MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State scored 13 unanswered points to send its 27 seniors out with a 27-17 win in their home football finale against No. 23 Iowa State on Saturday night.
In a cold environment with intensely swirling wind conditions, the Wildcats (8-4 overall) topped the Cyclones through some stout defense and ball control in the second half to end the regular season in a tie for third in the Big 12 Conference standings.
Of the final 21 minutes, 40 seconds of the game, K-State held the ball for 16:41. The Wildcats ran for 231 yards, including 107 in the fourth — all of the team's offense in the last quarter, when they possessed the ball for 10:01.
"It was really important," first-year Kansas State head coach Chris Klieman said of a run game that he relied on when he was coaching at North Dakota State. "We were able to be effective on third down (7 of 14). That allowed us to stay on the field. We probably got them a little bit wore down."
Senior graduate transfer Jordon Brown led the Wildcats with 91 yards on 19 carries, including a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to go up 24-17. True freshman Jacardia Wright added 60 yards on six carries, highlighted by a 12-yard touchdown burst to put K-State up 14-0 in the first quarter. In the fourth quarter, Wright broke off a 37-yard run on the first play of K-State's final scoring drive.