Guyer Field Goal Beats Kansas, 13-10
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State kicker Zach Guyer nailed a 42-yard field goal with 4:30 to go in the fourth quarter to give Iowa State a 13-10 victory over Kansas in front of 51,575 fans Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium. The win improves the Cyclones to 5-4 on the season and 2-4 in Big 12 play. The Jayhawks dropped to 2-7 and 0-6 in conference competition. The crowd was Iowa State’s fifth of over 50,000 on the year, a school record for crowds over the 50,000 mark in a season.
After taking a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime, it was not until the fourth quarter that Iowa State was able to get back on the scoreboard. The Cyclone offense composed a 12-play, 63 yard drive that ended in the Guyer 42-yard field goal. Jared Barnett relied on passes to Albert Gary and Aaron Horne, as both contributed 17 receiving yards on the drive.
The Iowa State defense stepped up on the ensuing drive as it held Kansas to five yards on the first two plays of the drive before Stephen Ruempolhamer sacked Jordan Webb to force a Jayhawk punt.
The Cyclones turned to Jeff Woody to drain the clock with four consecutive carries for 45 yards to put the game out of Kansas’ hands. Woody finished the game with a career-high 61 yards on nine carries.
Barnett was the engine of the Iowa State offense Saturday. The redshirt freshman quarterback accounted for 300 of the Cyclones’426 yards of total offense. Barnett’s 125 rushing yards was the first time an Iowa State quarterback went over the century mark since Bret Meyer in the 2004 Independence Bowl against Miami (Ohio). Barnett was 16-for-30 through the air to total 175 yards passing.
Gary led the Iowa State receivers with career-highs in both catches (five) and yards (57). Jarvis West was also effective in the receiving game, catching three passes for a career-high 35 yards. Jake Knott led the Iowa State defense with 10 tackles, his fourth game this season with a double-figure tackle total.
Iowa State struck on its first drive of the game as the Cyclones went on a 12-play, 82 yard drive that resulted in a 32-yard field goal by Guyer to give Iowa State an early 3-0 lead.
The Jayhawks struck on their next drive as KU went 80 yards in nine plays capped off by a 22-yard rushing touchdown by D.J. Beshears to give Kansas an early 7-3 advantage.
Kansas tried to add to its advantage in the early stages of the second quarter with a 49-yard field goal by Alex Mueller but the attempt was blocked by A.J. Klein to give the Cyclones the ball. The block was Iowa State’s first blocked kick since Ruempolhamer’s against Kansas last season.
The Iowa State offense kicked into gear halfway through the second as the Cyclones orchestrated an 11-play, 80 yard drive finished off by an 18-yard reverse to Horne. The play looked stopped around the Kansas 10 but the junior broke through the KU tackles for the touchdown to put Iowa State up 10-7. It was the first rushing touchdown by a Cyclone receiver since Lane Danielsen’s two yard run against Texas in 2003.
Iowa State started the second half with a 41-yard drive that got down to the Kansas 35. The drive ended on a Barnett interception to McDougald which the KU defensive back returned 29 yards to give Kansas preferential field position at midfield. The Kansas offense responded with a 14-play, 48-yard drive that led to a 19-yard field goal by Ron Doherty to tie the game at 10 apiece.
The Cyclones have a bye week next week before wrapping up the home schedule with No. 3 Oklahoma State on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. CST. The game will be televised by ESPN.