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Iowa State 42, Kansas State 35

College Football(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

By DAVE SKRETTA
Associated Press

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Abu Sama III ran through the snow for 276 yards and three touchdowns, Rocco Becht threw for 230 yards and three more scores, and Iowa State held No. 19 Kansas State on fourth down with less than a minute left for a 42-35 victory.

The shortest of the Cyclones' six touchdowns was a tying 33-yard pass from Becht to Jayden Higgins in the fourth quarter, and the longest was a go-ahead 82-yard pass to Jaylin Noel that gave Iowa State (7-5, 6-3 Big 12) the lead with 8:04 to go.

In between, Sama had TD runs of 60, 71 and 77 yards while finishing with the third-best rushing performance in school history. And the fleet-footed Noel had another 79-yard TD catch to finish with three grabs for 160 yards and two scores.

Kansas State (8-4, 6-3) had a chance to tie the game, twice converting on fourth down while marching inside the Iowa State 20. But on yet another fourth down, Will Howard's pass to the corner of the end zone with 59 seconds to go fell incomplete.

Howard finished with 288 yards and a touchdown pass, a TD run and an interception. Ben Sinnott had 10 catches for 136 yards and a score, while D.J. Giddens and Treshaun Ward also had touchdown runs for the Wildcats.

Heavy snow fell throughout the game, and more than a dozen workers tried valiantly to keep the yard lines and hash marks clear. But the field quickly became the kind of playing surface better suited for sled dogs and snowmobiles.

Players slipped, stumbled and slid. More than once, someone ran over a woebegone official, photographer or cheerleader when they couldn't stop at the sideline. There were fumbles, dropped passes and muffed kicks.

Through it all, the longtime Big 12 rivals kept producing in wildly different fashions.

Kansas State was content to mush through the snow on long, methodical drives, even if it meant converting on third and fourth down to keep them alive. Giddens and Ward did most of the work, but Howard's connection with Sinnott and wide receiver Jayce Brown was a big reason why the Wildcats were able to keep getting into the end zone.

Iowa State was perfectly happy scoring in one big play.

Sama took the first carry of the game 71 yards for a score, then the first carry of the second quarter 77 yards for another. He also had a 60-yard touchdown run in the second half, sandwiched around Brecht's 79-yard touchdown pass to Noel and his 33-yard pass to Higgins that knotted the game 35-all early in the fourth quarter.

The Cyclones had one more in them.

On third-and-16 at their own 18-yard line, Becht completed a pass to Noel well short of the first-down marker. But somehow, five different Wildcats failed to stop him and he ran untouched 82 yards for the go-ahead score.

BIG PICTURE

Iowa State had already qualified for its sixth bowl game in the last seven years. Now, the destination could be a bit better.

Kansas State hoped that it would be playing for a chance to defend its Big 12 title. But when Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State won before the Wildcats kicked off, they were left playing for bowl positioning.

Iowa State athletics press release

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IaStKanSt
IaSt TD 14:42 Abu Sama III 71 yard TD run (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 7 0
KanSt FG 8:17 Chris Tennant 23 yard field goal 7 3
KanSt FG 0:16 Chris Tennant 22 yard field goal 7 6
Second Quarter IaStKanSt
IaSt TD 14:47 Abu Sama III 77 yard TD run (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 14 6
KanSt TD 8:55 DJ Giddens 1 yard TD run (Chris Tennant Extra Point) 14 13
KanSt TD 0:15 Ben Sinnott 15 yard TD pass from Will Howard (Chris Tennant Extra Point) 14 20
Third Quarter IaStKanSt
IaSt TD 10:37 Jaylin Noel 79 yard TD pass from Rocco Becht (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 21 20
KanSt TD 6:36 Will Howard 5 yard TD run (Phillip Brooks 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 21 28
IaSt TD 4:53 Abu Sama III 60 yard TD run (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 28 28
Fourth Quarter IaStKanSt
KanSt TD 14:49 Treshaun Ward 2 yard TD run (Chris Tennant Extra Point) 28 35
IaSt TD 12:31 Jayden Higgins 33 yard TD pass from Rocco Becht (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 35 35
IaSt TD 8:04 Jaylin Noel 82 yard TD pass from Rocco Becht (Chase Contreraz Extra Point) 42 35
Team Stats
  Iowa State Kansas State
First downs 11 36
  Rushing 4 13
  Passing 6 14
  Penalty 1 9
3rd Down Efficiency 3-7, 43% 11-23, 48%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 23-258 54-209
Passing Yards 230 288
Return Yards 55 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-12-0 24-48-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 4 5
Fumbles Lost 3-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-73 6-45
Iowa State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Becht 8 12 230 3 0
Kansas State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
W. Howard 24 48 288 1 1
Iowa State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Sama III 16 276 17.3 3
C. Hansen 3 11 3.7 0
Kansas State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Giddens 31 114 3.7 1
T. Ward 11 48 4.4 1
W. Howard 11 46 4.2 1
K. Johnson 1 1 1.0 0
Iowa State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Noel 3 160 53.3 2
J. Higgins 2 55 27.5 1
A. Sama III 1 11 11.0 0
S. Klotz 1 4 4.0 0
B. Brahmer 1 0 0.0
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Kansas State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Sinnott 10 136 13.6 1
J. Brown 5 69 13.8 0
P. Brooks 3 26 8.7 0
G. Oakley 2 26 13.0 0
T. Ward 2 13 6.5 0
W. Swanson 1 13 13.0 0
K. Johnson 1 5 5.0 0
Iowa State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Vaughn 1 0
Kansas State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Iowa State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Perkins 4 155 38.8
Kansas State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Blumer 5 182 36.4
Iowa State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Bacon 1 0 0
Kansas State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Brooks 2 -2 -1.0
Iowa State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Hansen 5 55 11.0
Kansas State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Ward 3 36 12.0
S. Porter 1 5 5.0
Iowa State Missed FG
Player Length
Kansas State Missed FG
Player Length




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