Iowa State Cyclones wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) catches a touchdown pass in the first half of the game against Kansas at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames on Saturday, October 2, 2021. © Zach Boyden-Holmes / The Register / USA NETWORK TODAY
SOULS – The Kansas cornerback played.
Locked up with Iowa State standout wide receiver Xavier hutchinson along the sideline, he chose to try and skip the road.
Now there are safe bets and desperate bets.
This one slipped squarely into this last region as Hutchinson caught Brock purdypass, quickly turned his legs and saw no one between him and a 36-yard touchdown.
Anybody. No help – and the Jayhawks needed a lot during the Cyclones 59-7 Big 12 triumph on Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium. They do not have any. Football was fun again. A crowd of 60,446 fans waving at their cellphone cameras exulted as the records fell like well-placed dominoes for the ISU (3-2, 1-1), who also collected two turnovers and blocked a placement all leading to a 38-0 lead at halftime.
“All it took was one miss and he went,” Purdy said of the touchdown pass to Hutchinson. “And of course, it happened.”
When it comes to record breakers – or extension cords – here’s a quick list:
**Purdy dubbed the 2021 version “Brocktober” with four touchdown passes in the first quarter alone. He did it in just five attempts. His quarterback rating topped 350 – and everything in terms of team success has gone up, further and further.
“I really felt like Brock had really started playing the Brock Purdy style of football,” said the ISU head coach. Matt campbell noted. “So proud of him. Again, (it’s) kind of like the message I’m saying that you have to get stronger through struggle. And when your best players have the ability to do it, I think your team has the ability to do it.
**Fully American tailback Underwear room became the Cyclones’ all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 39. The first of two Saturdays pulled him out of a tie with Troy Davis. The second – which gave ISU a 45-7 lead at the start of the second half – came on its last postponement of the game. Hall also extended his record 12 rushing touchdown streak in consecutive games to 17 and eclipsed 3,000 rushing yards during his Cyclone career.
“Honestly, I had no idea,” Hall said of his record-breaking night. “Nobody told me before the game so it was cool and stuff. Records are cool, but I just love being there with my teammates having fun. Enjoy the victory.
**Fully American tight fin Charlie kolar caught his 19th career touchdown pass, extending his program record in that position. He also had an assist for the 28th consecutive game, tying him for third all-time in this category with Hakeem Butler.
“In the last two weeks you see a healthy Charlie Kolar like I think you see a healthy Breece Hall,” Campbell said. “So I think it’s definitely positive for (Purdy) that you have two ‘A’ players coming back to (an) ‘A’ style of football.”
**The Cyclones clinched their eighth consecutive home conference victory, a record – exactly double the best streak of four previous ones. Their 59 points are the second-best of all time against a conference opponent (66 against Pat Mahomes and Texas Tech in 2016) and they are now 13-1 in their last 14 home games in the Big 12. .
“It was as if we had finally taken that step as a team this season,” said senior safety Greg Eisworth noted. “Everything was linked. The defense gets those three outs and the offense gets points on the board. I think it’s huge, especially before this week off.
**Campbell has now won 27 league games, which ties him to Dan McCarney for the most in the program’s history.
**Purdy also extended his personal best with his 20th conference victory as an ISU quarterback and became the sixth player in league history to accumulate over 10,000 passing yards and over 1 000 yards rushing. The other five? Baker Mayfield, Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy, Trevone Boykin and Sam Ehlinger.
Good company? Undoubtedly. And the smart money is on him – and the Cyclones – climbing the leaderboards at the end of the season.
ISU is now 14-2 as of October since 2017, which is also tied for the second most wins among any FBS programs (Alabama, 15, Clemson 14) during that time.
All of this is now a well-established trend, and not a fluke. Zach Petersen recovered a fumble precisely because it’s always where it belongs. King Kym-Mani made a pass in the end zone just because he’s becoming that type of player. Enyi Uwazurike blocked that field goal – and Eisworth sent it back 55 yards to set up a touchdown – precisely because they’re leaders and “A” players in the program. Their habits lead to good fortune. As others match them, others follow.
“The reality is we have to bounce the ball in our direction,” said Campbell. “Right? In our sports, (people sometimes) say, ‘Ah, that’s luck.” No, that’s all BS You bounce the ball your way – and I think that’s a little difference from what I was looking for (after last week’s 31-29 loss to Baylor). Now I’ll say this: I thought our Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday workouts we had, I’m here I don’t dunno how long but it’s the best I’ve seen. So to me those are great indicators. Our sport is still real. You have to train well to play well and if you are ready to do it, man, great things can happen. “