With a potential run towards the Big 12 Championship game on the line, Iowa State headed down to Lawrence, KS to try to grab a win against the Jayhawks of Kansas. Hakeem Butler was on fire in the first quarter, hauling in two passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter alone.
Hakeem the Dream! Cyclones are on the board first with this 83-yard TD pass from Brock Purdy to Hakeem Butler! pic.twitter.com/pqQ3LeHs37— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) November 3, 2018
For most of the game, the Cyclones weren’t able to gain a ton of yards on the ground, as they only gained 121 yards total on the ground. However David Montgomery was still fairly efficient at 64 yards on 14 carries (4.57 ypc), but a few of his carries came in goal line situations.
The defense continued to flex its muscles, allowing just 3 points on the day. Kansas outrushed Iowa State in total yards at 147, but required 40 total carries to do it. Pooka Williams ran for 58 yards on 17 carries, and was largely bottled up for most of the game.
One of the most important keys of this game was limiting the impact of turnovers, as Kansas is leading the Big 12 in turnover margin. Iowa State never turned the ball over, but did create one of their own in the form of a strip by Brian Peavy, which was recovered by Jamahl Johnson.
The special teams took a step forward as well, with Connor Assalley connecting on 2 of 3 field goals, but Corey Dunn was still somewhat unimpressive on his punts.
Next up is Baylor in Jack Trice Stadium next weekend. Kick time has yet to be announced.