Iowa State’s Brock Purdy made one of the worst plays you’ll ever see a quarterback make.
With his team leading TCU 16-7 early in the third quarter, Purdy felt heavy pressure in his face. Instead of taking the sack for about a 12-yard loss, Purdy chucked the ball indiscriminately as he was being brought to the turf.
That went about as you would expect. The ball landed right in the waiting arms of La'Kendrick Van Zandt, who then jogged 24 yards for what will probably be the easiest touchdown of his career.
Because Purdy chucked it backwards, the play went in the books as a 24-yard fumble return for Van Zandt, not an interception. Still, it was a play that is inexcusable for a third-year starter like Purdy to make. Van Zandt’s touchdown cut Iowa State’s lead from 16-7 to 16-14 with 13:50 left in the third quarter.
Purdy had a rough outing in Iowa State’s season-opening loss to Louisiana two weeks ago. But other than that mishap, he had a pretty solid outing on Saturday.
In a 37-34 Iowa State win, Purdy completed 18-of-22 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown. The Cyclones also got a huge performance from running back Breece Hall, who finished the afternoon with 155 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries.
With the win, Iowa State improved to 1-1 on the year.
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