AMES, Iowa – Brock Purdy’s 5-yard touchdown run with just more than five minutes remaining proved to be the difference as Iowa State defeated Kansas, 41-31, Saturday afternoon at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium.
The Cyclones improved to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in Big 12 action, while Kansas falls to 3-8 overall and 1-7 in conference action.
Iowa State’s defense forced Kansas into a turnover on downs following Purdy’s touchdown and the sophomore signal caller found Sean Shaw Jr. for his fourth TD reception of the season with 1:09 left to seal the deal, putting the Cyclones in front 41-31.
The Cyclones extended their lead to 21-9 on Pettway’s second touchdown reception of the game, but Kansas was resilient, scoring on its next two possessions to go in front 24-21.
The back-and-forth affair continued on ISU’s next offensive possession as Purdy hit Hall for a 24-yard touchdown pass, giving the Cyclones a 27-24 lead with 13:42 left.
After another answer by the Jayhawks, Purdy and the Cyclones marched down the field and took the lead back for good on the touchdown run.
Players of Note…
Purdy finished the game 29-for-42 for 372 passing yards and four touchdowns through the air. He also rushed for a touchdown and had nine yards on the ground as he broke the single-season record for total offense with 3,843 yards.
Purdy also set the single-season completion record (280) and the single-season passing yard mark (3,575). He now has 11 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, which is also a school record.
Out of the backfield, Hall finished with 97 rushing yards. Tight end Charlie Kolar had six receptions and a career-best 100 receiving yards, while Deshaunte Jones had seven catches for 74 yards. Pettway had six receptions for 96 yards and two scores.
Defensively, Will McDonald finished with two sacks.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Today’s Attendance: 58,120…Iowa State’s season average of 59,794 is a new school record.
*Breece Hall’s first-half touchdown was his eighth touchdown of the season, breaking ISU’s freshman rushing touchdown record held previously by Joshua Thomas.
*Julian Good-Jones made his 48th career start, matching Bret Meyer and Todd Blythe for the most career starts by a Cyclone.
*Deshaunte Jones is now second at Iowa State with 178 career receptions.
*Iowa State has now won five consecutive games against Kansas and nine of the last 10 games in the series.
Iowa State travels to Kansas State next Saturday to close the season. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m.