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QUICK HITS: Kansas State 30 Iowa State 23

Posted on: December 3, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 5:27 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli

KANSAS STATE WON. It was an incredibly important game for Kansas State, as a win would keep their BCS hopes alive, and the Wildcats did just that on Saturday. The game was delayed for nearly two hours thanks to some nasty weather in Manhattan, but the Wildcats rode both Collin Klein and John Hubert to victory. Klein finished the day with 244 total yards and two touchdowns. His rushing touchdown was the 26th he's scored this season, leaving him only one behind Ricky Williams for the most rushing touchdowns by a Big 12 player in a single season. John Hubert rushed for 120 yards on the day, and also scored the deciding touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

WHY KANSAS STATE WON. It wasn't the best performance we've seen from Kansas State's offense this season, but the Wildcats didn't turn the ball over and the defense made some key stops when it had to. Still, if you looked at the box score and not the final score, you'd think Iowa State won the game because it was better than Kansas State in just about every important category.

WHEN KANSAS STATE WON. John Hubert busted outside, broke a couple of tackles, delievered a nice stiff-arm and then tip-toed down the sideline for a lovely 25-yard touchdown run to put Kansas State up 30-23 with 3:29 left. Then on Iowa State's ensuing possession, the Kansas State defense stuffed Jeff Woody on a 4th and 2 at the KSU 31 yard line to put the finishing touches on this one.

WHAT KANSAS STATE WON. As I mentioned above, when you combine this Kansas State win with Houston's loss on Saturday, Kansas State's chances of securing one of the BCS at-large berths are greatly improved. In fact, at this point, you have to think that the Cotton Bowl is the worst that Kansas State can do.

WHAT IOWA STATE LOST. Iowa State had already secured a bowl berth before this game, but with this loss the Cyclones lose out on the chance to ensure that 2011 ends with a winning record. Other than that, the only thing the Cyclones really lose out on in this game is a chance to stick another feather in their cap after knocking off another one of the Big 12's best.
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