After a disappointing loss last weekend in Stillwater, Iowa State needed to get their mojo back. One week ago, the Cyclones took on Oklahoma State for a game that would likely punch a ticket to the Big 12 title game. But instead of getting their ticket punched, it was ripped in half and thrown away.
However, while their ticket may have been ripped up last week, Iowa State still has a good shot to get another chance. But for that to happen they needed to get back on track with a win. And what better way to do that than in Lawrence, Kansas. The place where everyone, except the Jayhawks win. Of course, this applies only to football.
Early on, the Cyclones took out their frustrations on the Jayhawks jumping out to an early lead as Kene Nwangwu found paydirt along with Brock Purdy on rushing scores. Despite the missed Connor Assalley extra point, Iowa State was up 13-0 early.
And while it looked like an early route, Kansas took advantage of some great field position after a fourth down stop as Daniel Hishaw Jr. rushed in a score from five yards out for the first score for the Jayhawks. However, Iowa State would respond with an impressive thirteen play drive that ended with a 3-yard Brock Purdy pass to tight end Charlie Kolar to put the Cyclone up 20-7 at the break.
Iowa State would open the game up in the third quarter as Brock Purdy hit Xavier Hutchinson for a 36-yard score to put Iowa State up 27-7 but Kansas responded with a big answer. On the ensuing kickoff, Kenny Logan took it 100-yards to the house to pull Kansas back within two scores.
Then came the nation’s leading rusher Breece Hall. Despite having 89 rushing yards in the first half, he did not score but that would quickly change. Breece would rush for a 7-yard score late in the third quarter before breaking off a 58-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Kansas would also score in the fourth quarter but Iowa State found a way to cover the spread when backup quarterback Hunter Dekkers hit Joe Scates for a late score as the Cyclones walked out of Lawrence with a 52-22 victory.
It was not the prettiest of times but sometimes winning can be ugly. The passing game from Brock Purdy was better than what we saw a week ago and more guys got involved as well. But make no mistake, this offense revolves around Breece Hall and the running game.
Iowa State racked up 258 rushing yards with Breece Hall having 185 of those yards. And with his 100 plus yard performance today, it marks just the fifth time in the last fifteen years where a power five player has had 100 plus rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in each of his team’s first six games. He joins Bryce Love, Leonard Fournette, Tevin Coleman, and Adrian Peterson. Not a bad list to join at all.
Of course, we could nitpick a few things such as the special teams but at the end of the day, when you can play defense and run the ball, good things will happen. And the Cyclones need to continue that as we head into the final home stretch of the season. Who knows, maybe they will get that golden ticket to Jerry World after all.
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