Iowa State’s Jace Gilbert missed a 37-yard field goal attempt with 32 seconds left, allowing Kansas to hang on and win 14-11 to move to 5-0 for the first time since 2009.
After a series of defensive saves, the Jayhawks took a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter and had complete control of the game.
KU’s first touchdown at 11:30 of the second quarter broke a scoreless tie, and the defense then did their part to help score.
Cobee Bryant’s leaping interception of a pass from Hunter Dekkers put the Jayhawks deep in Iowa State territory and KU quarterback Jalon Daniels notched his first touchdown of the day a few games later.
KU led 14-8 at halftime and continued to see their offense stall in the third quarter. The Cyclones cut KU’s lead to 14-11 late in the third quarter and looked for a touchdown early in the fourth.
After KU opted to throw two fourth downs on their previous two drives, the Cyclones converted two fourth downs on their drive, but went empty when kicker Jace Gilbert hit the right post on a 45-yard field goal try who missed. Earlier in the game, Gilbert hit the right post at the other end of the field.
Kansas took over from there, but went three times and kicked. The punt was missed by Iowa State’s returning man and KU’s Torry Locklin recovered it at ISU 29, giving the Jayhawks a golden opportunity to collect points for the first time since the mark of 5:25 of the second quarter.
Two plays later, however, Daniel Hishaw fumbled as he fought for yardage on a 9-yard loss, returning the ball to the Cyclones on their own 42-yard line with 9:05 left.
This set the stage for the wild finish.
KU’s offense never got back on track, but the Kansas defense held on when needed and the celebration began when Iowa State’s effort to tie the game with a field goal with 32 seconds left ran out. It was Gilbert’s third missed field goal of the day.
KU was yet to kneel to officially kill the clock, but it was just a formality and did nothing to interrupt the celebration that was underway.
Then KU will host TCU next weekend, looking to move to 6-0 and clinch bowl eligibility.
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How they scored
11:30 a.m. – 4-yard run by Daniel Hishaw Jr. Kick by Jacob Borcila.
The Jayhawks were the first team on the board in this one, rushing for 79 yards in seven games and 3:59 to score the first points of the day. The drive featured a pass completed by back-up QB Jason Bean, a pass interference call on Iowa State and a perfect option throw from Jalon Daniels to Devin Neal, who rumbled 30 yards out to set up the TD. (UC 7, UIS 0).
5:25 – 2-yard run from Jalon Daniels. Kick from Borcila. KU cornerback Cobee Bryant’s interception on the previous drive gave the Jayhawks short ground and KU hit him in the end zone in four plays from there. The drive covered 19 yards in 2:31 and featured a completion from Daniels to Quentin Skinner for 10 yards on first down to create a first scoring opportunity. (KU 14, ISU 0).
2:51 – Reception of Easton Dean on 9 yards from Hunter Dekkers. Conversion of Blake Clark in 2 points. After falling behind by two scores for the first time, the Cyclones responded with a six-play, 75-yard drive that took 2:34. The drive featured a pass interference call on 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 yards field goal by Jace Gilbert. After Iowa State held the Jayhawks in the second-half opener, the visitors rushed for 62 yards in 12 plays to take the KU lead with a field goal. Iowa State nearly had more on the drive, but a big hit from KU’s Kenny Logan Jr. on wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson in the end zone knocked the ball down and prevented a touchdown. (KU 14, ISU 11).