Iowa State football ends the season with a dagger loss to Kansas State


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Iowa State receiver Hakeem Butler celebrates after one of his two touchdowns against Iowa. Butler accounted for 128 yards of offense during the 44-41 loss.

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The Iowa State football team faced a nine-game losing streak to Kansas State and that streak continued with a last-second touchdown as the Cyclones lost to the Wildcats 20-19.

Iowa State (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) was already bowl eligible coming into the final regular season game, but this win would’ve helped the Cyclones earn a bigger bowl game at the end of December.

Here’s how the low scoring game happened in Manhattan, Kansas.

Iowa State started the scoring right away with a 36-yard field goal from Garrett Owens after a 15-play and 56-yard drive lasting about seven minutes. Iowa State 3, Kansas State 0

It took Kansas State a quarter to finally get not only points on the board, but a lead over the Cyclones. After a 43-yard punt return from Dominique Heath, the Wildcats started the drive at the Iowa State 31-yard line. On the eighth play of the drive, quarterback Skylar Thompson found the end zone three yards away. Kansas State 7, Iowa State 3

On the last drive of the first half for Iowa State, the Cyclones had lost their primary running back in David Montgomery. Even with the loss, Garrett Owens kept the score close with another field goal from 22 yards away. It finished off a nine-play, 55-yard drive. Kansas State 7, Iowa State 6

Coming out of the half, Iowa State’s defense had a three-and-out allowing the Cyclones to score first in the half. It took 11 plays and 85 yards, but Kyle Kempt found Marchie Murdock in the corner of the end zone for a nine-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion, however, was unsuccessful. Iowa State 12, Kansas State 7

The Iowa State defense continued to show its dominance by stopping Kansas State on fourth down. Then, the Cyclones took that momentum and found the end zone again with a three-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Kempt to Hakeem Butler. This finished off a 10-play, 62-yard drive. Iowa State 19, Kansas State 7

With all the momentum on Iowa State’s side, Kansas State found a way to get back into the game the following drive. It took 13 plays and 68 yards, but the Wildcats finally found the end zone with a three-yard touchdown pass from Alex Barnes to Winston Dimel. Iowa State 19, Kansas State 14

With no time left in the game, Skylar Thompson drove Kansas State 87 yards on 10 plays and found Isaiah Zuber for a one-yard touchdown to win the game. Kansas State 20, Iowa State 19

This loss ends Iowa State’s regular season, but the Cyclones will play in December for a bowl game. That bowl game will be decided on Dec. 3 with bowl selection day.