Kansas State Beats Iowa State 31-10

The Wildcats used a strong fourth-quarter to secure a 31-10 win over the Cyclones. The loss drops Iowa State, which played without several starters because of injury, to 3-6 overall and 0-5 in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas State is now 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State broke open a tie game against Iowa State in the second half when KSU tailback James Johnson dashed for 32 yards and a touchdown.  The resulting 17-10 Kansas State lead, coming with 47 seconds left in the third quarter, was the Wildcats' first of the game. The Wildcats used a strong fourth-quarter to secure a 31-10 win over the Cyclones.  The loss drops Iowa State, which played without several starters because of injury, to 3-6 overall and 0-5 in the Big 12 Conference.  Kansas State is now 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the Big 12.

 

Iowa State drove 74 yards on nine plays on its initial drive of the game and Jason Scales, playing for the injured Stevie Hicks, scored from six yards out for a 7-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first quarter.  Bret Culbertson then put the Cyclones up 10-0 with the second-longest field goal of his career, a 48-yarder with 2:55 left in the first quarter.

 

"Kansas State made the big plays in the second half and we didn't," said Iowa State head football coach Dan McCarney.

 

When asked about the slew of injuries that kept key players from participating McCarney addressed the question.

 

"We have 85 scholarships like everybody else," McCarney said. "We have other players who have stepped up and we are going to get them ready for Kansas."

 

The biggest play of the game was a bizarre set of events.  Iowa State had held Kansas State back on its 8-yard line with a 10-3 ISU lead and the Wildcats set to punt with 1:56 left in the first half.  Tim Reyer's punt traveled 60 yards and then Iowa State returner Ryan Baum was knocked aside by a wave of players from both teams.  When the ball hit the ground, bounding back through Iowa State territory Cyclone Chris Singleton, thinking that the ball had been touched by a teammate (it had not), tried to scoop up the ball and then attempted to fall on it.  Kansas State's Brandon Archer recovered the ball at the Iowa State 15-yard line and the Wildcats tied the game five plays later.

 

Iowa State's Bret Meyer completed 23 of 41 passes for 280 yards but was sacked six times.  Milan Moses, subbing for starter Todd Blythe (virus), led the Cyclones with five receptions for 96 yards. Iowa State's Jason Scales rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries and the first touchdown of the game.

 

Kansas State runningback James Johnson rushed for 115 yards on 22 carries.  Iowa State actually outgained KSU, 384-317. Linebacker Tyrone McKenzie led the Cyclone defense with 11 tackles and a forced fumble.

 

Iowa State plays host to Kansas Saturday at 1 p.m. in Jack Trice Stadium.

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