The Ottumwa Courier

AP Sports

October 29, 2013

Cyclones hit bottom with back-to-back blowouts

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Lost in the uproar over Iowa State's controversial loss to Texas earlier this month was that it appeared to show that the Cyclones could hang with the best of the Big 12.

Not anymore.

A thin and inexperienced roster was decimated by injuries, and the bottom fell out for Iowa State. The Cyclones have lost their last two games by a combined 95 points and appear headed for their worst season under fifth-year coach Paul Rhoads.

Iowa State (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) heads to Kansas State on Saturday needing to win every game left on its schedule for bowl eligibility.

Given how poorly the Cyclones have played over the past few weeks, such a streak seems unlikely.

"It's a challenge, for sure, to keep them motivated. It's one that welcome. It's one that I think I'm pretty good at," Rhoads said. "These guys are mature enough to understand that college football isn't a Cinderella story...it's not a fairy tale. You win by having great preparation and great execution."

Staying healthy is also important — and neither quarterback Sam Richardson nor running back Aaron Wimberly were around by the second half of Oklahoma State's 58-27 blowout win on Saturday.

Richardson, who has been battling an ankle injury since the opener, had 95 yards passing and 64 yards rushing in just over a quarter as the Cyclones worked to rally from an early 21-0 deficit.

But Richardson slid awkwardly on a third down run early in the second quarter and was hit in the head and neck by linebacker Tyler Johnson. Richardson spent the rest of the afternoon on the bench, and backup Grant Rohach finished with just 97 yards on 12 of 23 passing.

Richardson is expected to start Saturday against the Wildcats.

"Sam is fine. He practiced (Sunday), did everything we asked of him," Rhoads said. "The plan will be to go through the week and make sure that he's 100 percent off this recent injury and can operate the offense."

Text Only
AP Sports
  • Blackhawks Blues Hockey-6 [Duplicate] Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs ST. LOUIS (AP) — In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought. M

    April 18, 2014 12 Photos

  • Cardinals Nationals Baseball-9 [Duplicate] Wainwright throws 2-hitter, Cards beat Nats 8-0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright was as close to unhittable as he's ever been. "I had pretty much everything working. My sinker was sinking, my four-seamer was four-seaming, my curveball was curving," Wainwright said. "My cutter was back. That was a

    April 18, 2014 6 Photos

  • Wild Avalanche Hockey-3 [Duplicate] Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild DENVER (AP) — Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver. Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • NL Capsules SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu stretched his road scoreless streak to 26 innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 2-1 Thursday to avoid a sweep. Ryu (3-1) struck out three and walked one on a season-high 112 pitches in s

    April 18, 2014

  • AL Capsules DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kinsler homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers held on for a 7-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday. Justin Verlander (2-1) allowed three unearned runs in five innings, and the Tigers trailed 3-1 before

    April 18, 2014

  • Ricketts: Cubs not interested in move to suburbs NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts thinks a move to the suburbs might be lucrative but says his team remains committed to refurbishing century-old Wrigley Field. The Cubs won approval from Chicago's City Council last July for a $500 mill

    April 16, 2014

  • Cardinals Brewers Baseball-6 [Duplicate] Cards pitching shuts down Brewers again 6-1 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park. A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits ov

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • NL Capsules CINCINNATI (AP) — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays. First, the

    April 16, 2014

  • Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the fa

    April 16, 2014

  • Gay rights group sends petition to IOC LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — More than 100,000 members of an international gay rights group have sent messages to the IOC urging changes to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books. The group All Out re

    April 16, 2014

Obituaries
Record
Facebook
AP National