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Cyclone offense puts up big numbers in Spring Game

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Iowa State made 49 first downs in its Spring Game. Iowa State made 49 first downs in its Spring Game.

In an exhibition of offense, the Gold and Cardinal teams combined for 68 points and 897 yards as the Gold team beat the Cardinal squad 41-27 in the Iowa State spring football game Saturday in front of 15,000 fans in Jack Trice Stadium. The game featured 49 first downs.

Grant Rohach completed 19-of-31 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown playing for both teams. Sam Richardson completed 9-of-12 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Richardson threw TD passes of 31 yards to Justin Coleman and 5 yards to Albert Gary.

"It was a very intense day today," Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads said. "It was just like all spring has been. I am very pleased. I'm pleased with being injury free coming out of spring practice, as far as anything serious that will linger into August. Good and bad on both sides of the ball as there usually is if you go against yourselves."

DeVondrick Nealy rushed 18 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns.  Rob Standard had 65 yards on 10 carries. Rohach had 35 yards on 10 carries. Fellow tailback Aaron Wimberly gained 89 yards on 15 carries and a 20-yard TD run. Several players saw action on both teams. In addition, there were a couple instances when Iowa State kickers Cole Netten and Edwin Arceo both tried successive field-goal attempts in those situations.

"I had felt the running back position overall had the best spring," Rhoads said. "DeVondrick Nealy is running as he was capable. He is going into his third season and that is encouraging to see. James White is James White. He runs hard, smart, and knows everything about the offense. Aaron Wimberly showed why we are excited to have him and why we recruited him. Rob Standard is productive every time we play him."

Iowa State's leading tacklers were linebacker Jeremiah George and defensive back Darian Cotton with 10 each. Safety Jacques Washington and linebackers Luke Knott and Alton Meeks had seven tackles. Defensive back Sam Richardson, defensive back T.J. Mutherson, linebacker Darius White and defensive lineman Mitchell Meyers had six tackles.

"(The defense) started fast," Rhoads said. "There is a rut you can get in against yourself, where you are always seeing the same body. We tried to mix up today who would go against who. I thought that the defense came out with a high level of intensity. There is a clear separation between the majority of our 1's and 2's. We have some depth in some spots and in others we aren't there yet. We still have time though and all of them are hungry to learn."

Iowa State opens the 2013 season Aug. 31 against Northern Iowa in Jack Trice Stadium.

Courtesy: www.cyclones.com

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