Cyclones send seniors off with 48-14 win over TCU

Iowa State running back Breece Hall rushed for a career-high 242 yards, scored a career-best four touchdowns and set an NCAA FBS record by running for a TD in his 24th straight game, in the Cyclones win over TCU. [ISU Athletics]

Breece Hall and Charlie Kolar added to their collection of records, Xavier Hutchinson set one of his own and Iowa State celebrated Senior Day with a 48-14 victory over TCU on Friday at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclones (7-5, 5-4) won their 11th straight Big 12 game at home, the longest current streak in the conference, and finished above .500 in the league for the fifth consecutive season. They did it with record-breaking performances throughout the game, starting with Hall.

The junior running back rushed for a career-high 242 yards, scored a career-best four touchdowns and set an NCAA FBS record by running for a TD in his 24th straight game, topping a mark that had stood for half-a-century. Arkansas’ Bill Burnett had rushing touchdowns in 23 straight games from 1968-70.

Hall scored on runs of 39, 80 — the longest of his career — and 4 yards and caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brock Purdy. It was Hall’s 20th multiple-touchdown game, tying the Big 12 record. He now has 1,472 yards for the season, the fifth-best mark in school history, and 3,941 in his career, which trails only Troy Davis in the ISU record book.

Kolar, playing his final home game, caught five passes for 65 yards, giving him 59 for the season, a school record for tight ends. Collin Franklin set the old record of 54 in 2010. Kolar also broke his own record for receiving yards by a tight end, running his season total of 723.

Hutchinson broke the school record for overall receptions, catching seven balls for 107 yards to run his season total to 82. Tracy Henderson had the old mark of 81, set back in 1983.

Purdy, who already owns most of Iowa State’s passing record, was sharp in his final game on home turf, completing 21 of 30 passes for 262 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He topped off the game with a 35-yard TD pass to tight end Chase Allen, the longest play of Allen’s career.

Purdy, one of 23 seniors making their final appearance at Jack Trice, finished 16-1 as a starter in Big 12 games at home.

TCU (5-7, 3-6) came in looking for a victory to gain bowl eligibility. The Horned Frogs had defeated Baylor and Texas Tech, teams that beat Iowa State, but the Cyclones jumped to a 17-0 lead and that left TCU scrambling to catch up the rest of the way.

Jirehl Brock scored Iowa State’s first touchdown on a 40-yard run, the longest of his career, and Andrew Mevis added field goals of 27 and 32 yards. Mevis has made 14 straight, one short of Cole Netten’s school record, and is 18-for-20 on the season.

The Iowa State defense also contributed with some big plays. The Cyclones stopped TCU three times on fourth down, including an end zone interception by Greg Eisworth; Darien Porter blocked a punt and the Cyclones recorded five sacks.

Hall’s first touchdown followed a fourth-down stop, his touchdown catch came three plays after Porter’s block and he broke loose on his 80-yard scamper on the first snap after Eisworth’s interception. Hutchison led Hall down the field on that run and cut off the final defender who had a shot at preventing the touchdown.

Iowa State finished with 541 yards, the second-best total of the season, and punted only twice.

Cyclones of Note:

Hall needed only 18 carries for his 242 yards, an average of 13.4 a pop. The Cyclones averaged 12.1 as a team.

Will McDonald notched another sack, running his season total to 11.5 to break his own school record.

Jaylin Noel returned the opening kickoff 39 yards, ISU’s longest return of the season. He also had a 36-yard return.

Linebacker Mike Rose made his 49th career start, tying JaQuan Bailey’s school record. Rose finished with six tackles, including two for a loss, broke up a pass and forced a hurry.

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