Quick Hits: No. 6 Kansas State 27, Iowa State 21
Kansas State improved to 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Big 12 with a win over the Cyclones.
|Collin Klein outgained the entire Iowa State offense on Saturday. (US Presswire)|
KANSAS STATE WON: Iowa State was able to pull off the upset against a ranked TCU last week, but the Cyclones couldn't repeat the feat Saturday at home against Kansas State. Collin Klein and the Wildcats just proved to be too much for the Cyclones to handle.
Klein rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 187 yards, which means Klein had 292 total yards and three scores on his own. Meanwhile, the Iowa State offense could only manage 231 yards and three touchdowns as a unit.
WHY KANSAS STATE WON: As I already mentioned above, when one player on the other team accounts for more yards than your entire team, things seldom work out in your favor. Of course, the Kansas State defense deserves a lot of credit, as it held Iowa State to only 65 yards rushing on 24 carries. The other key in this game, though, was third-down conversions. Kansas State converted eight of its 17 third downs, with Klein routinely scrambling to pick up the yardage, while Iowa State could convert only four of 12.
That led to Kansas State holding the ball for 41 minutes to Iowa State's 19. It's hard to score when you don't have the ball.
WHEN KANSAS STATE WON: Kansas State punted late in the fourth quarter and pinned Iowa State at its 3-yard line with just over two minutes to play. Needing to go 97 yards without any timeouts, Iowa State couldn't make a first down, turning the ball over on downs before Kansas State just knelt to kill the clock.
WHAT KANSAS STATE WON: It's never easy to go into Ames and win, but the Wildcats did that, and they're now bowl eligible after only six games. The Wildcats are also 3-0 in Big 12 play, putting them in control of their own destiny. That's all any team can ask for at this point.
WHAT IOWA STATE LOST: It would have been very nice for the Cyclones to knock off a ranked team in consecutive weeks, but it just wasn't in the cards. Still, at 4-2, Iowa State is still in position to get itself to a nice bowl game, even if its chances at a Big 12 title were essentially snuffed out Saturday.
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