MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- James Johnson had 115 yards rushing and
scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 32-yard run late in the third
quarter, as Kansas State scored 31 straight points to beat Iowa
State 31-10 on Saturday.
Linebacker Brandon Archer recovered a muffed punt and a fumble
for Kansas State (5-4, 2-3 Big 12), which broke a two-game losing
streak and needs just one victory in its last three games to become
bowl eligible in Ron Prince's first year as coach.
The Cyclones (3-6, 0-5) lost their fifth straight, had a
two-game winning streak against the Wildcats snapped and have not
beaten a Division I-A team since a 16-10 victory over UNLV on Sept.
30. One more loss will keep them out of the postseason for only the
second time in seven years.
After Johnson's run put the Wildcats up 17-10 in the closing
seconds of the third quarter, Kansas State sealed the victory with
two touchdowns a minute apart in the fourth.
First, Leon Patton -- who had just four yards on his first four
carries -- ran 37 yards around left end for a 24-10 lead with 4:06
to go. Then, Devin Anderson intercepted Bret Meyer's pass and
returned it 30 yards to close the scoring with 3:06 remaining.
Iowa State scored on both of its first-quarter possessions,
going up 10-0 on Jason Scales' 6-yard TD run and Bret Culbertson's
48-yard field goal. However, Kansas State tied it at 10 in the
second quarter on Jeff Snodgrass' 19-yard field goal and Josh
Freeman's 2-yard touchdown pass to John McCardle.
It was the first scoring throw in four career starts for
Freeman, a freshman who replaced senior Dylan Meier after a 17-3
loss at Baylor on Sept. 30. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 161
yards with one interception against the Cyclones.
And after giving up those 10 early points, Kansas State's
defense -- which lost big-play safety Marcus Watts to season-ending
hand surgery earlier this week -- didn't break again. The Wildcats
gave up 384 total yards but also sacked Meyer six times and kept
him from tying the Cyclones' career record for touchdown passes.
Meyer remained at 39, one short of Todd Bandhauer's record set
from 1995-98. He was 23-for-41 for 280 yards with one interception
against Kansas State.
A series of mishaps on a punt return play set up Freeman's
First, Kansas State's Yamon Figurs drove a blocker into Ryan
Baum, who was waiting to make a fair catch. The ball rolled away,
and the Cyclones' Chris Singleton tried to pick it up. He succeeded
only in kicking it backward, and Archer recovered for Kansas State
at the Cyclones 15.
Archer made another key recovery in the closing seconds of the
half, falling on Marquis Hamilton's fumble after a 15-yard
completion to the Wildcats 3.
Snodgrass was wide left from 43 yards on Kansas State's opening
possession, and Culbertson missed from 40 yards in the third