Kansas State Vs Iowa State: Wildcats Defeat Cyclones 30-23
Kansas State is attempting to win their 10th game in a season since 2003, and that is also the last time they went to a BCS bowl game. A win on Saturday will keep Kansas State in the discussion for a BCS bowl game.
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The Iowa St. Cyclones nearly upset another ranked team as they gave the No. 11 Kansas St. Wildcats all they could handle. The two teams exchanged runs throughout the game and the largest lead during the game by any team was only seven points, but Iowa State ultimately came up short in this game.
After trailing 13-7 at the end of the first quarter, Kansas State scored the only 10 points of the second quarter and now lead Iowa State 17-13 at halftime.
The Wildcats got a 37 yard field goal from Anthony Cantele to cut the lead to 13-10 and Collin Klein gave Kansas State the lead with a one yard rushing touchdown with just 20 seconds remaining in the half.
Collin Klein finished the first half with 137 yards passing and 63 yards rushing. He accounted for both of Kansas State's touchdowns. Tramaine Thompson has two catches for 87 yards including a 68 yard touchdown catch.
Jared Barnett has 77 yards passing and a touchdown for Iowa State. Duran Hollis is leading the way on the ground with 47 yards rushing.
Kansas State is looking for its 10th win of the season but finds itself trailing Iowa State 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.
After neither team could do much offensively early in the quarter, both teams combined to score 20 points in the last two minutes of the first. The Cyclones broke through first when quarterback Jared Barnett found Darius Darks for a 30 yard touchdown strike to give Iowa State a 7-0 lead.
Collin Klein and the Wildcats offense finally hit a home run with a 68 yard touchdown pass to Tramaine Thompson to tie the score at 7-7. On Iowa State's next possession, Duran Hollis set up a 1 yard touchdown run by Jeff Woody with a 44 yard run to the Kansas State one-yard line.
Rain clouds and lightning have forced a delay of the Kansas State and Iowa State match up in Manhattan Kansas. Heavy rains pounded the stadium and has led to kickoff being pushed back to a hopeful 2:10 pm ET.
Once the game finally does kick off, the Wildcats will be looking for their 10th win of the season a hopeful recipient of an at-large bid to a BCS bowl game. Iowa State has already played giant killer once this season having knocked off then No. 2 ranked Oklahoma State.
Heavy rain & lightning has delayed the #KState football game against Iowa State until 1 p.m.
Kansas State needs a win to get to 10 and stay in line for a possible at-large bid to a BCS bowl game. The worst case scenario for a Wildcats win would be a likely trip to the Cotton Bowl but a loss would give Kansas State an uncertain bowl future. The Wildcats enter the game as a favorite by have already seen Iowa State take down Oklahoma State this season.
Collin Klein has worked himself into the outer fringes of the Heisman conversation for this year and certain inclusion into the bigger discussion for next season. So it's no surprise that he's the focus of most of the attention leading up to today's game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Iowa State Cyclones. Each team has much to play for today, but for KSU, it's a chance to rise to the top (or near the top) of the Big 12 depending on what happens in the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State match-up. It's also a chance for 10 wins and a magical season under Bill Snyder.
Yet David Ubben, ESPN's Big 12 blogger, writes that Klein is also watching his health go down as the season wears on. He writes, "Klein's probably taken more hits than anybody in the Big 12 this year. He's withstood them all, but practiced sparingly, if at all, late in the season. The off week gave him time to heal, and he's back practicing. Will that work carry over into the field, either as a more spry runner, or as a passer more in tune with his receivers?"
That's a great question for him to ask, but Snyder is a strong veteran coach who has shown just what he can do this season with a roster no one predicted would finish near the upper half of the Big 12. Klein should be just fine for today's game.
Today’s game between the Kansas State Wildcats and Iowa State Cyclones was not supposed to be a game to worry about. After all, the Cyclones have sat in the Big 12 basement for some time and Paul Rhoads wasn’t supposed to have his team on the hot streak that they are. Freshman quarterback Jared Barnett is apparently doing something right because they are now the underdogs hoping to knock off yet another big target in Bill Snyder’s K-State squad.
David Ubben, ESPN’s Big 12 blogger, believes that despite the hype, the Wildcats will still come out on top. He writes, “A reminder: When it comes to Farmageddon: finder’s keepers. Hands off, Nebraska and Iowa. K-State gets a somewhat dramatic win in this one, yet again topping the plucky Cyclones. Collin Klein’s not going to be stopped, though the Cyclones did as well as anyone stuffing Oklahoma’s BellDozer last week. Klein is a different beast, and carries the Wildcats to their 10th win.”