Iowa State vs. Kansas: By the Quarters

First Quarter:

After a Kansas three-and-out to start the game, Iowa State's offense handed the ball to Hiawatha Rutland the first three plays for 18 yards. On first-and-10 near midfield, Seneca Wallace hit a wide-open Lance Young down the right sideline for 33 yards. But after a three-yard carry by Rutland, Wallace scrambled and was hit for a five-yard loss to bring up third-and-long. A Wallace draw for five yards set up a 32-yard field goal by Adam Benike.

Kansas' offense sputtered throughout much of the opening quarter, going three-and-out on its first two drives and then getting just one play on its third attempt when Zach Dyer threw an interception into the hands of Jeremy Loyd. The Cyclone linebacker returned it to the Jayhawk 27-yard line and set up a scoring drive.

Wallace hit Lance Young for 16 yards on first down, then two plays later pitched to Lane Danielsen on a reverse play that went nine more into the end zone. Benike converted the extra point to give ISU a 10-0 lead with just under four minutes to play in the quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Second Quarter:

The Jayhawks finally got something going on offense early in the second quarter. With a three-yard keeper on 3rd-and-short, Zach Dyer picked up Kansas's first first down not to come on a penalty. Dyer later hit Marcellus Jones for 15 yards and another fresh set of downs. However, the drive later stalled when Dyer threw two straight incompletions in Cyclone territory.

ISU took over at its own 20-yard line after the KU punt and drove 13 plays to the Jayhawk 13-yard line. Wallace completed 3-of-5 passes for 32 yards. But it wasn't enough to get his team into the end zone, as Adam Benike missed a 30-yard field goal with 5:16 remaining in the half.

Dyer's horrible first half continued on the Jayhawks' next possession. On first down he lost a fumble without any pressure from the defense. After a seven-yard scramble, Dyer ran into the grasp of Beau Coleman who sacked him for an 11-yard loss.

ISU assumed possession at the Jayhawk 43-yard line and needed just four plays to go up 17-0. Wallace hit Jamaul Montgomery for 25 yards on first down. Rutland took over and rushed three consecutive times and scored a seven-yard touchdown with 1:30 to play.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Third Quarter:

In a sequence that has become all too familiar in recent years, the Cyclones drove 45 yards and got some big plays between the 20s but put no points on the board. Wallace completed a nice 26-yard pass to Danielsen over the middle before Rutland dashed 26 yards into KU territory. However, in his first field goal attempt since the Independence Bowl, Tony Yelk missed a 48-yard field goal attempt wide right.

KU inserted backup quarterback Bill Whittemore into the lineup, but ended up getting similar results. Whittemore took a sack from Jordan Carstens for minus 10 yards, then fired an incomplete pass on 3rd-and-23 and the Jayhawks were once again forced to punt.

Taking over near midfield, the Cyclone offense took Yelk and Benike out of the equation by punching it in themselves. Wallace and Rutland keyed the scoring drive, which Mike Wagner capped off with a one-yard plunge into the end zone. Benike converted the PAT and ISU led 24-0 with 5:33 left in the quarter.

On the ensuing drive, KU found something with Whittemore at quarterback. But instead of it being through the air, Whittemore carried it himself three times for 21 yards. He also added a pair of receptions for 19 yards, as the Jayhawks moved into ISU territory. On the run again, Whittemore lofted a pass into double coverage at the five-yard line and drew a pass interference penalty. The Jayhawks ended up getting points on the board with Johnny Beck's 28-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter.

Advantage: Iowa State.

Fourth Quarter:

To open the final 15-minute session, Wallace put the dagger in Kansas' heart, leading ISU on a five-play, 65-yard scoring drive. His 42-yard connection with Jack Whitver keyed led to a four-yard Wagner touchdown run that gave the Cyclones a 31-3 lead with 13:01 to play.

A Kansas turnover—Ellis Hobbs' interception of a Whittemore pass-- on the ensuing drive set up yet another Cyclone scoring drive. Redshirt freshman Brian Thompson saw the first action of his career and made the most of it, rushing five times for 40 yards and a touchdown. On another note, David Banks-Bursey made his first reception on an 18-yard hookup.

After a KU three-and-out, ISU backup quarterback Cris Love saw his first action of the game. But it was Thompson doing much of the work, rushing on first and second down for six yards. Love saw pressure on third-and-four and missed tight end Rashaad Rasberry on the dump off.

With time winding down and the Cyclones taking possession after a Nick Linder interception, ISU tacked on seven more points. Thompson carried seven times for 45 yards, including a 16-yarder off tackle into the end zone. The score sealed a 45-3 victory with 6.4 seconds remaining.

Advantage: Iowa State.

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