How it happened: Sam Richardson’s career day resulted in the quarterback’s first-career victory at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday as Iowa State secured a 37-30 victory against Toledo.
Three trips into the redzone in the first half stalled for the Cyclones as they settled for 32-, 36- and 38-yard field goals off the foot of Cole Netten. Toledo went to the break with a 13-9 lead, getting two field goals from kicker Jeremiah Detmer along with a 14-yard touchdown run from Terry Swanson.
Richardson, who finished 37-for-53 with 351 yards, connected on three second half touchdowns and true freshman Martinez Syria rushed in for another as the Cyclones out-scored the Rockets 31-17 in the second half to advance to 2-4 in advance of traveling to Austin, Texas, next week to take on the Longhorns.
- Iowa State played without both Jarvis West and Drake Ferch, who were injured in the loss last weekend against Oklahoma State. Ferch was replaced at the nickel position by Jared Brackens.
- Running back Aaron Wimberly was in street clothes and DeVondrick Nealy started in his place. The Cyclones rotated three backs, using true freshman Martinez Syria and redshirt freshman Tyler Brown out of the backfield. Syria picked up the first touchdown of his career with a 1-yard rush up the middle in the third quarter.
- An oddity occurred near the end of the first quarter when Richardson attempted to throw a pass away as he backpedaled to avoid pressure. Richardson threw the ball forward only to have it find the hands of offensive lineman Daniel Burton. Illegal touching was called, but the penalty was declined to bring up fourth down. Burton now has one career catch for negative 12 yards to him name.