Cyclone Game Balls: KU

Defensive lineman Brent Curvey

Talk about being in the right place at the right time again, Cyclone defensive lineman Brent Curvey was just that when he returned a Kansas fumble 30 yards for a touchdown with 6:17 remaining in the first half. It was the second consecutive game that Curvey had scored for Iowa State's defense, as he had returned a Baylor fumble 65 yards in Waco.

Iowa State defensive end Shawn Moorehead also deserves some of the credit, as he made the initial hit on Kansas quarterback Brian Luke and forced the fumble.

Place-kicker Bret Culbertson

The Cyclones' place-kicking woes of early in the season might finally be over with, thanks to a freshman walk-on from Des Moines' Lincoln High School. Culbertson came on to hit field goals of 34 and 22 yards in the victory over the Jayhwaks.

His emergence could not have come at a better time, as ISU had lost a game at Colorado two weeks ago largely because of a bad kicking game. The Cyclones also saw their chances at Kinnick Stadium erased by three missed field goals by another freshman walk-on, Brian Jansen.

Running back Stevie Hicks

With starting quarterback Bret Meyer gimpy from a sprained ankle, Hicks shouldered the offensive load in the second half. Hicks ended the game with 110 rushing yards on 30 carries. Just how much did the Cyclones become run-oriented? Meyer attempted just three passes in the last 30 minutes of the game.

Hicks' emergence also could not have come at a better time. The sophomore had seen his carries dwindling in recent weeks, as freshman backup Jason Scales became a viable threat in the running game. Hicks now has two 100-yard games in three weeks.


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