Iowa State 27, Kansas 3
What Happened: Brock Purdy threw three touchdown passes and Connor Assalley hit two field goals as Iowa State had a breather over of the Jayhawks. Hakeem Butler caught scoring passes from 83 and 51 yards out in the first quarter on the way to a 20-0 lead before Kansas finally got on the board with a 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half. Purdy put it away with a scoring drive early in the second half.
What Mattered: Purdy was fantastic. You can’t turn the ball over against the Jayhawks, and he didn’t, completing 16-of-23 passes for 263 yards and three scores, and he ran for 27 yards. Butler finished with 164 yards and two scores on five catches, with an all-timer …
– Kansas couldn’t get the O going. Peyton Bender completed 19-of-41 passes for 185 yards, and the ground game only managed 147 yards. The Jayhawks converted on third downs – hitting 7-of-17 tries – but couldn’t go on scoring marches.
– It was a clean game – and KU needed it dirty. It needed Iowa State mistakes, and didn’t get them. The Cyclones isn’t turn it over and committed just two penalties. Kansas turned it over once and was flagged three times.
What It All Means: Kansas at 3-6 is still technically alive for a six-win season and a bowl, but it has to close out at Kansas State, at Oklahoma and against Oklahoma. It needed this to have any reasonable hope of another win.
– Iowa State has won four straight, and now it needs just one more win to be bowl eligible. The Big 12 championship is still on the table by winning out and with Baylor, at Texas and Kansas State to close. There might be two losses, but it’s okay – again, win three in a row, play for the conference title.