Iowa State football: TCU ends Cyclones’ season in embarrassing fashion


Iowa State football lost another game by a lot of points to a team that will undoubtedly get into the College Football Playoff. A season that was already shattered into pieces was picked up by TCU, rolled into a ball, and smashed again.

TCU looked like a team that was under a little pressure in needing to dominate a game in the first half. Some errant throws by Trevone Boykin, a couple of plays where the offensive line fell apart, and some Iowa State defenders were able to bat down passes. For a team that struggled mightily down the stretch, it was nice to see the Cyclones making plays defensively despite still giving up a ton of yards.

Dec 6, 2014; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) speaks with Iowa State Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads after the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Offensively, it was another lump of coal. Quarterback Sam B. Richardson was clearly hobbled and wasn’t able to scramble. That reverted him to a slightly better throwing Grant Rohach. Aaron Wimberly was able to get a little running game going in the first half, but that’s about it. One of their receiving weapons, D’Vario Montgomery, limped off the field after a first down catch.

The second half turned into the same crap we’ve seen all year. Iowa State’s defense was gassed and resulted into zero effort even tackling players. Instead of being hidden on a Fox Sports regional network, it was shown on ABC, a national television audience, where everybody that wanted TCU to lose was watching.

Things got so bad, TCU had pity on Iowa State and kneeled the ball on fourth and goal. They simply handed it back to Iowa State. A “classy move” by the Horned Frogs, but talk about demoralizing.

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Iowa State ends the no good, terrible season at 2-10 and winless in the Big 12. A season with a promising start after a great competitive effort against Kansas State and a win over Iowa resulted in nothing but losses with the exception of Toledo in the middle of it.

The frustration finally ends on the field, but we’ll review the turd throughout the week. We’ll look at the 10 good things that happened, the 100 bad things that happened, and we’ll touch on the all-important question: who’s all coming back on the coaching staff, if anyone, next season.

As for TCU, all they did was do their job and had a great season after winning four games last year. Good luck in the College Football Playoffs and represent the Big 12 well.

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