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ISU return unit sets record

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Iowa State's special teams showed up big time in Saturday night's win over UNI, but none more than the Cyclone punt return unit.

Sophomore receiver Allen Lazard started in the return position for the first time in his career, but looked comfortable from the get-go. Lazard averaged 25 yards on 4 return attempts, as the Cyclones set a team record with 193 total return yards.

That total was boosted when transfer and former UNI track athlete Trever Ryen broke away on an 81 yard return for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter. Ryen fielded the punt after the ball took four hops, which was a play that Paul Rhoads says technically the sophomore shouldn't have made.

"He went against rules fielding that punt and taking off with it," conceded Rhoads, "but to get him in space and see him make a couple moves and showcase his speed was good for the program, good for Trever."

Understandably, Ryen was unapologetic.

"I just felt like it was the right thing to do at the time," said Ryen, "I knew I shouldn't grab it because he only gives us a couple bounces.  I think it was like four bounces and I took off with it, but it resulted in something good I guess."

The Cyclones will be looking for more success in the return game as they host Iowa in the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry on Saturday.

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