AMES, IA Ð SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Mike Warren #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with teammate wide receiver Allen Lazard #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones after scoring a touchdown in the first half of play against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

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The Eyes of Texas: Three Cyclones the Horns will be watching

Posted October 14th, 2016

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On Saturday night against Iowa State, the eyes of Texas will be upon …

 

Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard (5) is hit by Oklahoma State safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder (3) as he catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Iowa State wide receiver Allen Lazard (5) is hit by Oklahoma State safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder (3) as he catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

ALLEN LAZARD, WR

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Lazard leads Iowa State in receptions (27, to Trever Ryen’s 24) and receiving yards (383, to Ryen’s 283), and he has hauled in a team-high four touchdown passes. The 6-4, 223-pound junior, however, was held in check in losses to Baylor (three catches) and TCU (one). But he did top 100 yards against Northern Iowa and Iowa and had two touchdown catches last week against Oklahoma State. In his two previous games against Texas, Lazard has 14 catches.

AMES, IA Ð SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Mike Warren #2 of the Iowa State Cyclones celebrates with teammate wide receiver Allen Lazard #5 of the Iowa State Cyclones after scoring a touchdown in the first half of play against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
Iowa State running back Mike Warren (2) celebrates with wide receiver Allen Lazard (5) after scoring a touchdown in the first half of play against the San Jose State Spartans at Jack Trice Stadium on September 24, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

MIKE WARREN, RB

Warren enters this week as the ninth-leading rusher in the Big 12, and his 72.7 yards per game are a few yards better than Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill, who touched up Texas for 135 yards. Warren is averaging 4.4 yards per carry, but has fallen short of 15 carries in three of Iowa State’s six games. Two weeks ago against Baylor, though, the Cyclones gave it to Warren 30 times, and he responded with 130 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Iowa State wide receiver Trever Ryen is tackled by Baylor defensive back Travon Blanchard after catching a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
Iowa State wide receiver Trever Ryen is tackled by Baylor defensive back Travon Blanchard after catching a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)

TREVER RYEN, WR/RET

In addition to being Iowa State’s second-leading receiver, Ryen has also boosted the Cyclones’ numbers on special teams. He entered this week as the Big 12’s leading punt returner at 16.3 yards per return — six yards better than Baylor’s Tony Nicholson. Ryen, a 5-11, 192-pound junior, also is averaging 11.8 yards per catch and is coming off his best performance of the season (six catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the 38-31 loss to Oklahoma State).

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