Iowa State vs. Kansas State: By the Quarters

A four-quarter breakdown of Iowa State's 58-7 loss at Kansas State.

First Quarter:

Reminiscent of recent games against Kansas State, the Cyclones got off to the worst start possible. After going three-and-out to start the game, Iowa State was forced to punt and turned over possession at its own 47-yard line. As expected, the Wildcats took to the ground behind Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles. The K-State quarterback carried three times for 40 yards, including a scoring run of 28, in a quick scoring drive.

Seneca Wallace lost a fumble on the Cyclones' ensuing drive, setting up another short Wildcat scoring drive. Sproles rushed twice for 11 yards, before Roberson plunged into the end zone for his second score in the openin 4:28.

But thanks to a crucial K-State pass interference penalty, the Cyclones were able to get some momentum and drive 93 yards for a touchdown. Taking over at midfield, the Wildcat penalty was called on a 2nd-and-7 play and gave ISU a fresh set of downs at the 21-yard line. Two plays later, on 3rd-and-10, Wallace hooked up with Lane Danielsen for 24 yards. That set up a Mike Wagner one-yard touchdown run, which came at the 4:42 mark of the quarter.

Advantage: Kansas State.

Second Quarter:

After going three-and-out on consecutive drives, the Wildcats, taking over at their own 11, got a boost when Roberson hit tight end Thomas Hill downfield for 55 yards. However, ISU's defense stood up to the challenge and limited its opponent to a 35-yard field goal. Jamie Rheem's 3-pointer came with 13:35 left in the half and gave his team a 16-7 advantage.

Back-to-back penalties killed the Cyclones' next drive and led to a 31-yard punt by Troy Blankenship. As a result, K-State took over at its own 45-yard line. The Wildcats continued to have success on the ground, but it was Roberson's passing that led to another touchdown. He completed all three of his pass attempts for 35 yards, setting up Danny Morris' four-yard touchdown run. K-State took a 23-7 lead at the 8:57 mark of the first half.

Penalties prevented yet another Cyclone drive from going anywhere, and as a result, K-State again took over with a short field. Roberson continued his efficient passing by completing three of four attempts for 27 yards. The biggest strike came on 3rd-and-7 when he hit Hill for nine yards down to the 17. One play later, Sproles sliced through the heart of ISU's defense and into the end zone, giving K-State a 30-7 lead with 3:16 left.

Wallace connected with Danielsen to jump start the offense, but stupid penalties continued to plague the Cyclones. On an 11-yard connection between the two that would have given them another first down, offensive pass interference and a false start penalty killed any chances of an ISU scoring drive. ISU later punted on 4th-and-30.

Advantage: Kansas State.

Third Quarter:

K-State got on the board to start the second half on a blown call by an official. On ISU's second play from scrimmage, Wallace was picked off by Bobby Walker. The cornerback returned it to the three-yard line before being stripped by Wagner. The ball rolled out of the end zone and should have been called a touchback, however, Walker was credited with a touchdown, giving the Wildcats a 37-7 lead.

Walker turned out to be Wallace's nemesis once again on the ensuing drive when he returned yet another interception for 26 yards. His second interception return for touchdown in 23 seconds gave K-State a 44-7 lead just 4:59 into the quarter.

Another ISU offensive mishap led to K-State's third touchdown of the quarter. Wallace and Wagner's fumbled exchange was recovered by the Wildcats at the 36-yard l ine. The turnover was the Cyclones' third in under six minutes. Five plays later, Sproles dashed into the end zone from five yards out and a 51-7 lead.

Yet another fumble by Wallace on the Cyclones' second play from scrimmage would lead to another K-State touchdown. Travis Wilson capitalized on the mishap with a five-yard touchdown, giving his team a 58-7 lead with 1:24 left in the quarter.

Advantage: Kansas State.

Fourth Quarter:

Wallace's day finally ended midway through the fourth quarter when he was benched for Cris Love. That's when the Brian Thompson show began, as ISU tried to run out the clock quickly. A high-scoring game by K-State's offense gave way to substitute quarterback Marc Dunn and both squads went scoreless in the final 15 minutes.

Advantage: Kansas State.

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