Kansas State looks out of sorts as Iowa State runs away in 'Farmageddon' matchup

Arne Green
Topeka Capital-Journal
Iowa State running back Breece Hall (28) breaks away from Kansas State cornerback Julius Brents (23) on the way to 75-yard touchdown Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

MANHATTAN — An extra week to heal and regroup was not enough for Kansas State.

Especially when Iowa State also had an open week.

While the Wildcats survived Iowa State's first punch, a 75-yard Breece Hall touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, they looked out of sorts on both sides of the ball for most of the game and never could catch the Cyclones in a 33-20 loss at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Iowa State (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) now has bounced back from a loss to Baylor in its conference opener two win two straight. It also was the Cyclones' second straight victory over K-State and the first in Manhattan since 2004.

K-State, riding high after sweeping three nonconference games against Stanford, Southern Illinois and Nevada, now is 0-3 in the Big 12.

The Wildcats came back from a 10-0 deficit to score on a 40-yard Skylar Thompson-to-Phillip Brooks strike in the end zone, and after getting a defensive stop got in range for a potential tying field goal, only to have Taiten Winkel miss wide right from 43 yards. That was the beginning of the end.

Iowa State scored 10 straight points to lead 20-7 at the half and took up most of the third quarter with an 18-play, 93-yard drive that spanned 10 minutes, 2 seconds. K-State got no closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

The Wildcats had no defensive answer for either Hall or quarterback Brock Purdy. Hall rushed for 197 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns and Purdy was the model of efficiency, completing 22 of 25 passes for 208 yards and one score.

The Cyclones had 418 yards total offense.

For K-State, Thompson threw an early interception and never got in a rhythm until it was too late. He was 15 of 23 passing for 206 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats did have modest success running the ball against an Iowa State defense that was allowing just 90 yards per game on the ground, finishing with 136 yards.

Deuce Vaughn ran for 87 yards on 18 carries and Joe Ervin 60 on eight attempts.

The Wildcats had 342 yards total offense.

K-State will try to right the ship next week in Lubbock, Texas, against Texas Tech.