October 15th – at Iowa State          Iowa State 22, Colorado 10

Playing in a gusty wind, the Iowa State Cyclones blew away the bumbling Buffs, 22-10.

The Iowa State homecoming crowd was sent home happy, as for the third straight game the Colorado offense had great difficulty in finding the opposition’s goal. Lee Rouson was switched from fullback to halfback for the game to try an add a spark to the offense. Rouson responded with 93 yards, but it took 29 carries to produce those yards. Steve Vogel was so ineffective at quarterback that Derek Marshall subbed in after Vogel went 3-for-16 passing.

Unlike the Notre Dame and Missouri games, the Buffs were in the game against the Cyclones throughout.

The score was 13-10 late in the first half, with the Buffs scoring on a 26-yard Tom Field field goal and a 14-yard touchdown pass from Steve Vogel to Loy Alexander. Cyclone quarterback David Archer, though, hit David Gantt for a 14-yard score and a 19-10 halftime lead for Iowa State (the PAT attempt was blocked).

After a scoreless third quarter, Colorado had a first-and-goal at the Iowa State nine yard line on the first series of the fourth quarter. Three plays netted one yard, however, forcing a field goal attempt. The snap on a 25-yard field goal attempt by Tom Field, however, was fumbled by quarterback Derek Marshall, leading to a miss by Field … and an end to the Buffs’ chances.

“We kept getting the opportunities, but we couldn’t do anything with them,” said Bill McCartney. “Those were two evenly balanced teams, and we had our opportunities, but we didn’t convert.”

Lee Rouson did manage to set an obscure team record in the game against Iowa State. Rouson, over the course of four possessions, had 14 consecutive carries. The record, though, was more of a comment about the lack of variety of weapons in the Colorado arsenal than it was about the talents of Lee Rouson …

Iowa State had been 2-3 coming into the contest, but the Buffs made the Cyclones look more like Sooners or Huskers.

Did someone say Huskers?

– Game Notes –

– The win gave Iowa State three consecutive wins over Colorado in the series for the first time since 1948-50. The win was also the fifth in six games by the Cyclones overall in the series.

– The Iowa State game marked the fifth straight game in which Derek Marshall saw action in place of Steve Vogel.

– The win gave Iowa State a 3-3 record for the 1983 season under first-year head coach Jim Criner. The Cyclones, though, would win only one game the remainder of the season, finishing with a 4-7 record (3-4 in Big Eight play).

– Junior running back Lee Rouson had a season-high 29 carries against Iowa State, gaining 93 yards. Rouson would go on to lead the team in rushing on the 1983 season, gaining 494 yards on 120 carries – and no touchdowns.


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