Despite a lingering right ankle sprain, Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson played effectively in the first half against Tulsa, engineering an eight-play, 71 second drive to tie up the game, 14-14, at halftime.
Meanwhile, Tulsa's Cody Green botched two read-option plays that resulted in turnovers but has thrown for a score and picked apart the Cyclones down the middle of the field, where he's gained most of his 160 yards passing.
Iowa State is 0-for-2 in possessions off Tulsa turnovers. The Cyclones were in control in their second series, scoring on a 13-play, 5:18 drive that culminated in a Jeff Woody touchdown. Offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham called a fantastic series, mixing two-tight personnel with four-wide sets. Downhill runs by Aaron Wimberly out of the pistol formation one play, a hitch route to Tad Ecby in a four-wide look the next.
Wimberly may have emerged as Iowa State's feature back with 77 yards rushing on seven carries, including a long of 35.
The Cyclones lost their momentum from the second series of the game to their last of the half after Cole Netten missed field goals of 47 and 43 yards. A Richardson pass was picked off by Tulsa linebacker Shawn Jackson off a deflection.
Some more notes:
The Cyclones have held Tulsa running back Trey Watts in check with 23 yards on 12 carries.
Center Tom Farniok hasn't played in every series but his return has been a big boost to the run game. Farniok looks fine pulling down the line.
Ecby leads the Cyclones in receiving with 44 yards. Quenton Bundrage has two receptions for six yards on four targets.