Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads confirmed Monday that he’ll start sophomore quarterback Joel Lanning against Texas.
He also demoted offensive coordinator Mark Mangino, replacing him with Todd Sturdy, who had been in charge of the passing game.
Lanning, a sophomore, relieved Sam Richardson against Baylor and re-energized the team.
“The energy he helped create was a positive thing,” Rhoads said. “He performed at a high level against a very good football team.”
Baylor beat the Cyclones, 45-27. But the Bears owned a 35-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Lanning, a dual threat, completed 12 of 17 passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns.
“He’s not just a runner but a thrower, too,” Rhoads said. “Now we’re giving him a chance to run the whole show.”
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