TULSA, Okla. — Iowa State dominated Tulsa in the second half in the trenches — and on the scoreboard.
Sam Richardson completed 26 of 41 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, and Aaron Wimberly ran for 137 yards on 19 carries to help Iowa State beat Tulsa 38-21 on Thursday night. It marked the third time the teams had played in 13 months, with the Cyclones winning twice.
“That’s all we talked about coming in was winning those battles and being the more physical team,” Richardson said. “Their defense is a lot younger, and we wore them down.”
Jeff Woody ran for three short scores, and the Cyclones took advantage of four Tulsa turnovers to improve to 1-2. Tulsa dropped to 1-3.
Tulsa quarterback Cody Green lost control twice on exchanges with a running back in the first half, then dropped a ball behind him attempting to pass on the first possession of the second half. He was replaced a series later by redshirt freshman Dane Evans, who failed to generate any offense. Green returned in the fourth quarter, throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Roberson before being intercepted on his next possession.
Green finished 18-of-31 for 237 yards with two touchdowns and the interception.
“Very disappointing,” Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship said. “We are not very good right now. We did not play well tonight, and we’ve got a lot of work to do before we move into conference play.”
Tulsa’s third turnover led to a 28-yard touchdown drive capped by a 16-yard pass from Richardson to E.J. Bibbs that put Iowa State ahead to stay at 21-14. Woody’s 1-yard run made it 28-14 late in the third quarter. Cole Netten added a 40-yard field goal as the Cyclones pushed it to 31-14.
After Tulsa cut it to 31-21 on Green’s second touchdown pass, Iowa State dominated the final 8 minutes, scoring again on Woody’s 3-yard run with 1:56 left.