(Eds: With AP Photos.) By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer It didn't take long for many in the crowd of 56,800 at last week's Iowa-Iowa State game to realize that Cyclones quarterback Sam Richardson could barely run.
The ankle injury that Richardson suffered in a loss to Northern Iowa two weeks earlier was still bothering him.
With Richardson severely limited in his ability to run the zone-read option or even throw with consistency, Iowa State needed a running back to emerge as a threat that Iowa's defense had to respect.
No one could do it.
The Cyclones (0-2) stumbled to just 59 yards rushing on 24 carries in a 27-21 loss to the Hawkeyes - and they didn't have a single run longer than 9 yards.
Iowa State is averaging 3.3 yards per carry through two games. It's no coincidence that both of them were losses.
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