STILLWATER, Okla. – The Cowboys are heading to Ames this weekend to take on the unranked Iowa State Cyclones.
The Cowboys’ defense will have to defend against a passing and rushing attack, led by dual-threat quarterback Sam Richardson.
Richardson has 10 passing touchdowns, 1,255 yards through the air and rushed for 247 yards on the season.
While the Cowboys’ defensive line is expected overrun the Cyclones’ offensive line, Richardson could still pose problems for the Pokes with his ability to evade a tackle.
However, Richardson is playing with an injured ankle and has recorded his worst starts in his career over the last two games.
Last week, Richardson was 7 of 14 for 68 yards and one interception in the loss to Baylor.
The Cyclones’ running game is led by junior running back Aaron Wimberly.
In all, Iowa State has recorded seven rushing touchdowns and is strongest in the fourth quarter.
On the other hand, the Cowboys are known for putting away their opponents early; scoring 169-61 in the first three quarters of the game.
However, the team has a third-down conversion rate of just 38 percent this season and is averaging 4.8 yards per play.
Iowa State has only won one game this season and will likely struggle against the Cowboys’ defense.
The Cowboys’ defense ranks in the top 25 of most defensive categories including scoring defense, passes intercepted, turnovers gained, pass efficiency defense, rushing defense, red zone defense, third-down defense and fewest first downs allowed.
Oklahoma State is expected to wear out the Cyclones’ defense.
So far this season, 13 different players combined to score OSU’s 28 touchdowns.
Of those 28 touchdowns, 12 were scored via the pass and 14 were scored via the run.
Quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf have both seen playing time in recent games and both have proven to be effective.
Their main targets, Josh Stewart and Tracy Moore, will likely play a major role in this weekend’s game.
Running back Jeremy Smith has reached the end zone seven times this year and is ranked second in the Big 12.
OSU will head to Jack Trice Stadium in Ames for the game on Saturday.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Net.