started to mount a little bit of a comeback by this point and was only down 35-24. Iowa State needed to score this drive or else they risked letting TCU back in the game. Brock Purdy denied TCU that opportunity, as he high-stepped past a defender for the TD.

Key Stats Of The Game

349 All-Purpose Yards – Brock Purdy had another great game. He went for 247 yards through the air and 102 yards on the ground. He can really do it all for this offense. Hopefully, he doesn’t have to be the leading rusher too much anymore, though.

10 Pass-Catchers – There were 10 different players that caught a pass today. One of them was even backup QB Re-al Mitchell.  Deshaunte Jones had 10 catches and the other 9 players had one catch each.

2-0 Turnover Margin  The turnover margin had been a stat line that people could point to in each of the Cyclones 2 losses as they lost the turnover battle 0-2 in each of those games. On Saturday they were able to flip the script, with the turnovers in their favor 2-0.

Players Of The Game

  • QB Brock Purdy – Passing: 19/24, 247 Yds, 2 TDs; Rushing: 102 Yds, 2 TDs
  • WR Deshaunte Jones – 10 Receptions, 110 Yds
  • DB Eyioma Uwazurike – 5 Tackles, 3 Solo, 1 Fumble Recovery, 1 TD

Remaining Thoughts

Tight End U – The tight ends have really emerged as big threats for Iowa State this year. With Hakeem Butler gone, they needed some height to step up in the passing game, and the tight ends have answered that call. Both of Brock Purdy’s passing touchdowns went to a tight end.

Offensive Line Looked Good – TCU looked as if they were getting thrown around by the Cyclones offensive line for much of this game. Brock Purdy had plenty of time to throw the ball and the running lanes gave the guys in the backfield enough room to get some quality yards. Definitely an improvement from the past couple years.

Johnnie Lang Emerges As Go-To Running Back  Johnnie Lang may not have been the leading rusher, but he showed that he is probably going to be the one getting a bulk of the carries from here on out. They gave him the ball 16 times, which is four times as many as any other Iowa State running back on the day. He seemed like the most balanced of the running backs. He has decent experience, does a decent job of making people miss, and has pretty good speed.

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