Key play: Iowa State’s Jeff Woody rushed in from 11 yards out, giving the Cyclones a 10-7 lead with 36 seconds left in the quarter.
Key stat: The Cyclones gashed KU for 104 rushing yards in 12 carries.
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Key play: Iowa State’s Sam Richardson, who entered in the first quarter, finished off a long drive with an 11-yard TD pass to Albert Gary with 11:23 left, giving Iowa State a 17-14 lead.
Key stat: Richardson completed nine of 12 passes, including three touchdowns, in the quarter.
Key play: KU quarterback Dayne Crist was picked off by Iowa State’s Willie Scott late in the quarter, setting up an Iowa State field-goal drive.
Key stat: KU was outscored 31-7 in the second and third quarters.
Key play: Iowa State’s Sam Richardson hit Josh Lenz on a 14-yard touchdown pass, extending the Cyclones’ lead to 48-23.
Key stat: The KU defense allowed 500 yards for the third straight game.
Offense: D+. Tony Pierson and James Sims can run the ball. That’s been proved. But KU fell behind big, and the lack of a passing game was crippling.
Defense: D-. The Kansas defense was torched by a third-string quarterback who had never thrown a collegiate pass. Sam Richardson looked like a blue-chip QB, and KU put up its worst defensive performance at home.
Special teams: C. There was another bobbled kickoff — how many of those have there been this year? But the special teams’ performance was overshadowed by other parts of the game.
Coaching: D-. Charlie Weis and his staff said all the right things last week. But KU wasn’t able to contain Iowa State’s offense, and that left KU with no hope.
Player of the game
Iowa State appears to have found a quarterback. Sam Richardson finished 23 for 27 for 250 yards and four touchdowns.
Reason to hope
KU won’t lose another game at home — or wear black jerseys — for the rest of the year.
Reason to mope:
KU is now one loss away from a dreaded 1-11 finish.
Kansas has a week off for Thanksgiving before finishing its season with a road game at West Virginia on Dec. 1.
— Rustin Dodd