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Meant to be Broken: Iowa State Football Records Up For Grabs

Four games into the 2015 season, there are a number of Iowa State players primed to make a run at etching their names in the Iowa State record books.

Iowa State is one-third of the way through the 2015 season, and despite sitting at 2-2, there are a number of players vying to make history. 

From quarterback Sam Richardson and his career passing marks to Dale Pierson's single-season record push to Mike Warren's freshman numbers, there are a number of players who could find their way to the top of the leaderboards in program history across a number of statistical categories when all is said and done. 

Let's take a look.

Sam Richardson | Career Passing

Redshirt senior quarterback Sam Richardson set a single-season record in 2014 for completions (254) and may have set the single-season mark for touchdown passes (20) had he not missed the Kansas game due to injury. He ended his junior campaign with 18 touchdown passes in 11 games.

Through four games in 2015 (albeit against the nonconference portion), Richardson is on pace to break both of those single-season marks. More important, he's well on his way to becoming statistically one of the top quarterbacks in program history.

Richardson, with 92 completions through the first four games, now has 513 career completions, moving him to third all-time. He needs 103 completions to move to No. 2 (Austen Arnaud, 616), which is about as high as he's likely to reach with Bret Meyer's 820 career completions sitting safely in first. As for career passing yards, Richardson is now No. 3 all-time with 5,625. He needs 1,152 passing yards to reach No. 2 (again, Arnaud), but Meyer's top mark (9,499) is unreachable. 

Nonetheless, Richardson is on track to break one career passing mark. With seven touchdowns through four games, Richardson has moved to No. 2 all-time for passing touchdowns with 44. He needs six more to pass Meyer (50) and seven to sit alone at No. 1.

Dale Pierson | Sacks

When defensive end Dale Pierson burst onto the scene with three sacks in the season-opener and followed it up with two more in Week 2, the possibility of the JUCO transfer setting records in his second and final year at Iowa State became well within reach.

Pierson added a sixth sack to his season total against Kansas and with eight regular season games remaining in 2015 now has a strong shot at breaking the single-season sacks record. The Iowa State mark for sacks in a season was set in 2006 by Shawn Moorehead, and Pierson needs just 2.5 sacks to tie that mark. As a comparison, Cory Morrissey had six sacks during his senior campaign in 2014. 

The career mark isn't within reach as Moorehead holds that record at 18.5 (Pierson has eight career sacks), but his push up that board is still impressive given the fact that Pierson is a JUCO transfer in his second season and played only late in 2014.

Mike Warren | Freshman Rushing

Four games into his career, Mike Warren has taken hold of the Iowa State run game, tallying 329 yards through the first third of the season with the majority of those yards (303) coming in his two starts. Those yards have him primed to become the all-time leading freshman rusher. 

Warren is already No. 7 all-time in ISU history for rushing yards by a freshman and will slowly move up that list with just a few more yards in the coming weeks. To break the all-time single-season total by an Iowa State freshman, Warren needs only 142 rushing yards in the final eight games. 

Meanwhile, Warren's two rushing touchdowns Saturday made him one of 16 freshmen in Iowa State history to have two rushing touchdowns. The mark for the most rushing touchdowns by a freshman in program history is six (Alexander Robinson, 2007).

Keep An Eye On...

Allen Lazard, who, with 21 receptions, is on pace to finish with 63 receptions in his sophomore campaign. That mark would be good for No. 4 all-time in Iowa State history when it comes to single-season marks. There's still a ways to go, however, with nearly all of the Big 12 schedule ahead. The record for receptions in a season is 81, set by Tracy Henderson in 1983.


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