Iowa State was unable to hold off No. 20 Kansas State as the Wildcats erased a 15-point deficit and used a Jake Waters’ touchdown run with 1:30 left to beat the Cyclones, 32-28, on Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Big 12 play, while K-State improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league action.
Keys of the Game
Kansas State’s defense was able to keep Iowa State off the scoreboard in the second half and Jake Waters led the Wildcats on a game-winning drive, which was capped off by his eight-yard run with 1:30 left.
The Cyclones were able to get across midfield on the ensuing drive, but ISU quarterback Sam Richardson was sacked by Danzel McDaniel with 27 seconds left as the Wildcats improved to 2-0.
The game started with K-State going on top 13-0 with 3:40 left in the first quarter behind a four-yard run by Charles Jones and two field goals from kicker Jack Cantele.
The Cyclones responded in the form of senior Jarvis West. West scored on a 17-yard strike from Richardson with just 13 seconds left in the first quarter. After forcing a K-State punt, West took it to the house with an 82-yard return to put the Cyclones on top, 14-13. DeVondrick Nealy scored his first touchdown of the season later in the half and West hit Allen Lazard on a reverse pass from the 29-yard line and the Cyclones led 28-13 with 1:36 remaining.
K-State would march down the field and trim the Cyclone lead to 28-20 on Waters’ first touchdown run of the game with 26 seconds left in the half.
K-State controlled much of the second half and finally took the lead back with 1:30 left on Waters’ second rushing touchdown.
Offensive Players of Note...
It was the West show. The senior from St. Petersburg, Florida became the first college football player since Kentucky’s Randall Cobb in 2010 to have a passing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game.
West finished with a career-high eight catches for 75 yards and a TD. His two punt returns were good for 93 yards and a TD.
Richardson finished the day 21-for-30 passing for 185 yards and touchdown. He also had 32 rushing yards. Nealy was ISU’s leading rusher with 38 yards on 10 carries.
Defensive Players of Note...
Redshirt freshman Kamari Cotton-Moya had seven tackles, including teaming with Jevohn Miller for a tackle for a loss. Cotton-Moya also had a quarterback hurry and had a big stop on Waters’ rush on a two-point conversion that momentarily preserved the Cyclone lead.
Miller led the Cyclones with 11 tackles and Robby Garcia and Cory Morrissey each had sacks in the game.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*After missing on his first two passes of the game, Sam Richardson completed 14-straight passes for the Cyclones.
*Jake Campos and Allen Lazard made their first career starts. Lazard is the first true freshman to start for the Cyclones since Josh Lenz in 2009.
*T.J. Mutcherson and Drake Ferch each had a career-high nine stops for the Cyclones.
*Aaron Wimberly caught a career-high five passes for 49 yards.
Iowa State travels to Iowa next weekend for the annual Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup against the Hawkeyes. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.