AMES, Iowa - No. 5 Kansas State held on to defeat No. 25 Iowa State 27-21 Saturday afternoon at Jack Trice Stadium.
Down six points in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter, the Cyclones had two chances, but both drives fell short on downs. Iowa State (4-2, 1-2 Big 12) hung tough with Kansas State (6-0, 3-0), but the Wildcats and quarterback Collin Klein won the time of possession battle, 40:54-19:06 to remain unbeaten.
Klein ended the game with 105 yards rushing and 187 yards passing.
Iowa State held a 7-3 lead after Jared Barnett found Shontrelle Johnson out of the backfield for a 2-yard touchdown toss. Johnson's touchdown capped off a 12-play, 58-yard drive for the Cyclones.
The Wildcats answered with a 12-play, 75-yard drive to move ahead 10-7 with 8:18 left in the second quarter. Klein rambled in from two yards out to put the Wildcats out in front.
Both teams then traded turnovers, as KSU's Tramaine Thompson muffed a punt return and the Cyclones' Matt Morton recovered at the KSU 19. However, Barnett was picked off on the next play by KSU's Ty Zimmerman.
The Cyclone defense forced a KSU punt and took advantage of great field position. Barnett found a wide open Ernst Brun, who took it in for the touchdown from 30 yards out to put ISU up 14-10 with 2:10 left before the half.
The Wildcats then quickly answered with a Klein 6-yard touchdown in the final minute of the first half. The run was set up by a Tyler Lockett 45-yard catch to put the Wildcats into ISU territory, as KSU went into halftime with a 17-14 lead.
KSU increased its lead to 24-14 when Klein scrambled on a 12-yard touchdown run on 3rd-and-10 with 1:33 left in the third quarter.
ISU answered, though, mounting a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to cut the lead to 24-21 with 12:34 left in the game. Jeff Woody scored on an option to cap off the drive.
KSU tacked on an Anthony Cantele field goal to make it 27-21 KSU with 4:24 remaining.
The Cyclone upset bid fell short when their next two drives stalled.
Aaron Horne caught seven passes for 84 yards receiving to lead the Cyclones. Barnett had 35 yards on the ground and 166 yards passing. Jake Knott had 13 tackles to pace the Cyclone defense.
Iowa State travels to Oklahoma State next weekend.