Iowa State finds the win column with Tulsa victory


No. 32 Jeff Woody runs with the ball after a pass from No. 12 Sam Richardson. Richardson played for the first time as quarterback during the the game against the University of Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012.

Alex Halsted

Five weeks into the college football season, Iowa State has found the win column.

The Cyclones (1-2) enacted revenge against Tulsa (1-3) in Oklahoma with a 38-21 victory after having two bye weeks in the early part of the season. Thursday night’s game was the third matchup between the two teams in the last 13 months and came after Iowa State lost to Tulsa in the Liberty Bowl last December. 

Iowa State got on the board first when redshirt senior running back Jeff Woody found the end zone from 1 yard out. The touchdown came two plays after junior running back Aaron Wimberly ran for 35 yards, coming just short at the goal line. 

Woody had six carries for 12 yards in the win, and crossed into the end zone three times, becoming the first Cyclone since Ryan Kock in 2005 to accomplish the feat. 

Wimberly was the other hero in Iowa State’s victory, rushing for 137 yards on 19 carries, an average of 7.2 yards per carry. The 100-yard performance was the first by an ISU player since running back Shontrelle Johnson rushed for 122 yards against Tulsa in last year’s season opener. 

After Iowa State took an early lead in the first quarter, Tulsa scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-7 lead. ISU quarterback Sam Richardson found wide receiver Jarvis West with 15 seconds left in the half to even the score.

Tulsa quarterback Cody Green fumbled on just the second play of the third quarter, one of four turnovers by the Golden Hurricane offense, to give Iowa State an opportunity to take the lead. The Cyclones went on to score 17 consecutive points for a 31-14 lead before Tulsa closed the gap to 10 points when Green connected with wide receiver Thomas Roberson with 8:16 to play.

Woody sealed the win when he scored for the third and final time with 1:48 remaining in the game. 

The win was Iowa State’s first since it beat Kansas last November. The victory also ended the Cyclones’ nonconference schedule with Big 12 play beginning next Thursday when Iowa State takes on Texas in Ames.