Iowa State's Lazard works his way back with two TDs
Iowa State notebook: Lazard has most productive day in a month; Also: Freshman Jones a third throwing option; Cotton-Moya out against OSU; 13 in a row for Netten; New Sanders in Stillwater
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STILLWATER, Okla. — Iowa State junior receiver Allen Lazard continues to work his way back from a foot injury that has hampered his production.
After Iowa State’s 38-31 loss to Oklahoma State in which he caught six passes for 55 yards and two scores, Lazard pronounced himself healthy.
“That was probably the first time I have felt close to 100 percent,” Lazard said.
After 100-plus yard performances in losses to Northern Iowa and Iowa, the 6-foot-5 junior from Urbandale was limited to eight catches for 88 yards over the next three contests.
“I didn’t practice as much, so my conditioning wasn’t where it was supposed to be,” Lazard said. “It’s football, you just have to play through it.”
Lazard practiced both Tuesday and Wednesday and caught touchdowns from both Joel Lanning and Jacob Park. Lazard has at least one reception in a school-record 29 straight games.
ISU UNVEILS THIRD THROWING OPTION
Through six games, Iowa State continues to find offensive rhythm while rotating quarterbacks Joel Lanning and Jacob Park into the action.
Now, it looks like the Cyclones might be testing a third throwing option.
Twice in the first half against Oklahoma State, Iowa State freshman receiver Deshaunte Jones fielded a pitch from Lanning and drifted to the right sideline as he searched for a receiver downfield. In both instances, his target was covered and Jones wisely elected to tuck the ball and run for yardage.
“We’ve got some things dialed up for him,” Lanning said. “Deshaunte held the ball and made some big plays off it. That’s huge for a young freshman to not throw it up and get a pick. Just hold onto it, make a play and he got us a few yards off of it.”
Passing the ball is no stranger to the 5-foot-10, 175-pound receiver. Jones played quarterback at Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. His runs of nine and 15 yards both resulted in first downs that extended scoring drives.
NO COTTON-MOYA FOR CYCLONES
Iowa State junior defensive back Kamari Cotton-Moya did not play Saturday against Oklahoma State as he continues to recover from an injury sustained in last week’s 45-42 loss to Baylor.
“Kamari really got dinged up last week and practiced towards the end of this week, but just wasn’t ready to go and will probably be a question mark early next week to see where he is at,” Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell said.
Receiver Trever Ryen left the game in the third quarter after sustaining an apparent ankle injury on a punt return, and Allen Lazard had the wind knocked out of him and remained down on the field after the frenetic desperation lateral at the end of the game. Both are expected to be fine.
NETTEN CONVERTS LUCKY 13
Senior kicker Cole Netten extended his own school record with a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter. The kick was Netten’s 13th made field goal in a row.
A NEW SANDERS IN STILLWATER
It has been 28 years since a Sanders toted the ball for Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State senior Barry J. Sanders — son of former 1988 Oklahoma State Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders — has played sparingly for the Cowboys after his arrival from Stanford as a graduate transfer.
The 5-foot-10, 198-pound senior carried the ball four times for nine yards and added an 18-yard kickoff return Saturday against Iowa State.
Before playing at Stanford, Barry J. Sanders played his high school ball in nearby Oklahoma City.
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