Another Heartbreaker: Cyclones Lose, 21-17

CU quarterback Trevone Boykin's two-yard speed option gave the Horned Frogs a 21-17 lead with 38 seconds left. The Cyclones ran out of time at midfield, falling to 1-8 on the season

Deja vu.

The Cyclones held a late lead, 17-14, only to have its opponent suddenly come alive on offense, driving down the field in the final minute and punching in a touchdown with seconds left on the clock.

TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin's two-yard speed option gave the Horned Frogs a 21-17 lead with 38 seconds left. The Cyclones ran out of time at midfield, falling to 1-8 on the season.

Analysis:

  • Grant Rohach got better as the game went along after a miserable start. At the half, Rohach was 4-for-12 with 47 yards. At the end of the third quarter, his were 10-for-24 with 104 yards. The third quarter, while he still missed some throws, was good to him.

    Rohach finished 18-for-39 with 148 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

  • Sam Richardson scrambled 15 yards for a touchdown and attempted one pass. Reports from Iowa State's sideline suggested Richardson was nursing an injury on his hand; it could be his right thumb, which has been bruised most of the season. Richardson has had ice on it several times in speaking to the media after practice.

    Richardson was Iowa State's designated running quarterback, in for close-yardage situations. A speed option keeper on third-and-one iced the game with little more than three minutes remaining.

  • E.J. Bibbs was Iowa State's most valuable offensive player, catching seven passes for 63 yards. The tight end was Rohach's best friend and a very nice security blanket.

  • A 22-yard gain by Aaron Green on fourth-and-one with over a minute remaining, to take TCU to ISU's 27, was perhaps the play of the game.

  • DeVondrick Nealy's 98-yard kickoff return was Iowa State's second kick return for touchdown this season after a 19-year drought.

  • Justin Coleman caught a 25-yard pass from Kirby Van Der Kamp on a fake punt to set up Iowa State's first touchdown and downed a Van Der Kamp punt on the one-yard line in the fourth quarter, putting TCU in the shadow of its goalposts with 7:31 left.

    On TCU's first play, Casey Pachall rolled to his right and found Brandon Carter for 30 yards, then hit Ladarius Brown with a 46-yard dime.

    A few plays later, on third-and-nine from Iowa State's 22-yard-line, Carter had a pass hit off his hands and Cyclones linebacker Jeremiah George snatched it out of the air for his second interception of the season.

  • A 35-yard Cole Netten field goal in the third quarter gave Iowa State its first lead since Oct. 3 against Texas.

  • Shontrelle Johnson led the Cyclones with 39 net yards rushing on 11 carries.


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