Iowa State coach Matt Campbell told his team last week after its loss to Oklahoma that he refused to give up on this year’s team.
ISU (2-8 overall, 1-6 Big 12) players trusted Campbell and capitalized on a strong second half performance on both sides of the ball to beat Kansas 31-24 in Lawrence, Kansas.
In the second half, the only thing that stopped ISU was the clock. The Cyclones scored on four of their five second half possessions. The fifth possession ended when the game clock hit zero.
ISU quarterback Jacob Park threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Allen Lazard caught a career-high 10 receptions for 120 yards and a 4-yard touchdown catch with 3:35 in the second quarter to bring the score to 14-10 Kansas.
The scoring started with a ISU 23-yard field goal by Cole Netten. But after a 7-yard touchdown catch by wide receiver Steven Sims Jr., Kansas took a 7-3 lead into the second quarter.
Kansas (1-9 overall, 0-7 Big 12) scored three seconds into the second quarter to go up 14-3, but the Lazard touchdown catch brought the score to within four again going into halftime.
A Matthew Wyman 37-yard field goal put Kansas up 17-10 in the third quarter, but Park threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Deshaunte Jones. Netten missed the PAT, leaving the score at 17-16 Kansas.
Running back Ke’aun Kinner responded with a 39-yard run to put Kansas up 24-16 with 4:58 in the third quarter. ISU responded with a 6-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds remaining in the third. The Cyclones two-point conversion attempt failed, and Kansas led 24-22 going into the fourth.
ISU would take a 28-24 lead on a Joel Lanning touchdown run, but failed the two-point conversion. ISU would control the game from there, kicking a 37-yard field goal with 2:48. Kansas threw an interception 40 seconds later to seal the game.
Kansas quarterback Carter Stanley threw for 171 yards and Kinner had 152 yards rushing.
The Jayhawks have lost 23-straight games against FBS opponents dating to Nov. 14, 2014, when Kansas beat Iowa State 34-14 in Lawrence, Kansas.
Iowa State once again reed on Park, even after Lanning started. Lanning completed one pass on four attempts for 15 yards and added nine yards rushing.
Kansas hosts the Texas Longhorns Saturday. The Iowa State Cyclones return to Ames to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday. The Longhorns and Red Raiders are both coming off of losses; Texas 24-20 to West Virginia and Texas Tech 45-44 at Oklahoma State.