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Another valiant effort against the Wildcats falls short as the Cyclones lose 27-21, dropping to 4-2 on the season.
Time Of Possession: 40:54-19:06. You can talk about shaky officiating all day (and Paul Rhoads would probably join you), but when you lose the time of possession battle by more than a 2 to 1 margin, it's hard to argue that the better team didn't win. Iowa State is a good team, but Kansas State is elite, and showed that today.
Jared Barnett had a poor game, finishing 16 of 36 for 166 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 mind-numbing Jantzy interception. He seemed to be especially flustered in the last five minutes, with two opportunities for a game winning drive. Josh Lenz, the other part of the TCU dynamic duo, was held without a catch. The late announcement that James White was out with a knee injury turned out to be a major blow to the offense, as the Cyclones finished with just 65 yards on the ground. The defense put up a game effort against the Wildcats, but were bludgeoned by Collin Klein, leading drive after drive with robotic efficiency. Probably the most puzzling thing was Jake McDonough's three offsides penalties, one that led to Kansas State turning an upcoming field goal attempt into a touchdown.
On the bright side, Ernst Brun looks to be developing into a difference maker at tight end, while Edwin Arceo went 3-3 on extra points (I know it's sad that I have to highlight this). And hey, at least we're having a better day than Texas.