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Kansas vs. Iowa State halftime score: Cyclones explode for 28 second-quarter points, lead Jayhawks 38-17

Outside of Tony Pierson's 55-yard touchdown run, there's been little for the Jayhawks to be excited about through the first two quarters in Lawrence, Kansas.

John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

If Kansas fans need something to be excited about regarding the Jayhawks, sophomore running back Tony Pierson should stir them up.

The Jayhawks' chances of coming back to defeat visiting Iowa State probably won't compel much enthusiasm on its own. Cyclones' freshman quarterback Sam B. Richardson has three touchdown passes, and Iowa State scored 28 second-quarter points to power their way to a 38-17 halftime lead over Kansas.

Pierson scored on a 55-yard run, and Taylor Cox scored from two yards out, giving Kansas (1-9, 0-7 Big 12) some early optimism, but Richardson hit Albert Gary for an 11-yard touchdown pass to take the 17-14 lead.

A fumble by KU's James Sims was converted into seven points, as Richardson hit Aaron Horne for a 30-yard touchdown pass. Richardson tacked on his third scoring strike, a 20-yard pass to Ernst Brun, Jr., to cap off the 38-point first half.

Coming off a 202-yard performance in a 41-34 (OT) loss to Texas Tech, Pierson has 68 yards so far. Sims has 52 yards, but clearly the Jayhawks will need to throw often in the second half.