Run, pass and protect the ball… “QB Sam” has shown a knack through four college appearances

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The Iowa State offense completed 69% of its passes, netted 168 yards rushing, registered 410 yards of total offense and suffered no turnovers in its season opener against UNI.

Those are fairly impressive numbers and represent numerous facet of the offense.

Only three other times (Texas Tech, 2010, Oklahoma State, 2001 and UNLV, 1995) in the last 20 years have the Cyclones completed better than 65% of their throws, netted at least 150 yards on the ground, totaled 400 yards total and had no miscues in a game.

  • Texas Tech, 2010 (71%, 251 rushing, 441 total offense, 0 TOs). ISU won 52-38
  • Oklahoma State, 2001 (84%, 285 rushing, 435 total offense, 0 TOs). ISU won 28-14
  • UNLV, 1995 (100%, 586 rushing, 648 total offense, 0 TOs). ISU won 57-30

There have been eight other contests since ’93 when the Cyclones hit that percentage, netted that much rushing and gained more than 400 yards. But, they also had a turnover.

  • Kansas, 2012 (79%, 241 rushing, 548 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 51-23
  • Baylor, 2009 (69%, 240 rushing, 454 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 24-10
  • Kansas State, 2005 (70%, 221 rushing, 415 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 45-17
  • Missouri, 2002 (66%, 177 rushing, 602 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 42-35
  • Baylor, 2001 (83%, 179 rushing, 509 total offense, 1TO). ISU won 41-0
  • Iowa, 2000 (67%, 246 rushing, 485 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 24-14
  • Wyoming, 1996 (77%, 249 rushing, 474 total offense, 1 TO). ISU lost 38-41
  • Northern Illinois, 1993 (78%, 337 rushing, 543 total offense, 1 TO). ISU won 54-10

 The Kansas game last fall (a 51-23 bowl-clinching win) began with a Steele Jantz fumble on the first drive of the game. Sam Richardson replaced him on the third series and led an offense that completed 79% of its throws, had 241 net yards rushing and 548 total yards in a 28-point win.

 So, Richardson has been behind center in two of the better offensive games in the last two decades at ISU.

 Certainly, a tough loss like the UNI game two weeks ago can lead to wayward opinions. Lots of people were sharing strong sentiments about the ISU offense on online channels last week.

 On closer inspection, though, the Cyclone offense did some pretty special things against the Panthers. With Richardson at the controls, we’ll see if it can continue.

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