Iowa St., Tulsa meet in re­match of opener

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Steve Me­gargee

MEM­PHiS, TEnn. — Iowa State and Tulsa don’t nec­es­sar­ily think of the Lib­erty Bowl as a re­match, even though they faced each other Sept. 1 in the sea­son opener for both.

So much has changed since Iowa State’s 3823 vic­tory over Tulsa that both teams feel as though they’ll be fac­ing an en­tirely new op­po­nent Mon­day in a game spon­sored by Au­toZone.

“Ob­vi­ously they look like a com­ple,tely dif­fer­ent team, as do we,” Tulsa de­fen­sive end Cory Dor­ris said.

Tulsa (10-3) seeks its sec­ond 11-win sea­son in school his­tory. Iowa State (6-6) is aim­ing for its sec­ond win­ning sea­son in the last seven years.

Iowa State’s depth chart re­veals how much has changed since th­ese teams last met.

Steele Jantz threw two touch­down passes and ran for a third score in the reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­tory over Tulsa. He has since been re­placed by Sam Richard­son.

Shon­trelle John­son, who rushed for 120 yards and a touch­down against Tulsa in Septem­ber, will sit out the Lib­erty Bowl with a knee in­jury. Iowa State line­backer Jake Knott, who had 11 tack­les in the Sept. 1 matchup, missed the Cy­clones’ last four reg­u­lar-sea­son games with a shoul­der in­jury and also won’t play Mon­day.

“It isn’t the same team we had in week one,” Iowa State run­ning back James White said.

White, who has rushed for 469 yards this sea­son, re­places John­son as the Cy­clones’ main run­ning back. He will be joined in the back­field by Richard­son, who threw seven touch­down passes with­out an in­ter­cep­tion and rushed for 162 yards in Iowa State’s fi­nal two reg­u­lar-sea­son games.

Richard­son faces a Tulsa de­fense that has recorded 48 sacks and 104 tack­les for loss to set school records in each cat­e­gory.

Tulsa recorded four sacks in its loss to Iowa State, which yielded only 10 more sacks.

“The matchup with our of­fen­sive tack­les and their de­fen­sive ends will be one of the piv­otal matchups,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said.

Tulsa be­lieves it has come a long way since Sept. 1, when it squan­dered a 16-7 lead over Iowa State.

“We had to get our bumps and bruises over with. Af­ter that, we just be­came a bet­ter team and cor­rected our mis­takes,” said Tulsa line­backer DeAun­dre Brown.

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