The Iowa State football team took out all their frustrations on the Kansas Jayhawks, dismantling them 34-0 in a surprise blowout in the cold weather. It was all thanks to the seniors that put on a final show in front of the fans that braved the frigid temperatures.
Finally, the depth at running back came into fruition. Shontrelle Johnson led all runners with 85 yards on 13 carries and a touchdown. He had another 31-yard rushing touchdown on the Cyclones’ third drive of the game, but it was called back by a holding call on E.J. Bibbs.
James White finally saw some action with seven carries for 33 yards and a touchdown as well. Jeff Woody wasn’t able to get a touchdown due to Grant Rohach’s fumble into the endzone on their final drive, but he had five total carries for 24 yards.
Defensively, Jeremiah George had another double-digit day with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. It was his ninth game having 11 or more total tackles in one game, and bumps his season total up to 126.
Jacques Washington joined in on the fun as well with 13 tackles, putting his total above the century mark with 111. How impressive have both George and Washington been this season? The next best tackler on the team is Deon Broomfield with 54 total tackles after tonight.
The seniors weren’t the only players having fun tonight. Grant Rohach had his best night by far as the starting quarterback. He was surprisingly efficient completing 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. One highlight was a 58-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Wimberly.
Along with 49 yards on the ground, Wimberly hit over the century mark in all-purpose yards for the first time since Baylor.
Obviously, Rohach benefited from a solid running attack to keep the Kansas defense on their heels, but he definitely took a step forward at quarterback on a tough surface to play on. It also helped that another senior, wide receiver Justin Coleman, stepped up with eight catches for 78 yards.
Don’t forget about E.J. Bibbs or Quenton Bundrage, showcasing future talent with receiving yards of 71 and 63, respectively.
Give this win to the seniors, they fought hard tonight for Iowa State’s first Big 12 win and they deserve to party tonight. The Cyclones will have a chance to end the season with three wins when they head to Morgantown to take on West Virginia next Saturday.