Iowa State’s Jace Gilbert missed a 37-yard field goal with 32 seconds left, allowing Kansas to hold on and win 14-11 to improve to 5-0 for the first time since 2009.
Behind a series of defensive stops, the Jayhawks jumped to a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter and were in complete control of the game.
KU’s first touchdown at 11:30 AM of the second quarter broke a goalless draw, and the defense then did their part to help score.
Cobee Bryant’s jumping interception of a Hunter Dekkers pass sent the Jayhawks deep into Iowa state territory, and KU quarterback Jalon Daniels picked up his first touchdown of the day a few plays later.
KU led 14-8 at halftime and continued to see the attack come to a halt in the third quarter. The Cyclones narrowed the KU’s lead to 14-11 late in the third quarter and went looking for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth.
After KU chose to kick on two fourth downs in the previous two drives, the Cyclones converted two fourth downs into their drive, but came across empty when kicker Jace Gilbert struck the right upright on a missed 45-yard field goal. became. Earlier in the game, Gilbert hit the right post on the other side of the field.
Kansas took over from there, but went three-and-done and punted. The point was muted by the Iowa state returnee and KU’s Torry Locklin reinstated it at the ISU 29, giving the Jayhawks a golden opportunity to take points for the first time since the 5:25 mark of the second quarter. .
Two plays later, however, Daniel Hishaw fumbled while battling for yardage on a 9-yard loss, returning the ball to the Cyclones on their own 42-yard line with 9:05 to play.
That set the tone for the wild finish.
KU’s offense never got back on track, but the Kansas defense held out when it was needed and the party started when the Iowa state’s attempt to tie the game with a field goal with 32 seconds left to play missed. It was Gilbert’s third missed field goal of the day.
KU still had to kneel to officially kill the clock, but that was just a formality and did nothing to pause the celebration in progress.
Then KU will play host to TCU next weekend, looking for 6-0 and qualifying for the bowl.
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How they scored
11:30 – Daniel Hishaw Jr. 4-yard run. Jacob Borcila stairs.
The Jayhawks were the first team on the board in this one, with 79 yards in seven plays and 3:59 to take the first points of the day. The drive featured a completed pass from backup QB Jason Bean, a pass interference call at Iowa State and a perfect pitch from Jalon Daniels to Devin Neal, who fumbled 30 yards to set up the TD. (KU 7, ISU 0).
5:25 – Jalon Daniels 2-yard run. Borcila stairs. The interception of KU cornerback Cobee Bryant on the previous drive gave the Jayhawks a short field and KU hit it into the end zone in four games from there. The drive covered 19 yards in 2:31 and featured a Daniels completion for Quentin Skinner for 10 yards in first place to set up a first-and-goal opportunity. (KU 14, ISU 0).
2:51 – Easton Dean 9-yard reception by Hunter Dekkers. Blake Clark 2 point conversion run. After trailing two scores for the first time, the Cyclones responded with a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive that lasted 2:34. The drive featured a pass interference call to KU’s Bryant and a 53-yard pass from Dekkers to Dimitri Stanley to set up the touchdown. (KU 14, ISU 8).
5:27 – 35-yard field goal by Jace Gilbert. After Iowa State held onto the Jayhawks in the opening series of the second half, the visitors marched 62 yards in 12 games to take the KU’s lead with a field goal. Iowa State almost got more on the drive, but a big hit from KU’s Kenny Logan Jr. on wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson in the end zone, the ball hit loose and prevented a touchdown. (KU 14, ISU 11).
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