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ISU hex strikes again

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Is there any Big 12 team that is haunted with more bad luck than Iowa State?

Another chapter to the Cyclones' stories of woe occurred Saturday when Emmanuel Lamur blocked a PAT in the final seconds, preserving Kansas State's 24-23 victory over the Cyclones.

Iowa State rallied as Austen Arnaud hit a pair of clutch passes to set up the Cyclones with a chance to tie. His 23-yard TD pass to Jake Williams got them close with 46 seconds left.

But Grant Mahoney, who was having a strong season for the Cyclones, had his extra point blocked by Lamur to preserve the Wildcats' triumph.

It was a gutty performance by KSU, capped by two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Grant Gregory, who finished with 206 yards in his first start.

The way that Gregory played, the former South Florida transfer appears to have won the Wildcats' starting job heading into next week's game at Texas Tech.

The loss has to be especially bitter for new ISU coach Paul Rhoads, who had his team in position to start the season 4-1 with strong bowl hopes.

But the loss settled in final moments means that the Cyclones still have to find a way to cobble together three wins in conference play to get to six victories.

Losing like he did today is the first time that Iowa State's bad luck bit Rhoads. I bet he'll be kicking himself about the blocked conversion for a long time.