Cyclones stroll past struggling Jayhawks, 27-3


Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler and Texas Tech’s Jah’Shawn Johnson at the 2018 Homecoming football game on Oct. 27. The Cyclones won 40-31.

Noah Rohlfing

Iowa State got exactly what it wanted on Saturday: a win with little fuss attached. 

Iowa State rode a 14-point first quarter to a 27-3 win on Saturday, a fourth-straight for the Cyclones. 

The main man for the Cyclones in the opening period was redshirt junior wide receiver Hakeem Butler, who had two receptions for 134 yards and two touchdowns, setting Twitter alight.

Aside from the Butler touchdowns, the Cyclones got a early-second-quarter field goal from kicker Connor Assalley to make the score 17-0. 

Kansas had a chance to get on the board late in the first quarter after a long drive, but the Jayhawks turned the ball over on downs inside the Iowa State 30. 

The Jayhawks shot themselves in the foot again in the middle of the second quarter, fumbling inside the Iowa State 30 and giving the ball back to the Cyclones’ defense. On the ensuing drive, another Assalley field goal pushed the lead to 20-0. 

The halftime score was 20-3 in favor of Iowa State after a Kansas field goal with three seconds left. 

The second half began with a quick Kansas three-and-out and a Cyclone touchdown on a pass from Purdy to Matthew Eaton to make it 27-3. 

The fourth quarter went quickly, as the Cyclones took out their offensive starters and rotated frequently on the defensive side of the ball and Kyle Kempt saw his first offensive snaps since the Iowa game.

Iowa State moves to 5-3 (4-2 Big 12) on the season. Up next for Iowa State is a home game against the Baylor Bears on Nov. 10.