Iowa State Falls to Kansas, 41-10

AMES, Iowa—Kansas held Iowa State to 213 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers en route to a 41-10 victory Saturday afternoon in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State falls to 3-7 overall and 0-6 in the Big 12. Kansas improves to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12.

AMES, IowaKansas held Iowa State to 213 yards of total offense and forced four turnovers en route to a 41-10 victory Saturday afternoon in Jack Trice Stadium. Iowa State falls to 3-7 overall and 0-6 in the Big 12. Kansas improves to 5-5 overall and 2-4 in the Big 12.

 

"This is obviously one of the most disappointing losses in my 12 years here at Iowa State," ISU head coach Dan McCarney said. "I know we've got some guys missing from the lineup, but our fans deserve better than what we gave them here today. As a football family, we can go one of two ways in these last two games and I just trust that the character and leadership of this team can remain strong and that we'll fight through this together and try to finish up with our heads held high in the last couple of Big 12 games on the season."

 

First quarter turnovers and costly mistakes by the Cyclones set the tone for the rest of the game. Iowa State got on the board first with a 36-yard field goal by Bret Culbertson after Kansas quarterback Kerry Meier fumbled on the opening drive. The Cyclones stopped the Jayhawks on their next drive, but handed the ball right back after Ryan Baum muffed the fair catch off a Jayhawk punt. KU scored on its ensuing drive when Meier found Brian Murph on a slant pattern that covered 50 yards. The PAT was blocked by the Cyclones.

 

KU's next score was again a result of a Cyclone turnover, this time a Bret Meyer interception. It looked like ISU had KU stopped, but the Jayhawks converted on a 29-yard Hail Mary pass on fourth and sixth. Jayhawk QB Todd Reesing scrambled out of the pocket and threw a high floater into the right corner of the end zone that was caught by Derek Fine to push KU's lead to 13-3. KU ended the half with two more touchdowns to increase its lead to 27-3 at the half. Ryan Kock scored ISU's only touchdown on a two-yard run late in the game.

 

The Iowa State offense struggled to find consistency throughout the entire game without the services of a number of key offensive players. Running backs Stevie Hicks and Jason Scales and wide receivers Todd Blythe and Jon Davis sat out the game because of various injuries. True freshman running back Josh Johnson received the starting nod, rushing for 31 of ISU's 33 yards on the ground. Meyer seemed to have little time in the pocket. He rushed for -12 yards and was sacked six times. ISU receiver Milan Moses had his second consecutive strong outing while replacing Blythe and Davis in the lineup. The Waterloo, Iowa native caught nine passes for 109 yards.

 

Iowa State travels to Colorado next weekend. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

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