He did not waste the opportunity.
The athletic Richardson connected on 23-of-27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns, and also ran for a goal-line touchdown in the fourth to lead Iowa State past Kansas 51-23. The loss was the 20th straight Big 12 loss for KU (1-10).
Richardson, who had only seen spot mop-up duty this year, engineered four straight scoring drives in the second quarter and the Cyclones (6-5 overall, 3-5 Big 12) led to touchdowns on four straight possessions in the second quarter while taking a 38-17 lead.
Richardson did not start the game, coming to the aide of starter Richardson Steele Jantz on the Cyclones' third series. Richardson completed passes to 12 different Cyclones players.
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