Kansas and Iowa State are the only teams in the Big 12 with two losses, but neither looked interested in toying with a third on Saturday night.
Kansas raced to a 28-7 lead early in the third quarter and leads 42-16. New Mexico State tied the game at seven early in the second quarter, but Kansas has showcased an effective, balanced offensive attack.
Most importantly, Kansas has played turnover-free football so far and controlled the clock, with more than seven minutes more of possession.
Iowa State never let Northern Iowa close, and is on its way to a shutout with a 27-0 lead in the fourth quarter. It led just 13-0 at halftime, but returned two third-quarter interceptions for touchdowns to put the game out of reach.
The biggest news from Ames is backup Jerome Tiller, who started the win against Nebraska last season, playing instead of Austen Arnaud, who entered the game with a bruised shoulder. Tiller has thrown 22 of Iowa State's 24 passes, completing 11 for 87 yards.
My guess is Arnaud is being rested in a game Tiller is good enough to win, but we'll see what coach Paul Rhoads has to say about the decision after the game. Running back Alexander Robinson has 74 yards on 15 carries, and ran for Iowa State's only offensive touchdown.