AMES – Iowa State dominated every facet of the game in a 66-10 rout of Texas Tech Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium. With the win, Iowa State improves to 3-8 overall and 2-6 in Big 12 play. Texas Tech falls to 4-7 overall and 2-6 in conference action.
Quarterback Joel Lanning had a field day on the ground, tying the school record with five rushing touchdowns. The Ankeny, Iowa native, also broke the school record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 11 this season.
Iowa State‘s 66 points broke the school record for most points against a conference opponent and were the most scored by the Cyclones since 1980.
Keys of the Game
Iowa State’s offense and defense dominated from the start as the Cyclones rolled out to a 45-3 lead at the end of the first half.
The scoring got started with Lanning rushing for the first of four touchdowns, this one a 24-yard scamper to start the scoring with 11:17 left in the first quarter. After Texas Tech notched a field goal for its only points of the first half, Jacob Park ran for his first touchdown and put the Cyclones up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
ISU rattled off five touchdowns in the second quarter, including a 34-yard one-handed grab by Allen LazardClick here to hear it from Park. Lanning added a five-yard TD run and Kamari Cotton-MoyaClick here to hear it picked off a Patrick Mahomes II pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, ISU’s first defensive score since 2014.
Lanning continued his impressive rushing performance with another two scores on the ground in the second half, one from 19 yards and another from 35 yards, to become the first Cyclone since Ennis Haywood tallied four scores against Kansas in 2001.
The offense racked up 608 yards of total offense, the sixth-most in school history.
Players of Note…
There were many for the Cyclones, but offensively it was Lanning and Park who led the way. Lanning rushed for 171 yards on 17 carries and five scores. Park was the designated passer, completing 14-of-18 passes for 285 yards and two scores.
Lazard had another impressive performance, making seven catches for 137 yards and his 16th career touchdown reception. Hakeem Butler had the only other TD reception, snaring a pass from Park and running it in for the 39-yard score.
The defense completely bottled up the potent Red Raider offense, holding them to just 306 yards and 10 points. The Red Raiders entered the game averaging 46 points and 582.7 yards.
*Iowa State’s 45 first-half points is the second-most scored in any half in school history…it is the seventh time in school history that Iowa State scored 50+ points against a conference opponent.
*Allen LazardClick here to hear it registered his fifth 100-yard receiving game, tying the ISU single-season school record (Tracy Henderson, 1983).
*Kamari Cotton-MoyaClick here to hear it’s second quarter interception return for a TD was ISU’s first defensive touchdown since Jevohn Miller returned a fumble 55 yards against Texas in 2014.
*Cotton-Moya had a fumble recovery in addition to his interception…he had two takeaways in the first 27 games of his career.
*ISU held its opponent to below its season average for the fifth time in the last six games.
*Hakeem Butler had his second-career touchdown reception.
*Evrett Edwards had his first-career interception for the Cyclones.
The Cyclones end the 2016 season next Saturday when they play host to West Virginia. The game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on FS1.