How it happened: Kansas State needed only 11 plays to put up 10 points all within the first five minutes of Saturday’s game and added a field goal later in the quarter to hold a 13-0 lead. The latter pushed the unanswered point total for the Cyclones to 47-straight.
What Iowa State needed was a spark after going three-and-out on the first two drives of the game, and it came in the form of speedster Jarvis West. He picked up 38 of Iowa State’s 85 yards on the team's final drive of the opening quarter, catching a 17-yard pass in the end zone to put the Cyclones on the board as the quarter neared an end.
The West-effect continued in the second quarter when he returned a Kansas State punt 82 yards for an Iowa State lead. That lead grew when West showed off his arm, connecting with true freshman Allen Lazard on a 29-yard touchdown pass.
The Wildcats didn't go quietly in the first half, driving down the field as the half came to an end. Kansas State advanced with the help of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a catch along the sideline that went unreviewed.
The Cyclones' one-score, 28-20 lead held through a scoreless third quarter. Iowa State began driving in the final quarter before a pass to West was taken away for an interception. Kansas State marched down the field to score before safety Kamari Cotton-Moya preserved a two-point lead by stopping K-State quarterback Jake Waters at the goal line on the conversion attempt.
After Iowa State punted with nearly three minutes remaining in the game, Kansas State marched down the field to score a game-winning touchdown when Iowa State failed to convert a first down in the final minute.
- Jarvis West proved to be a spark for the Cyclones' offense on Saturday. He started the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown reception, followed it with an 82-yard punt return for a touchdown and showed off his arm in the first half, too, when he found Allen Lazard for a 29-yard touchdown pass.
- Iowa State mixed up its linebacker rotation, shifting Jevohn Miller to middle linebacker with Luke Knott taking over at the WLB slot. Drake Ferch continued to start for the Cyclones at the SLB/nickel position.
- Redshirt freshman Jake Campos assumed the starting duties at right tackle after Jacob Gannon left the team Thursday.
- After starting 0-for-2, Sam Richardson completed 14 consecutive passes for a third quarter incompletion. The Iowa State record for consecutive completions was set by Seneca Wallace in 2001 when he completed 18 straight against Baylor.