“Whenever you take off, unless there was an absolute necessity on a third down or a fourth down, he would take as few hits as could. He wasn’t feeling so hot. Another bye week is going to help with that,” Iowa State running back Jeff Woody said of Richardson.
Despite a terrible start on offense, Iowa State got back in the game with one throw.
The Hawkeyes answered by beating the Cyclones on a similar scoring play — and then ran right through the heart of Iowa State’s defense.
Bundrage caught a ball near the sidelines and got past Lowery and the rest of Iowa’s defense for a 67-yard touchdown, making it 13-7 Iowa with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
But Rudock found Jacob Hillyer near Iowa State’s 15-yard line, and he beat a pair of Cyclones defenders for a 26-yard TD reception and a 20-7 lead just before the start of the fourth quarter. The Hawkeyes then ran 14 times in 15 plays on the weary Cyclones, a drive that ended on a 1-yard TD plunge by Rudock.
Weisman has rushed for at least 100 yards in Iowa’s first three games. The last Hawkeye to do that was Shonn Greene five years ago, when he won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.
Weisman “is a hard-nosed runner with a hard-nosed style of offense. In case you didn’t recognize, that was two tight ends and two backs, old-fashioned football out there,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “They ran it very effectively. They controlled the line of scrimmage.”