WVU Gameweek: Cyclones Roundup

The true meaning of Iowa State's defensive shutout, Grant Rohach making his case and an update on David Irving's legal situation

Iowa State's 34-0 blowout win over Kansas was as surprising as it was impressive. If you dig into the history a bit, it's quickly clear this is a once-a-decade type of win.

It's the fourth-largest shutout of a league opponent in ISU history, the highest being a 54-0 win over Oklahoma State in 1971. It's the only shutout by one Big 12 team to another in 2013 (although the Cyclones have nearly been on the receiving end of two) and one of 36 shutouts in college football this season.

"It's a dream goal, a far-fetched goal," defensive end Cory Morrissey said. "We try to hold them, stop the run. We have all those main-concept goals I guess you could say all work toward that shutout."

Rohach gaining momentum

There will of course be an open quarterback competition this spring, but redshirt freshman Grant Rohach earned the right to be the presumptive No. 1 on the depth chart after a career day in the ice against Kansas, completing 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.

"Outstanding, to [have] 75 percent completion percentage, to throw downfield effectively, to throw the ball to the perimeter effectively," Paul Rhoads said. "He made good run decisions, made good pass decisions. This is a Southern California kid that was unaffected by the elements and really truly led our football team for the first time."

The Cyclones were pleased with Rohach's first half on the road at Oklahoma and he followed that up with a stellar week of practice, looking like a completely different player than the one who completed 11 of 24 passes against Kansas State or 18 of 38 against TCU.

Rohach on the year if 85-for-152 (55.9) for 877 yards and four touchdowns, to go with six interceptions.

ESPN graded him out with an 84.6 adjusted QBR (on a scale of 0-100), the second-best performance by an ISU quarterback this year (88.6 for Sam Richardson against Texas).

Rohach's adjusted QBR this year is 54.3 to Richardson's 49.8.

"He was a different guy," Rhoads said. "This is a young man that's growing up. His play reflected that Saturday."

Arraignment set for David Irving

The Story County court clerk told AllCyclones on Monday that Irving was likely to enter a plea deal for his arrest on charges of domestic assault, simple assault on Nov. 13.

Irving's arraignment is set for Dec. 2. The Iowa State defensive tackle played Saturday against Kansas after an internal investigation pleased Rhoads enough to activate him. Irving missed the Oklahoma game and Iowa State said it was his suspension.

Attendance records set

Iowa State averaged 55,361 fans in six home games this season, a new school record. Iowa State sold out a school-record three times.

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