The culprit was Cyclone receiver Quenton Bundrage. Bundrage caught three second-half touchdown passes vs. the Hawkeyes to become only the seventh Cyclone to hit paydirt three times on a reception in a game.
“It was very exciting for me to catch those three touchdowns,” Bundrage said. “It will be very hard to do it again, but who knows, maybe I can.”
For the little amount this has happened in the 122 years of Iowa State football, it’s amazing to realize Bundrage’s three-touchdown performance was the third from a Cyclone receiver in the last two seasons. The first time was when Josh Lenz caught a trio of touchdown passes to help the Cyclones upset No. 15 TCU, 37-23 in Fort Worth. A mere three weeks later, Jarvis West joined the elite club when he corralled three TD receptions to aid ISU to a 35-21 win over Baylor in Jack Trice Stadium.
If you are adding it up at home, this means the Cyclones have had a player grab three TDs in a game three times in the last 11 games. Before Lenz did it, it had happened only three times from 1951-2005, a span of 590 games.
“It’s a good thing to be a part of this history and it’s kind of weird that it’s happened three times in the last two years.” Bundrage added. “I’m honored to be a part of this club and hopefully it will happen again.”
Let’s take a closer look at this exclusive club of pass-catchers. George Gast has the honor as the first Cyclone to do it. Gast only caught four balls for a skimpy total of 28 yards vs. Kansas State in 1943. However, three of his catches went for six points, as ISU blanked the Wildcats 48-0.
All-American receiver Jim Doran then equaled Gast’s record seven years later with a three-touchdown game vs. Missouri in 1950.
Now let’s skip ahead 48 years. That’s how long it took for it to happen again when Damien Groce recorded 10 catches for 116 yards and three touchdowns vs. Texas Tech in 1998.
Todd Blythe is the only person to do it twice, and his four-touchdown game vs. Texas A&M in 2005 is the gold standard single-game performance for an ISU receiver in school history. Blythe lit up the Aggies for 214 yards and four TD catches, a record which still stands today. Blythe also had a three-touchdown game the year before vs. Northern Illinois.
Only a sophomore, it will be fun to see if Bundrage can keep adding his name to the list.
ISU Players With Three Or More Touchdown Catches In A Game
1. George Gast 3 vs. Kansas State in 1943
2. Jim Doran 3 vs. Missouri in 1950
3. Damien Groce 3 vs. Texas Tech in 1998
4. Todd Blythe 3 vs. Northern Illinois in 2004
5. Todd Blythe 4 vs. Texas A&M in 2005
6. Josh Lenz 3 vs. TCU in 2012
7. Jarvis West 3 vs. Baylor in 2012
8. Quenton Bundrage 3 vs. Iowa in 2013