Kicker Jack Cantele completed a miraculous Kansas State comeback with a 42-yard field goal with 7 seconds left, stunning Iowa State, 38-35, and snapping the Wildcats’ six-game losing streak. What we learned:
What the win means for Kansas State: The Wildcats finally won a Big 12 game and needed an awful lot of last-second magic to get one. This one should’ve been over with 1:31 to go after K-State’s offense was stopped on fourth down. But Will Geary forced a fumble from Cyclones RB Mike Warren, and Joe Hubener responded by driving the Wildcats 55 yards in four plays to tie it up. Then Iowa State QB Joel Lanning fumbled on a second-down scramble with 14 seconds left and Charmeachealle Moore fell on it, setting Cantele up to be the hero. There were so many more heroes, though, that saved the day for the Wildcats. At 4-6, they still have a shot at going bowling.
What the loss means for Iowa State: The Cyclones have now lost eight in a row against Kansas State, and this one was devastating. Had Iowa State just kneeled three times with 1:31 left, K-State (down to one timeout) probably wouldn’t have had enough time to mount a comeback. What a rough ending for Warren, who rushed for 195 yards but lost two fumbles in the fourth quarter. The Cyclones led 35-14 at halftime and simply imploded in the final two minutes.
Unsung hero: Oh, there were plenty. Geary set all of this in motion by forcing the Warren fumble. Andre Davis’ 42-yard catch and run after the Warren fumble put K-State in the red zone and made tying this game possible. Charles Jones stepped up on the third-and-goal touchdown run to make it 35-35. Marquel Bryant was the one who stripped Lanning in the game’s final seconds. There are a lot of game balls to go around after a finish like that.
Stat of the game: Four of Iowa State’s final five offensive drives ended with fumbles. The Cyclones fumbled a grand total of eight times on Saturday and were fortunate to only lose four of them. Kansas State’s defense deserves serious credit for never giving up on this game after allowing 28 points in the second quarter.