Kyle Kempt, the quarterback who led Iowa State to upset victories over Oklahoma and TCU, is questionable for the Cyclones’ game next week against Baylor.
Kempt suffered an unspecified injury in his throwing shoulder last week against West Virginia, coach Matt Campell told reporters, including 247Sports’ Alex Halsted, after Saturday’s 49-42 loss to Oklahoma State.
“He got dinged up last week,” Campell said. “We thought he was pretty good because he practiced all week and I think got out there and wasn’t 100 percent.”
Saturday, Kempt led a pair of scoring drives to open the game as the Cyclones took a 14-0 lead. But Iowa State went three-and-out on its next four drives as the Cowboys took a 21-14 lead. Redshirt freshman Zeb Noland then replaced Kempt and was the Cyclones’ primary quarterback for the remainder of the game.
Kempt went 12-for-18 for 101 yards with a touchdown pass. Noland manufactured four touchdown drives while completing 17 of 28 pass attempts for 263 yards. He threw no touchdowns passes but a controversial interception in the end zone led to Iowa State’s loss.
Joel Lanning, who moved to linebacker after serving as the Cyclones’ quarterback in recent years, ran and passed for touchdowns in the game. If Kempt is unable to go, Lanning would likely be Noland’s backup.
Noland would be the Cyclones’ third starting quarterback this season. Jacob Park started the year in that role, but he’s on a leave of absence. Kempt took over, starting with a game against then-No. 3 Oklahoma, and sparked a four-game winning streak before consecutive losses to West Virginia and Oklahoma State.
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