Quarterback: This was the worst game of Seth Doege's career, and his problems were more mental than physical. He repeatedly threw into two-deep coverage and got a couple of interceptions for his trouble. He also had dificulty with reads on the zone read, and his indecisiveness may have led to the two fumbles he committed. Doege was also not his usual accurate self, connecting on only half his passes. Jacob Karam played too briefly and under too unpropitious circumstances to merit judgment.
Receivers: I saw only one certain drop from the group, but I didn't see much productivity either. Receivers ran poor routes and got little separation, which was not helpful for the man trying to throw the ball to them. Austin Zouzalik's personal foul facemask penalty in the second quarter killed a crucial drive and may have been the key play in the game.
Running Backs: DeAndre Washington, Kenny Williams and Aaron Crawford got only 20 carries between them. I would like to have seen more. That said, these guys did not run with their customary fury. No running back caught a pass either.
Offensive Line: Seth Doege was not sacked, and was rarely pressured. Iowa State didn't try to heat Doege up very often either, but this was still pretty good pass protection. Run blocking was adequate, but not up to usual standards.
Defensive Line: The only sack on Cyclone quarterbacks came from safety Jared Flannel. With the exception of Scott Smith, who was his usual menacing presence, this group was pretty inactive. Dartwan Bush, Tech's best fumble-causer since Dwayne Slay, caused another to help keep the Red Raiders from getting blown out early. Ultimately, however, the defensive line did little to thwart the Cyclone ground game, which netted 368 yards.
Linebackers: Tech's linebackers may have been even more at fault for allowing three Cyclone ball carriers to gain over 90 yards than the defensive line. Cqulin Hubert was out of position all night long, most egregiously on Duran Hollis' backbreaking 71-yard touchdown streak early in the third quarter. He also committed a personal foul. Daniel Cobb netted seven tackles, but Lawrence Flugence-style, most of them came after the damage had already been done. Sam Eguavoen played and continued to demonstrate that he's not yet ready for Big 12 football.
Secondary: Jared Flannel played credibly after Terrance Bullitt left with a shoulder injury. Jarvis Phillips and Tre' Porter were the only corners who played big snaps. Phillips was very solid, Porter far less so, although he did recover a fumble. Cody Davis broke up a pair of passes, but also whiffed on some tackles. D. J. Johnson had a quiet night. On the whole the secondary wasn't tested too sorely in coverage for the simple reason that the Cyclones ran the ball at will.
Special Teams: Ryan Erxleben punted the ball well, and he certainly got plenty of opportunities. One of his offerings should have been downed at the one yard line, but two Tech special teamers managed to bat it into the end zone. Donnie Carona's kickoffs were fine, and so was kick coverage. Ben McRoy, however, never really got anything going with his kickoff returns, and his muff on the game's first play got Tech off to a flying stop.