Breece Hall rushed for a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns and Brock Purdy was an efficient 22-of-25 for 208 yards and a score as Iowa State downed Kansas State 33-20 Saturday night. Purdy set the school record for completion percentage and now owns two of the top three totals in program history.
The Wildcats had won 15 of the last 16 games in Manhattan. The teams split the last four meetings in the series, with each team winning two home games. Prior to that, K-State had won 10 straight games in the series.
K-State quarterback Skylar Thompson was 15-of-23 for 206 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.
Hall has now rushed for a touchdown in 18 straight games, a Big 12 record and the fifth longest streak in FBS since 1996.
Hall rushed 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game, finding a hole on the right side of the offensive line and racing untouched until the 10-yard line, where he eluded a defender diving for his feet.
After Greg Eisworth intercepted Thompson, Andrew Mevis hit a 44-yard field goal to give Iowa State a 10-0 lead.
After K-State converted a second-and-23 for a first down, Thompson found Phillip Brooks for a 40-yard touchdown pass to get the Cats on the board.
Kansas State missed a chance to tie the score on a 33-yard field goal when Taiten Winkel missed wide right. Iowa State responded with a 14-play, 80-yard drive capped by Hall’s 1-yard run. Mevis hit a 41-yard field goal as time expired to take a 20-7 lead to the half.
Iowa State started the second half with an 18-play, 93-yard drive that took more than 10 minutes off the clock. Purdy hit Sean Shaw in the front corner of the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown to close the drive.
Thompson punched it in from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter to cut it to 27-13 and Mevis connected on another 41-yard field goal to extend the lead to 30-13.
K-State followed with an 11-play, 75-yard drive capped by Thompson’s nine-yard scoring pass to Malik Knowles. Mevis then hit his fourth field goal, this one from 40 yards.
Iowa State: The Cyclones can beat you on the ground or in the air. Their balanced attack saw them gain 210 yards on the ground and 208 through the air. Their rushing attack also allowed them to have the ball for 33:45.
Iowa State hosts undefeated Oklahoma State in Big 12 action on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. on 95.1 FM and 860 AM KWPC, The Voice of Muscatine.