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Kansas State-Iowa State game report

Updated: 2013-11-03T01:17:56Z

First quarter

Key play: K-State’s John Huber broke free for a 54-yard run, making it clear he was headed for a big day.

Key stat: K-State rushed for 95 yards.

Second quarter

Key play: Daniel Sams scrambled all across the field and then found Tramaine Thompson for a circus catch, proving that everything was going K-State’s way.

Key stat: K-State held Iowa State to 33 rushing yards.

Third quarter

Key play: Iowa State was unable to secure a fumble from John Hubert, allowing K-State to punt the ball away. Had Iowa State come up with the ball, it would have been in scoring range.

Key stat: Mark Krause’s lone punt went for 67 yards.

Fourth quarter

Key play: Iowa State scored on a 10-yard run immediately after grabbing a fumble. The play ended K-State’s hopes of a shutout.

Key stat: K-State allowed its only points in the fourth quarter.

Player of the game: Ryan Mueller. The defensive end made a team-high seven tackles, including two for loss and a sack. He continues to be a highlight-reel player on defense.

Reason to hope: K-State is back at .500. With two home games and a trip to struggling Kansas remaining, the Wildcats are within reach of a bowl game and a winning season.

Reason to mope: K-State’s next three games, though winnable, are no cupcakes. The Wildcats may be underdogs in two: at Texas Tech and against TCU and Oklahoma.

Looking ahead: A difficult test looms for K-State next week at Texas Tech. Lubbock, Texas is always a tough place to play, especially when the Red Raiders are ranked.

Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

Report card

A OffenseTramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett made some NFL-level catches, John Hubert rushed for more than 100 yards and QBs Jake Waters and Daniel Sams both looked sharp.
A+ DefenseAnother impressive outing from K-State’s defense. It came oh-so-close to a shutout. Ryan Mueller continued to make big plays and the secondary played tight defense with Ty Zimmerman grabbing an interception.
B+ Special teamsMark Krause had a spectacular 67-yard punt, and Jack Cantele made two field goals. But a lack of big returns and a missed 51-yard field goal keep the grade below an A.
A CoachingThis series has been close over the past five seasons, but Bill Snyder prepared a strong game plan and K-State won in a blowout.

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