Cyclones fall hard to Wildcats, 58-7

Zac Reicks

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Same story, different day for the Iowa State Cyclones.

The 21st-ranked Cyclones suffered an embarrassing 58-7 defeat at the hands of 12th-ranked Kansas State in front of 49,504 fans at Wagner Field on Saturday.

The Wildcats dominated Iowa State in every phase of the game as Kansas State parlayed six Cyclone turnovers and 12 penalties into a win that dashed Iowa State’s hopes of a Big 12 North title.

“On the day that we played them I thought that they were the best team we played all year long,” ISU head coach Dan McCarney said of the Wildcats. “They were dominant on both sides of the ball and in every phase of the game.”

Kansas State used a 28-point third quarter highlighted by two Bobby Walker interception returns for touchdowns to blow open a 30-7 game.

ISU quarterback Seneca Wallace was picked off three times on the night and also had two fumbles in what was his worst game since a 49-3 loss to Oklahoma.

While Wallace managed 162 yards off 11-for-26 passing, the senior quarterback couldn’t do anything to keep Iowa State close. “They were bad throws, and it was just a bad day by Seneca,” McCarney said. “It was a bad day for our team coupled with outstanding plays by their defense.”

Kansas State extended its streak of domination over the Cyclones to nine years — none more lopsided than this 51-point victory.

“They seem to play their best against us every year,” ISU wide receiver Lane Danielsen said. “We seem to play just about our worst. I don’t know if it’s a matchup thing or a mental thing.”

Kansas State scored on the first offensive series, which consisted of nothing but running plays.

KSU quarterback Ell Roberson began his best game of the season with a 28-yard scoring dash to put the Wildcats up 7-0.

On the very first play of Iowa State’s next possession, Wallace fumbled a handoff to tailback Michael Wagner. Wildcat linebacker Michael Buhl pounced on the ball and had Kansas State in business, deep in Iowa State territory. Three plays later, Kansas State had totaled 13 points before Iowa State had gained positive yardage.

Iowa State cut the lead to 13-7 with a one-yard plunge by Michael Wagner but the game was never in doubt for Kansas State.

Typically, Iowa State’s game plan is one that limits penalties and turnovers and capitalizes on Wallace’s big play ability. The Cyclones came into the game ranked 18th nationally in turnover margin and tied for third with only three fumbles lost. Iowa State equaled that fumble total, putting the ball on the turf three times.

“Six turnovers in a game is major,” KSU head coach Bill Snyder said. “[Iowa State] is a better football team than that. We just played excellent defense.”

KSU defensive coordinator Bob Elliot devised a scheme that had the Cyclones second-guessing their decision-making the entire game. Following the game, Elliot didn’t credit his game plan to having been a coach at Iowa State in previous years, saying instead that it was more of a combination of superb play by his linebackers and Wallace being flustered.

The Cyclones finish up Big 12 play next week in Boulder, Colo., with their fourth conference road game against a ranked team. Already bowl-eligible, Iowa State will be looking to garner a better bowl bid and erase the disappointment from the debacle in Manhattan, Kan.

“We still [have] a chance at nine wins although it will be tough,” McCarney said. “This is not a 2-9 team, this is a 7-4 team, though it didn’t look like it today.”

Iowa St.-Kansas St. Stats

Iowa State 7 0 0 0 — 7ÿ

Kansas State 13 17 28 0 — 58ÿ

First Quarter

KSU—Roberson 28 run (Rheem kick), 11:48

KSU—Roberson 1 run (kick failed), 10:32

ISU—Wagner 1 run (Benike kick), 4:42

Second Quarter

KSU—FG Rheem 35, 13:35

KSU—Saba 4 run (Rheem kick), 8:57

KSU—Sproles 17 run (Rheem kick), 3:16

Third Quarter

KSU—Walker 45 interception return (Rheem kick), 10:24

KSU—Walker 26 interception return (Rheem kick), 10:01

KSU—Sproles 4 run (Rheem kick), 5:01

KSU—Wilson 4 run (Brite kick), 1:24



First downs 15 20ÿ

Rushes-yards 39-71 47-223ÿ

Passing 178 162ÿ

Comp-Att-Int 12-28-3 12-17-0ÿ

Return Yards 5 109ÿ

Punts-Avg. 7-37 5-38ÿ

Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-0ÿ

Penalties-Yards 12-100 9-61ÿ

Time of Possession 27:46 32:14ÿ


RUSHING—Iowa St.: Thompson 17-40, Wagner 9-16, Rutland 5-11, S.Wallace 8-4. Kansas St.: Sproles 18-103, Roberson 16-61, Alsup 5-20, Saba 4-14, Mann 1-9, Dunn 1-8, Wilson 1-6, Jackson 1-2.

PASSING—Iowa St.: S.Wallace 11-26-3-162, Love 1-2-0-16. Kansas St.: Roberson 12-17-0-162.

RECEIVING—Iowa St.: Danielsen 8-133, Miller 2-25, Whitver 1-11, Montgomery 1-9. Kansas St.: T.Wallace 7-57, Hill 3-73, Terry 2-32.