AMES, Iowa – Iowa State held a 21-14 lead at the end of the first quarter but was unable to put more points on the board as it fell to No. 3 TCU, 45-21, Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium. With the loss, the Cyclones fall to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 play. TCU improves to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
A wild first quarter ended with Iowa State leading by seven points behind 262 yards of offense. The Cyclones got on the board first with a two-yard plunge from freshman Joshua Thomas.
TCU roared back with back-to-back passing touchdowns off the arm of Trevone Boykin. Boykin hit Josh Doctson from 20-yards out and Kolby Listenbee from 21 yards to put the Horned Frogs in front 14-7. Joel Lanning then connected with Allen Lazard for a 74-yard score to knot it up at 14-14 with 6:01 left in the quarter.
The Cyclones went in front with just 1:49 left in the opening stanza as Mike Warren punched it in on a four-yard run. TCU would tie it at 21-21 on the first play of the second quarter as Boykin tossed his third TD of the game, this one to Charlie Reid from the 14-yard line. The difference in the first half proved to be Jaden Oberkrom’s 23-yard field goal with two seconds left on the clock.
TCU would extend its lead to 17 points with touchdowns on the first drive of the third and fourth quarters. Kyle Hicks had a 13-yard run and Boykin scored from three yards out as the Horned Frogs gained control of the game.
While ISU’s offense continued to stall out before it was able to put points on the board, TCU added to its lead when Boykin hit Doctson for another score, this one a 42-yard catch and run.
Keys of the Game
While the Cyclone offensive attack was impressive in the first quarter, TCU’s defense was able to shut it down the rest of the way. Iowa State had just 199 yards after the opening period.
TCU got its offense going after the first quarter and finished with 621 yards of total offense. The Horned Frogs were 6-of-7 on trips in the red zone.
Boykin finished 27-of-32 for 436 yards and four scores, while Doctson had 10 catches for 190 yards.
Players of Note…
The Cyclone receivers had a good night with Lazard finishing with five catches for a career-high 147 yards and a touchdown. Quenton Bundrage had his best game since returning from an injury that cost him his 2014 season in the first game. Bundrage had a team-high seven receptions for 86 yards.
Richardson was 22-for-36 for 251 yards through the air. On the ground, freshman Mike Warren led the Cyclones with 78 yards on 22 carries. Warren’s first quarter touchdown was his third of the season.
Defensively, Brian Peavy and Kamari Cotton-Moya each led the way with nine tackles. Nigel Tribune forced a fumble and recovered it in the first half.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Game attendance: 52,480
*ISU’s 21 points equals the most points scored in a first quarter since 2011 at Texas Tech. ISU had a combined 16 points in the first quarter of the first five games this season.
*Lazard’s 74-yard TD catch was the longest of his career and ISU’s longest play from scrimmage since 2013.
*Lazard now has a catch in all 18 career games.
*Iowa State gained 461 yards of total offense, giving them four consecutive games with 450 yards or more for the first time in school history.
*Thomas’ opening quarter touchdown run was his fourth career touchdown.
*Tribune’s forced fumble was the second of his career.
*TCU’s 45 points were its second-fewest this season.
Iowa State travels to Baylor next Saturday at 11 a.m. The game will be televised by either ABC or ESPN.