ADAM SUDERMAN Associated Press
The Clinton Herald
---- — MANHATTAN, Kan. — Iowa State viewed Saturday’s game against Kansas State as the start of a new season.
The Cyclones entered the game with just a single win from their first seven games, and they knew they needed to win their final four just to become bowl eligible.
The start of their “new season” looked a whole lot like the rest of the season.
John Hubert ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns, and Kansas State nearly pitched its first Big 12 shutout in a decade in a 41-7 rout on Saturday.
“It’s certainly one of those things I spoke to them about after the game,” Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said. “I’m anxious to get to tomorrow. I’m anxious to teach.”
Four of the Cyclones’ six previous losses were by a combined 22 points, but they never were in it against the Wildcats (4-4, 2-3), who took a 17-0 lead at halftime and never looked back.
“We haven’t gotten in a groove in quite some time and the same things every week — mistakes, not completing balls when they’re in front of us,” said Grant Rohach, who threw for 88 yards in place of Sam Richardson. “We didn’t convert third downs and that killed the offense.”
Rhoads said the move to Rohach was mainly because of execution.
“Still too many missed decisions and too many plays left out there,” Rhoads said. “Not enough production and leadership of the offensive football team to get us in the end zone.”
Iowa State (1-7, 0-5) didn’t score until the Wildcats’ Robert Rose coughed up the ball at his own 10-yard line in the closing minutes, and DeVondrick Nealy took a toss-sweep for a touchdown.
That was the only time the Cyclones ran a play in the Wildcats’ red zone.
Nealy’s TD run prevented the Wildcats from finishing off their first shutout since September 2011, and their first of a Big 12 foe since a 45-0 win over the Cyclones on Nov. 3, 2003.
“Shutouts don’t happen in college football anymore, and our youngsters played well enough and coaches coached well enough that they deserved,” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. “I’m probably more disappointed than they are which is fine.”
The quarterback combo of Jake Waters and Daniel Sams combined to throw for 221 yards and run for 89 yards as the Wildcats beat the Cyclones for the sixth straight time.