Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson felt terrible heading into his first bowl game. And the redshirt freshman still managed to put together a fast start against Tulsa.
He just couldn't keep it up.
Richardson threw an interception while struggling through the middle two quarters, and the Cyclones went on to a 31-17 loss in the Liberty Bowl.
''He looked dazed because he was sick,'' Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. ''A gritty performance by the young man, who was throwing up all night, due to a flu bug that came on late after dinner.''
After going 6 of 7 for 114 yards and a touchdown to help Iowa State grab a 17-7 lead in the first quarter, Richardson was 4 of 14 for 15 yards with an interception the rest of the way. He was replaced by Steele Jantz in the fourth quarter.
Jantz was the starter when the Cyclones defeated Tulsa 38-23 in the season opener on Sept. 1. Richardson relieved Jantz against Kansas on Nov. 17 and threw seven touchdown p...