No. 11 K-State Escapes Iowa State Upset Bid
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Iowa State head football coach Paul Rhoads reached deep into his bag of tricks Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, as the Cyclones ran a flea-flicker, fake punt and went for it on fourth down on four occasions. In the end, No. 11 Kansas State held the Cyclones on a fourth-and-2 to hold on for a 30-23 win in a game delayed due to lightning. The win improved Kansas State to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in league action, while Iowa State dropped to 6-6 overall and 3-6 in Big 12 Conference play.
Iowa State's backfield duo of quarterback Jared Barnett and Jeff Woody combined to rush for 141 yards in the physical affair. Barnett was 15-27 for 153 while throwing one touchdown and surrendering an interception.
Kansas State's John Hubert rushed for 120 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown to lead the Wildcats. Hubert's biggest contribution was a 26-yard game-winning touchdown with 3:29 remaining.
Neither team scored on its first two drives although Iowa State had outgained Kansas State 53-6 early on.
On its third drive of the game Iowa State scored on flea flicker from Barnett to Darius Darks for 30-yards with 2:01 left in the first quarter. The Wildcats responded immediately. On the next play from scrimmage, KSU quarterback Collin Klein hit Tramaine Thompson for a 68-yard TD pass.
West returned the ensuing kickoff 41 yards to the ISU 45. A 44-yard run by Duran Hollis set up a 1-yard TD run by Woody and Iowa State led 13-7 with 11 seconds left in the first quarter when the PAT was blocked. Iowa State outgained Kansas State 173-75 in the first quarter and advanced into Kansas State territory on its first five drives of the first half.
Wildcat kicker Anthony Cantele capped a 12-play, 54-yard drive, hitting on a 37-yard field-goal attempt to cut the Iowa State lead to 13-10 with 10:13 left in the second quarter.
Late in the first half, Kansas State drove 62 yards in seven plays with Klein scoring from 1-yard out to give the Wildcats 17-13 lead that they took into the lockerroom.
Iowa State held Kansas State on its first drive of the second half, but a deflected pass from Barnett was intercepted, ending the Cyclones' first second-half offensive drive. Cantele connected on a 47-yard field goal to make it 20-13 with 8:48 left in the third quarter.
Jeff Woody capped Iowa State's next drive with a 13-yard scoring run and a 20-20 tie. Iowa State then limited the Wildcats to a 19-yard field goal stopping KSU three times at the 2-yard line. The Cantele kick made it 23-20 Wildcats with 13:37 left in the fourth quarter.
On Iowa State's next drive at 4th-and-8, the Cyclones executed a fake punt that Kirby Van Der Kamp shuttled for a first down. A 19-yard rush by Barnett set up a 42-yard field goal by Zach Guyer that tied the score with 6:12 left in the game.
Kansas State drove right back down the field with Hubert scored from 26-yards on a run and dive into the endzone and KSU led 30-23.
Iowa State will wait to learn its bowl fate which should be learned tomorrow.