By Michael O'Deay (MODeay70)
Iowa State was searching for their first win in Manhattan since 2004. Breece Hall raced past the Kansas State for a 75 yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and ISU left little in doubt after that. The Cyclones recorded a huge 33-20. The Cyclones improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play. Kansas State fell to 3-3 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 play.
Winning on the road in the Big 12 is a daunting task. Winning in Manhattan has been a rare occurrence. Iowa State showed they were more than capable of both. The Wildcats scored a 1st quarter TD to cut ISU’s lead to 10-7. The Cyclones shutout K State the rest of the 1st half. Kansas State had a nice drive that could’ve tied the game at 10, however, kicker Taiten Winkel missed a 43 yard FG. After the missed kick, ISU put together a 13 play 80 yard touchdown drive ending in a Breece Hall's 2nd TD of the day. K State was forced to a 3 and out and a punt. The Cyclones efficiently used the last 2:27 of the second quarter to extend the lead to 20-7 on Andrew Mevis’s 41 yard FG. Mevis was successful on FG attempts from 44, 40, 41, and 40 yards.
Kansas State was held to a punt on their 1st possession of the 2nd half. Iowa State had their best drive of their season. With the offense pinned at their own 7, ISU went on an 18 play 93 yard TD drive that took 10:02 off the clock, culminating in Brock Purdy’s only TD pass, a beautifully thrown fade route to Sean Shaw Jr for an 11 yard TD. That extended the lead to 27-7. On the drive ISU was 5-5 on third downs, Purdy was 6-7 for 57 yards and had a 7 yard run, Breece Hall had 32 yards. That is the type of drive that can be a huge confidence builder for later in the season.
The game ball goes to Breece Hall. He had 232 yards from scrimmage, 197 rushing and 35 receiving. Hall also had 2 rushing TDs. Hall now has a rushing TD in 18 straight games. Hall had the 75 yard rushing TD in the 1st and a 43 yard rush to start a drive in the 4th. The 43 yard run came after K State scored a TD to make it 27-13.
Brock Purdy was 22-25 for 208 yards with a TD and 0 picks. The defense wreaked havoc all day recording 3 sacks, 2 for Will McDonald and 1 for Uwazurike, 4 tackles for loss, and forced the only turnover in the game. The defense made the plays to keep the Wildcats out of scoring situations. When the defense came up with stops, the offense turned them into points.
Up next: #8 Oklahoma State at 2:30 on Saturday. It’s time to Pack the Jack and send the Pokes packing back to Stillwater.