Recap: Iowa State vs. Kansas State
Ames, IA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jake Waters' 8-yard touchdown run with 90 seconds left in regulation lifted 20th-Kansas State to a 32-28 decision over Iowa State in Saturday's Big 12 battle.
Waters ended up 16-of-29 for 239 yards and rushed 20 times for 138 yards and two scores for the Wildcats (2-0, 1-0 Big 12), who were coming off a season- opening 55-16 victory against Stephen F. Austin.
"I was proud of Jake. You'd like to think he would compete in every game the same way, but this one had a little different meaning to it," noted KSU head coach Bill Snyder. "His family is here. He was into it. I think with his family here, he was ready to compete. I'd like to have him that way every game, but he was ready to go today."
Tyler Lockett racked up 136 yards on six receptions, while Charles Jones added 75 yards and a pair of TDs on 13 rushes.
Sam Richardson completed 21-of-30 passes for 185 yards with one touchdown and an interception for the Cyclones (0-2, 0-1), who couldn't close the deal despite scoring 28 straight points in the first half to overcome an early 13-0 deficit.
Jarvis West picked up 75 yards and a score on eight grabs and threw for another touchdown, with Allen Lazard posting a receiving score and DeVondrick Nealy adding a rushing TD in defeat.
Early in the fourth, Waters came up short on a 4th-and-1 at the ISU 31, but KSU got the ball back when Randall Evans picked off Richardson at the Wildcats' 48-yard line. Four plays later, with 8:01 remaining in the contest, Jones ran in from the four. However, Waters was stopped short of the goal line on the conversion run and Iowa State clung to a 28-26 lead.
The Cyclones punted twice around a Wildcat three-and-out, then the visitors received the ball at their own 20 with 3:01 to play.
Waters quickly moved KSU into enemy territory, gaining 15 and 25 yards on rushes, and completing a 23-yard pass to Lockett and Kansas State eventually reached the Iowa State 11-yard line with 1:43 to go. On 3rd-and-1, Waters called his own number and rolled eight yards up the middle to put the Wildcats ahead 32-28 with 90 seconds to play. Once again, however, his conversion run failed.
Richardson was sacked for a big loss on 4th-and-5 from the KSU 39 and the Wildcats took a knee to run out the final seconds.
Kansas State dominated early, going up 13-0 on a 4-yard TD run by Jones and field goals of 27 and 41 yards from Jack Cantele.
ISU got on track inside a minute left in the opening quarter on a 17-yard connection from Richardson to West, then went ahead 14-13 as West broke loose for an 82-yard punt return just over two minutes into the second.
The Cyclones led 21-13 as Nealy dove for the right pylon from two yards out with 4:33 left in the half, and extended their edge to 15 points on the following series when West found Lazard for a 29-yard strike.
"Unbelivable. He played like a fifth year senior," said ISU head coach Paul Rhoads of West. "That's what you expect from a fifth year guy, to step up. He caught it, he ran it, he returned it, he threw it."
K-State finally stemmed the tide on Waters' 1-yard sneak with 26 seconds left before intermission.Game Notes
Kansas State has won each of the last seven meetings but Iowa State leads the
all-time series, 49-45-4 ... The Cyclones last beat the Wildcats on Nov. 3,
2007, a 31-20 triumph at home ... Half of KSU's 24 first downs came via the
rush, as the Wildcats totaled 232 of their 471 total yards on the ground.