Emptying the Notebook: NDSU

Here are the leftovers after Iowa State dropped its season-opener on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium

Bundrage, Farniok exit with injuries

Iowa State’s season-opening loss certainly wasn’t blamed on injuries, but the loss of two offensive keys didn’t help.

Only four plays into the season, receiver Quenton Bundrage exited with an apparent knee injury and center Tom Farniok followed him off the field later in the first quarter with an MCL strain. Neither returned in the 34-14 loss.

“[I] would have played [Farniok] against my better judgment and that’s why I didn’t. It’s a long season,” coach Paul Rhoads said. “[It’s] an MCL strain like he had last year, like we had about 20 of last year. Not to the extent of what it was, so we believe we’ll have him back on the field Saturday against Kansas State.”

As for Bundrage, Rhoads wasn’t ready to talk about the extent of his injury until MRI results come back this weekend.

Lazard jumps onto the scene

There has been no lack of anticipation for the arrival of true freshman Allen Lazard to the Iowa State offense.

In his college debut Saturday, there was no lack of production, either.

Lazard was already set to get touches, but was quickly inserted when Bundrage exited only four plays into the game. When quarterback Sam Richardson targeted the freshman the first time, he drew a pass interference call. The second went for a 48-yard reception that set up the Cyclones’ second score.

“Everybody saw him make a great catch and we all cheered, media included I think probably,” Rhoads said. “Then we went from there, but until I see the film and grade people, I won’t really know how he played.”

Suspensions keep Ecby, Montgomery out

Iowa State’s depth at receiver was cut short Saturday when both Tad Ecby and D’Vario Montgomery exited the tunnel before the game in street clothes.

Ecby and Montgomery had slid on the depth chart entering the week — as the team’s No. 3 and 4 receivers at the ‘X’ slot — which brought speculation that more than performance might be in play.

Rhoads confirmed as much afterward saying the two were suspended for a ‘violation of team policies.’ Both receivers will be eligible for action next weekend against Kansas State.

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