Blocked Extra Point Propels K-State to Win

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Sophomore defensive back Emmanuel Lamur blocked the tying extra-point with 32 seconds remaining to help Kansas State earn its first Big 12 win with a 24-23 victory over Iowa State at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Senior quarterback Grant Gregory threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns in his first career start as a Wildcat, completing 16 of 23 passes for 206 yards to go with 29 yards rushing on 14 carries and one touchdown.  The go-ahead score came with 5:36 remaining in the game in which Gregory rolled out to avoid the rush before hitting senior wideout Brandon Banks on a 54-yard strike.

Junior running back Daniel Thomas nearly collected his fourth 100-yard game of the season, posting 96 yards on 25 carries.  He also had five catches for 38 yards, including a 13-yard catch.  Banks, the reigning Big 12 Special Teams of the Week, totaled 164 of all-purpose yards, including four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown and three kickoffs for 67 yards.

The offenses were nearly identical with Iowa State (3-2, 0-1 Big 12) holding a narrow advantage on total yards, 371-360.  The Wildcats (3-2, 1-0 Big 12) had 206 yards passing to go with 154 yards on the ground.  Once again, K-State held the edge in time of possession (33:33 to 26:27) and converted eight of 16 third-down conversions.

Gregory got the scoring started with a 2-yard run to cap a 13-play, 89-yard drive on its opening possession that consumed seven minutes of the first quarter.  Thomas got the ball on the first five possession and totaled 30 yards on seven rushes.

Iowa State responded with a 32-yard field goal from Grant Mahoney with 9:39 left in the second quarter then took a 10-7 lead on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Austen Arnaud to Derrick Catlett with 3:55 left in the quarter. 

However, the Wildcats tied the score at 10-all with a 39-yard field goal from Josh Cherry just five seconds before the half.  Gregory was stellar on the 10-play, 48-yard drive, completing four of seven passes for 39 yards.  He hit senior Attrail Snipes for a 24-yard touchdown on a key third down play to put the Wildcats in Iowa State territory. 

The third quarter belonged to the Cyclones, who went ahead 17-10 on a 3-yard run by Arnaud that capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive. 

However, just minutes into the fourth quarter, sophomore David Garrett forced a fumble after a 12-yard catch by Derrick Catlett and Tysyn Hartman recovered on the Iowa State 36.  Seven plays later, on third and goal from the 16, Gregory connected on a 16-yard pass to wideout Lamark Brown tie the game up at 17 apiece.

K-State then went ahead on the dramatic 54-yard catch by Banks with 5:36 remaining in the game. 

After the Wildcat defense forced a third-and-out, K-State tried to run out the clock with a six-play drive that cut the time to 1:49.  However, Arnaud converted a key 4-and-5 play with a 22-yard pass completion to Marqui Hamilton for a first down at the Kansas State 23.  He then connected on a 23-yard strike to Jake Williams over two defenders to cut the deficit to 24-23.  On the next play, Lamur blocked the Grant Mahoney's extra point to give the Wildcats the win. 

The defense was led by the play of linebacker Alex Hrebec, who had a team-high eight tackles.  Defensive back Joshua Moore had 5 1/2 tackles and a break-up, while Jeffrey Fitzgerald totaled five tackles.  Linebacker John Houlik posted 4 1/2 tackles and one fumble recovery and defensive back Stephen Harrison had four stops and two pass break-ups. 

Kansas State returns to Big 12 play next Saturday, as the Wildcats travel to Lubbock, Texas to face high-flying Texas Tech (2-2, 0-0 Big 12) at Jones AT&T Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff on FSN.