ISU vs. KU: By the Quarters

<b>AMES, IA --</b> Here is a quarter-by-quarter summary of the Cyclones' six-point victory over the Jayhawks Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.

First Quarter:

Dealing with a brisk northwesterly wind, both offenses struggled to put together much offensively in their opening two drives. Cyclone quarterback Bret Meyer threw an interception to end the first drive of the game, as Jayhawk cornerback Charles Gordon recorded his fourth pick of the season.

KU took over with Adam Barmann at quarterback, and the first-year starter got his team going by hooking up with Mark Simmons for 27 yards. However, the drive ended with a missed 43-yard field goal attempt by Scott Webb that hit off the left upright.

Midway through the quarter, the Jayhawks again went three-and-out, but then saw their punt blocked and recovered by the Cyclones at their nine-yard line. ISU would have to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Bret Culbertson, however, after three runs by Jason Scales netted just four yards.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

Scales took over as the primary ball-handler on the Cyclones' next drive. The freshman from West Des Moines Valley rushed three times for 14 yards. Wide receiver Jon Davis rushed seven yards on a reverse play. But the drive killer turned out to be a holding penalty on Cale Stubbe on the reverse run. Meyer fired two incomplete passes to follow up the penalty, and Troy Blankenship was brought out for a punt.

The game's momentum took a huge swing in the Cyclones' direction on KU's next drive. Adam Barmann scrambled one too many times, and suffered a right shoulder injury. The starting quarterback had to leave the game, making way for junior backup Brian Luke. Luke threw his first pass backwards and out of bounds for an 11-yard loss.

He dropped back to pass on the following play, and ISU defensive end Shawn Moorehead forced a fumble. Brent Curvey picked up the ball and took it into the end zone for a touchdown. It was the sophomore's second fumble recovery for touchdown in as many weeks. It also gave the Cyclones a 10-0 lead with 6:17 left in the half.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

KU looked for a change of pace to start the second half, putting third-stringer Jason Swanson in at quarterback. The JUCO transfer started with an option run for eight yards on first down. However, three plays later, the Jayhawks were forced to punt on 4th-and-3. Likewise, the Cyclone offense also went-three-and-out when Hicks went nowhere on a pair of runs.

Later in the quarter, ISU's offense got rolling with a steady dose of Hicks on the ground. The sophomore tailback rushed on seven of the first nine plays of the drive, setting the Cyclones up in KU territory. After the slew of runs, the Jayhawks were whistled for a pass-interference penalty on 4th-and-3.

With a fresh set of downs, Hicks promptly ran for 10 more yards. However, the offense stalled in the red zone after Meyer was hit for an eight-yard loss on 3rd-and-2. Culbertson knocked down a 34-yard field goal to make it 13-0 with 2:27 remaining in the quarter.

With Swanson under center, KU's offense continued to slump and went three-and-out to end the session.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

While the Jayhawk offense hadn't done much the entire second half, ISU's was not much better. The Cyclones were forced to punt early in the quarter after another run-oriented drive. This time it was Scales getting a majority of the carries. The backup rusher picked up 11 yards in five carries before Blankenship was called upon to punt.

KU mustered its first drive of the half into Cyclone territory, thanks to some nifty plays by Swanson. The reserve quarterback rushed twice for 21 yards, and hit Simmons for a three-yard pass. The Jayhawks then tried some trickery when Swanson handed off to tailback Clark Green who rolled right and lofted a pass into the end zone. Cyclone safety Nik Moser was back on the play and picked off the pass.

After an ISU three-and-out and punt, the Jayhawks took over near midfield. Without much time to work and down two touchdowns, the Jayhawks went to the air. Swanson hit tight end Lyonel Anderson for 21 yards on 4th-and-6. He followed that up with a seven-yard strike to Brandon Rideau on first down. Two plays later, Swanson lofted a perfect strike to Simmons in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The PAT cut ISU's lead to 13-7 with 3:04 to play.

The Cyclone offense would be forced to punt again late in the game to give the Jayhawks an opportunity for a game-winning drive. KU set up its two-minute offense at the 19-yard line and no timeouts. But any thoughts of a comeback were erased by Ellis Hobbs' interception on the second play.

Advantage: Iowa State.


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