ISU's Rhoads disappointed, but not surprised

2013-10-22T21:15:00Z 2013-10-31T21:57:28Z ISU's Rhoads disappointed, but not surprisedJIM NELSON Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

AMES | Paul Rhoads broke out a couple of words Tuesday he wouldn't mind if he never had occasion to use again.

"Fiasco" and "waxed" were part of the Iowa State football head coach's description of his team's 71-7 loss to Baylor Saturday.

Meeting with the media a day later than normal because of a Monday conflict, Rhoads said he didn't see that kind of result coming for his Cyclones (1-5 overall, 0-3 Big 12), but he wasn't totally shocked, either.

With 21 freshmen or sophomores on the current two-deep and an offensive line that finished with two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior, Rhoads said it wasn't hard to surmise growing pains were going to occur.

"Not with the youngsters on this particular football team," said Rhoads. "No, I didn't think we were past that. You've got ups and downs and cycles as you build something.

"We knew going into this year there were going to be a number of challenges. Did I see Saturday's result coming? Absolutely not. At 6:01, I would've told and so would have every single one of our coaches and players, that we were ready to go and compete and take the game to the end.

"But when you are playing the top scoring team in the country in total numbers, and you don't start fast and don't give your team a (chance to) believe you are going to score with them, things can get out of hand in a hurry and they did Saturday."

RICHARDSON WILL START: Rhoads anticipates that Sam Richardson will start and play the entire game at quarterback Saturday when Iowa State hosts Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. at Jack Trice Stadium.

Heading into last week's game, Rhoads indicated that freshman Grant Rohach could play against the Bears. Rohach got that opportunity, and at times it wasn't pretty.

"Productivity," Rhoads said of the decision to give Rohach a shot. "We were looking for the football team to move down the field. We were looking for first downs and we weren't getting them. We put Grant into the ballgame to try to jump start that and see what we could get accomplished."

Rohach went 8 of 13 for 65 yards with an interception and looked tentative much of the time he was on the field.

"I would love for Sam Richardson to start the game, play extremely well and not ever have to think about it," Rhoads said. "The No. 1 reason is just the knowledge he (Richardson) has pre-snap and post-snap. There are things Grant is just not there, a step behind.

"Sam's knowledge gives him that opportunity, now he has to get past some indecisiveness ... make smarter decisions and quicker judgments."

PERSONNEL UPDATE: Senior Kyle Lichtenberg, who took over for an injured Jacob Gannon at quick tackle against Baylor, came out of the game more banged up than the Cyclone staff initially believed and is doubtful for Saturday's game.

With Lichtenberg and Gannon out, that means ISU will use its seventh different starting offensive line in seven games.

The Cyclones' top corner, Jansen Watson, who has missed the last two games with a high ankle injury, is expected to be a go against OSU.

Senior tight end Pierce Richardson has a thigh injury that has lingered for more than a year and has decided to end his football career and concentrate on graduating this spring.

Quan West, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman, has been moved from wide receiver to tight end.

NEXT UP: ISU's game next Saturday at Kansas State will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

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