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