Again, Kansas State Barely Beats Iowa State, 30-23


On a 4th-and-2, Jeff Woody was stuffed on an option read which secured a Kansas State victory.  For the fourth straight year, the Wildcats beat the Cyclones by 8 points or less.  Paul Rhoads will now have to wait another year to get his first win over rival Kansas State.

Iowa State started the game strong.  They forced a 3-and-out on K-State’s first possession by sacking Collin Klein.  The Cyclones then scored on a flea-flicker pass from Barnett to Darks, 7-0.  However, on Kansas State’s first play after ISU’s touchdown, Collin Klein hit Tramaine Thompson for a 68-yard TD pass.  Thompson was able to turn around Ter’Ran Benton and then beat him down the middle.  The Cyclones struck back after Duran Hollis set up a 1-yard Jeff Woody touchdown run.

In the second quarter Jeremy Reeves, who was very good throughout the game, made two consecutive big plays by deflecting the ball from Chris Harper.  Kansas State added a 36-yard field goal to make cut it to 13-10.  Kansas State got the ball later in the quarter and drove down the field and scored on a Collin Klein touchdown run.  The touchdown made it 20-13 which was the score at the end of the half.  The cold and wet weather didn’t seem to effect either team greatly.

The second half didn’t start off well for the Clones, especially after Reynolds let a ball go through his hands for an interception.  However, Jeff Woody capped of a very nice drive with a 13-yard TD run.  Kansas State also marched down the field but the defense had a big stand which held KSU to a field goal (which gave them the lead).  The Cyclones then went on a drive that included a converted 4th down and a successful fake punt.  Zach Guyer made a clutch 43-yarder to tie the game.

The tie did not last long as Kansas State quickly drove down the field and scored.  John Hubert broke several tackles for a 26-yard touchdown run down the sideline.

With around three minutes left, the Cyclones would have to get a touchdown to tie the game up.  They got down to Kansas State’s 31 and were faced with a 4th-and-2.  You know the results.

Definitely a tough loss for Iowa State but overall, it was a great year.  Not many people expected that the Cyclones would have six wins before the season.  Now we have the bowl game to look forward to.

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