(Saturday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Kansas State 24, Iowa State 23
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Emmanuel Lamur blocked an extra-point attempt with 32 seconds remaining to preserve a 24-23 win for the Kansas State Wildcats over the Iowa State Cyclones in a Big 12 battle at Arrowhead Stadium.
Grant Gregory threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns to lead Kansas State (3-2, 1-0 Big 12). Daniel Thomas carried 25 times for 96 hard-fought yards in the win.
Austen Arnaud led ISU (3-2, 0-1) by throwing for 164 yards and two touchdowns, including what looked to be the game-tying score before Lamur snuffed away the PAT. Arnaud also ran for 84 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
Gregory got the Wildcats on the board first with a two-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter, capping a 13-play, 89-yard drive.
The Cyclones recovered a fumble deep in their own territory late in the first quarter, then marched on a 13-play, 77-yard drive that ended with a 32-yard field goal by Grant Mahoney.
ISU took a 10-7 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the second quarter, when Arnaud found Derrick Catlett for a 22-yard scoring strike.
The Wildcats put together a 48-yard drive to end the half, and Josh Cherry kicked a 39-yard field goal to tie the score at 10-10.
Arnaud put the Cyclones back on top with a three-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, punctuating a 12-play, 80-yard drive.
But K-State tied the score once again early in the fourth quarter, when Gregory tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Lamark Brown.
The Wildcats took a 24-17 lead on Gregory's 54-yard bomb to Brandon Banks with 5:36 to play.
After a three-and-out, the ISU offense got the ball back at its own 36-yard line with 1:49 to play. Arnaud engineered an eight-play, 64-yard drive, which resulted in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Williams, who made a diving catch after a tipped ball to pull the Cyclones to within one. But Lamur was able to surge the line and make a clutch special teams play to save the win for K- State.
The Cyclones spoiled a solid performance with the running game, as they piled up 207 yards on the ground and averaged five yards per carry as a team.
10/03 19:31:56 ET