Kansas State University

Wildcat report

First Quarter

Key Play: Grant Gregory hit Lamark Brown across the middle for a scrambling 40-yard gain. Suddenly, K-State posed a threat passing the ball.

Key Stat: K-State ran the ball on 12 of 13 plays on its first scoring drive.

Second Quarter

Key Play: With 5 seconds remaining before halftime, Josh Cherry made a 39-yard field goal to tie the score at 10. It was just his second make of the season.

Key Stat: Zero, the number of sacks taken by Gregory despite facing a heavy pass rush.

Third Quarter

Key Play: With 2:27 remaining in the third quarter and Iowa State leading 17-10, K-State forced Derrick Catlett to fumble. The Wildcats scored on the ensuing drive.

Key Stat: Zero, the number of rush attempts by Iowa State star running back Alexander Robinson, who sat the second half with an injury.

Fourth Quarter

Key Play: A tie between Gregory's touchdown pass to Brandon Banks and Emmanuel Lamur's blocked kick. One won the game. The other saved it.

Key Stat: Gregory threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter — the first by a K-State quarterback since the opener.

Report card

Offense: B. The Wildcats look a whole lot better with Gregory running things, but they still need to make fewer mistakes. On Saturday, Thomas lost a fumble, Gregory threw an interception and K-State couldn't run out the clock when it needed to.

Defense: C. K-State made plays when it had to, but as the game wore on, K-State's initial tackles did less and less. Snyder said his team looked tired and apologized for working them so hard during the week.

Special Teams: A. The Wildcats saved the game on a blocked extra point and Josh Cherry kicked his first long field goal (39 yards) of the season.

Coaching: A. Considering how little Gregory has played, the thought of starting him in the conference opener seemed crazy. But Snyder knew exactly what he was doing.

Player of the game

Grant Gregory. He made Kansas State's offense better in just about every way.

Reason to hope

If Kansas State can sustain a two-dimensional offense as it did against Iowa State, it can continue to be competitive in Big 12 play.

Reason to mope

The Wildcats allowed 371 yards of offense and looked suspect tackling for the first time this season.

Looking ahead

A trip to Lubbock, Texas, to play pass-happy Texas Tech. The Wildcats got by with 24 points against Iowa State, but that won't be enough against the Red Raiders.

—Kellis Robinett

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