AMES — Iowa State played like it was expected to when the season started.
After two sub-par games the offense found its rhythm and the defense continued to dominate as No. 14 Iowa State beat UNLV 48-3 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Running back Breece Hall was finally able to break off some big runs and scored Iowa State’s first two touchdowns. He finished with 100 yards and two touchdowns. Hall got 83 of his yards and both touchdowns in the first half.
He tied the Big 12 record for most consecutive games with a rushing touchdown with 15 consecutive games. He’s tied with Missouri’s Corby Jones who set the record in 1997-98.
“Breece did great,” quarterback Brock Purdy said after the game on CBS Sports. “He didn’t over think anything and that’s when he’s great.”
Hall wasn’t the only offensive player to tie or break a record … or two.
Purdy found his rhythm as well against the Runnin’ Rebels. He set two career records on Saturday. The first was the Iowa State all-time yardage record with 10,638 yards. Bret Meyer held the record, which was 10,422 yards.
The second record was the Iowa State all-time leader in passing yards, which was also held by Meyer when he threw for 9,499 yards in his career. Purdy’s new record currently sits at 9,607.
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Purdy finished the game completing 21 of his 24 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed six times for 33 yards.
He found Xavier Hutchinson early and often. Hutchinson, who also hadn’t quite got his footing before the UNLV game, found his stride. Hutchinson caught a career high 10 passes for a career high 133 yards and two touchdowns.
After missing the first game due to injury and getting his feet wet against Iowa, Charlie Kolar also broke out. He had a 33-yard touchdown in the third quarter and finished with four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown.
“Yeah the offense was good,” Purdy said after the game on CBS Sports. “It felt good to come out here and get some juice going, especially after last week. It was good to go out there and get it. Our offense was clicking on all cylinders.”
Iowa State punted for the first time in the fourth quarter when the backups were in.
While the offense broke out of its funk it found itself in after the first two games, the defense continued to dominate opponents.
Linebackers Mike Rose and Gerry Vaughn led the defense with seven tackles and two tackles for a loss.
Safety Isheem Young got his second interception of the season and added three tackles to his state line.
“The defense is the heart and soul of our team,” Purdy said. “They get the offense going and we feed off of them.”
UNLV scored its lone field goal while Iowa State’s backups were in and UNLV still had its first-team offense on the field.
The Cyclones continue their road trip next week when they travel to Waco, Texas to play Baylor.
ISU 48, UNLV 3
Iowa St. 7 17 14 10 — 48
UNLV 0 0 3 0 — 3
ISU—Hall 1 run (Mevis kick), 8:04.
ISU—Hall 1 run (Assalley kick), 14:56.
ISU—Hutchinson 20 pass from Purdy (Mevis kick), 1:52.
ISU—FG Assalley 40, :03.
ISU—Kolar 33 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick), 11:03.
UNLV—FG Gutierrez 30, 3:39.
ISU—Hutchinson 17 pass from Purdy (Mevis kick), 1:51.
ISU—FG Mevis 54, 8:23.
ISU—Silas 1 run (Assalley kick), 5:07.
First downs 27 7
Total Net Yards 493 135
Rushes-yards 37-184 30-41
Passing 309 94
Punt Returns 4-23 0-0
Kickoff Returns 2-52 5-82
Interceptions Ret. 1-5 0-0
Comp-Att-Int 23-30-0 10-19-1
Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 4-11
Punts 1-31.0 7-39.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 6-47 6-47
Time of Possession 32:34 27:26
RUSHING—Iowa St., Hall 21-100, Purdy 6-33, Silas 5-32, Dekkers 1-12, Sanders 3-4, Brock 1-3. UNLV, C.Williams 19-42, Martell 5-5, Magyar 1-3, Reese 1-(minus 3), Friel 4-(minus 6).
PASSING—Iowa St., Purdy 21-24-0-288, Dekkers 2-6-0-21. UNLV, Friel 8-13-1-67, Martell 2-6-0-27.
RECEIVING—Iowa St., Hutchinson 10-133, Kolar 4-69, Scates 3-54, Anderson 1-22, Shaw 1-15, Allen 1-12, Noel 1-5, Hall 1-0, Milton 1-(minus 1). UNLV, Fauolo 4-36, Jakes 2-21, Collins 1-15, Jenkins 1-13, Magyar 1-6, K.Williams 1-3.
MISSED FIELD GOALS—None.