MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Dominance like this is what Kansas State
had come to expect before losing two out of three and plunging in the polls.
"The last couple of weeks we've been real flat," defensive end
Monty Beisel said Saturday after the Wildcats (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) beat Iowa State
"We just haven't been the team we've been all season. I think
we stepped up today and got our heartbeat back."
They also got a showdown with Nebraska next week for
what'll probably be the Big 12 North title. The Huskers, who beat
Kansas 56-17 on Saturday, are 5-1 in the conference, one game
better than Kansas State (8-2, 4-2).
But a victory would give the Wildcats the tiebreaker with one
game left in the regular season.
In the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City on Dec. 2, the
North champion would possibly meet No. 1 Oklahoma, the only team so
far this year to beat both Nebraska and Kansas State.
"Any time you have two losses in three games it's tough," said
Beisel, who helped lead a defensive effort that held Iowa State
almost 130 yards below its 426.6-yard season average.
"It was important to get a victory. We played hard."
With Josh Scobey running for 149 yards and four touchdowns, the
Wildcats piled up 583 yards against the slower Iowa State defense,
the fourth-most in school history. Iowa State, which has already
clinched its first winning season since 1989 and revived interest
among its fans, suffered its most lopsided loss since a 77-14
flailing by Nebraska in 1997.
"It was a mismatch. We missed tackles and their offensive line
dominated us," said coach Dan McCarney.
"They have outstanding backs. All of them are strong, fast and
physical backs. Some of the best in the Big 12."
Scobey, a junior college transfer, scored on runs of 2, 1 and 4
yards in the first quarter. Midway through the third period, he
picked up 29 yards up the middle and then went 11 yards for another
TD, putting Kansas State on top 49-3.
"I live for the big game like this," Scobey said. "I couldn't
be any more ready to show what I can do."
Iowa State failed on a fake punt with about two minutes left in
the opening quarter and Kansas State took over at the 50. Scobey,
on four straight carries, went 11, 21, 14 and 4 yards for the
Chris Claybon scored on an 8-yard run for Kansas State early in
the second quarter. Then Quincy Morgan took a pass over the middle
from Jonathan Beasley and went 29 yards for the Wildcats' fifth TD.
A few minutes later, Beasley's 1-yard touchdown run made it 42-3
and ran his team record for rushing touchdowns in a season to 16.
The Cyclones got a 30-yard field goal from Carl Gomez in the
first quarter and a 1-yard TD run from Sage Rosenfels in the
With 5:17 to go, El Roberson hit Brandon Clark with a 23-yard
scoring pass for Kansas State's final touchdown.
"We didn't come out here to play today and it showed on the
field," said Iowa State linebacker Ab Turner.
|Kansas State held Iowa State to just 80 rushing yards.|
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