Positives on the injury front
After facing a bevy of injuries early in the season, the numbers have been cut down as Iowa State has passed the midway point.
Jarvis West, who missed the Oklahoma State game with a foot injury, returned against Texas before reinjuring the foot on a punt return and exiting. The Cyclones have tried an array of shoe options and have now started a new treatment plan in hopes that West will be ready to return next Saturday.
On the defensive side, defensive tackle Devlyn Cousin, who missed Saturday’s game, will have his elbow examined Thursday. Drake Ferch, who injured his shoulder against Oklahoma State, played on special teams some against Texas, but wasn’t ready to go full-impact, Rhoads said. Defensive linemen Brandon Jensen and Robby Garcia, who were both banged up in Saturday’s loss, are expected to be ready next week against Oklahoma.
Will the records fall this season?
With an offensive onslaught in recent weeks, the idea that players on the offensive side of the ball could break records this season isn’t all that crazy.
Quarterback Sam Richardson broke Iowa State’s single-game record with 37 completions against Toledo. After last week’s performance, he has 13 touchdowns on the season, seven shy of Todd Bandhauer’s record of 20 touchdown passes (1997).
Meanwhile, with five touchdowns in his last three games, tight end E.J. Bibbs now has six touchdown receptions this season. That mark is three shy of tying Todd Blythe (2004 and 2005) and Quenton Bundrage (2013) for the school record (9).
Richardson shaking off the mishaps
Richardson admits that even last season, an interception or mistake may have rattled him. The turnovers did anything but Saturday, when he bounced back both times by leading touchdown drives.
Speaking of the interceptions, Paul Rhoads said the first one didn’t rest on the shoulder of Richardson after looking back at film.
“The interception wasn’t his fault, we had a certain pattern that didn’t get run the right way,” Rhoads said. “Whether he knew that at that time or not, he was unaffected from a competitive standpoint. The other pick he threw was a bad pick, it was his fault. Again he was unaffected. He responded every time that he had to Saturday night.”