Scores

Final

Iowa State 38

(1-2, 1-0 away)

Tulsa 21

(1-3, 1-1 home)

Coverage: FOX Sports 1

7:30 PM ET, September 26, 2013

CHAPMAN STADIUM, TULSA, OK

1 2 3 4 T
ISU 7 7 14 1038
TLSA 0 14 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: S. Richardson (ISU) - 255 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Wimberly (ISU) - 19 CAR, 137 YDS

Receiving: T. Roberson (TLSA) - 6 REC, 63 YDS, 2 TD

Richardson, Wimberly carry Iowa State past Tulsa

Associated Press

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.

"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 had 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 Robertson 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.

"We've been working very hard and I think we've really improved," Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. "That's a lot of practices and a lot of maintaining focus to do what's right and improve and that's exactly what they did ... I thought the defense played very well. When you can hold Tulsa to 86 yards rushing that's exceptional."

The evenly played first half ended knotted at 14. Green led Tulsa on two touchdown drives, the second of which put Tulsa ahead 14-7 when Roberson, playing in his first game this year after recovering from a concussion, snatched a 9-yard touchdown pass away from defensive back P.J. Harris in the back of the end zone.

Iowa State came right back, moving 66 yards in 1:11 to tie it on a 10-yard strike from Richardson to Jarvis West 15 seconds before the half.

"That was a huge momentum shift," Rhoads said. "We weren't even going to go with the two-minute drill, but we had a nice play early in the drive and just went with it."

Iowa State took a 7-0 lead on a 13-play, 89-yard drive capped by Woody's 1-yard blast. Tulsa tied it on Trey Watts' 1-yard run.

"When you have four turnovers against even a decent team, you're really going to struggle," Blankenshiip said. "We've got to stop putting the ball on the ground. Those are unforced errors."

Iowa State rolled up 434 yards offense, including 179 rushing while limiting Tulsa to 374.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ISU
TLSA
1st Downs2522
Total Yards434374
Passing255288
Rushing17986
Penalties3-251-10
3rd Down Conversions8-183-12
4th Down Conversions2-23-4
Turnovers14
Possession35:3724:23

Passing Leaders

Iowa StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Richardson26/412556.221
TulsaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Green18/312377.621

Rushing Leaders

Iowa StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wimberly191377.2035
Richardson14251.8014
TulsaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Watts14382.7114
Douglas5244.8012

Receiving Leaders

Iowa StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ecby6599.8016
Bibbs44912.3120
TulsaRECYDSAVGTDLG
James88610.8023
Watts7699.9023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERISUTLSA
TD06:31Jeff Woody 1 Yd Run (Cole Netten Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERISUTLSA
TD04:58Trey Watts 1 Yd Run (Carl Salazar Kick) 77
TD01:33Thomas Roberson 9 Yd Pass From Cody Green (Carl Salazar Kick) 714
TD00:15Jarvis West 10 Yd Pass From Sam B. Richardson (Cole Netten Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERISUTLSA
TD12:36E.J. Bibbs 16 Yd Pass From Sam B. Richardson (Cole Netten Kick) 2114
TD03:16Jeff Woody 1 Yd Run (Cole Netten Kick) 2814
FOURTH QUARTERISUTLSA
FG10:53Cole Netten 40 Yd 3114
TD08:16Thomas Roberson 21 Yd Pass From Cody Green (Carl Salazar Kick) 3121
TD01:48Jeff Woody 3 Yd Run (Cole Netten Kick) 3821