AMES, Iowa – No. 25 Iowa State matched the largest fourth-quarter comeback in school history, rallying from 17 points down, to defeat Kansas State, 42-38, giving the Cyclones their most conference wins in a season with six. The Cyclones improve to 7-4 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 play, while Kansas State ends its season 5-7 overall and 3-6 in conference action.
Things appeared grim for the Cyclones trailing 38-21 with just 12:27 remaining in the game. Iowa State quickly marched down the field and Brock Purdy hit Sam Seonbuchner from three yards out to start the rally. It was the senior Seonbuchner’s first career touchdown.
On the very next K-State series, Harvey sacked the Wildcat’s Skylar Thompson and his fumble ended up in the hands of Mike Rose, who returned it 21 yards for another quick score.
The Cyclone defense, which had struggled to stop the Wildcats all night, forced another three-and-out on the next possession.
Iowa State took over at its own 31-yard line and rolled down the field in 2:11, with David Montgomery’s third touchdown of the game putting the Cyclones in front by the final margin with just 4:34 remaining.
Again it was ISU’s defense that was able to make the stops, securing the Cyclones a tie for third place in the Big 12 Conference.
Players of Note…
Mongtomery carried 19 times for 149 yards and a career-high matching three touchdowns. It was Montgomery’s 13th 100-yard rushing game, tying him with Alexander Robinson and Dwayne Crutchfield for fourth-most by a Cyclone. Mongtomery now has 2,656 career rushing yards, moving him past Dave Hoppman and Stevie Hicks and into eighth on the career rushing list.
Hakeem Butler dominated the first half, hauling in five receptions for 144 yards and a touchdown.
Purdy was 20-for-27 passing for 337 yards, his second career 300-yard passing performance.
Defensively, Brian Peavy had a season-high 10 tackles to lead the Cyclones. Harvey had eight tackles, including a pair of sacks and a forced fumble.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today’s Attendance: 54,430
*Today’s game was the highest scoring game in series history with the teams combining for 80 points…the previous high was 77 points (55-22) in ISU’s 1972 win.
*Deshaunte Jones and Butler extended their consecutive games with a reception to 33 and 26 games, respectively.
*Butler now has 10 catches of 40+ yards this season…with 1,059 receiving yards this season, Butler sits just 14 yards shy of Lane DAnielsen’s single-season record of 1,073.
*Willie Harvey moved into the top-10 for career tackles for a loss with 28.5.
*Montgomery moved past Hoppmann on the career rushing touchdowns chart with 23 in his career.
Iowa State hosts Drake next weekend in the final game of the regular season. Kickoff from MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium is scheduled for 11 a.m.