Replay: Kansas Jayhawks lose 59-7 against Iowa State Cyclones

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal

AMES, IOWA — Kansas football's 2021 regular season continued Saturday with a road matchup against Iowa State.

Jayhawks head coach Lance Leipold and his team were in search of their first road win of the season. In what was Kansas' second Big 12 Conference matchup of the campaign, Leipold and company were looking for their first conference win, too. Last week ahead of this contest with the Cyclones (3-2, 1-1 in Big 12), the Jayhawks (1-4, 0-2 in Big 12) lost on the road against Duke.

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How did Kansas fair in a conference test at Jack Trice Stadium? Did the Jayhawks keep the game competitive? Facing a team that's sustaining success at a level Leipold wants to in time at Kansas, did the Jayhawks hold their own?

Here's what's happened:

FINAL: Iowa State 59, Kansas 7

The Jayhawks were unable to make the most of this opportunity, and after a rough first quarter weren't able to garner enough momentum to make a comeback attempt. Iowa State kept building its lead, and after Kansas scored for the first time, built it back up again.

This is the Jayhawks' fourth loss in a row. They are next in action Oct. 16 at home against Texas Tech.

Iowa State scores late

The Cyclones lead is now 59-7 with 3:13 left in the game after a 16-yard touchdown run by Deon Silas. The drive lasted 3:26 and went 57 yards in six plays.

Jayhawks turn to Miles Kendrick at quarterback

The fourth quarter likely wasn't going to see a Kansas comeback, and it appears the Jayhawks are resigned to that reality. Backup quarterback Miles Kendrick is getting some playing time.

END 3Q: Iowa State 52, Kansas 7

Cyclones turn to Hunter Dekkers at quarterback, score

Up a large margin without much time left in the third quarter, Iowa State took out Brock Purdy and put in Hunter Dekkers. On Dekkers' first drive, the Cyclones scored on a 41-yard touchdown run by Dekkers with 2:27 left in the third quarter. An extra point made it 52-7. The drive lasted 1:33 and went 58 yards on four plays.

Iowa State answers with a touchdown

The Cyclones brought their lead back to 38 points with a touchdown drive and an extra point, so with 5:27 left in the third quarter it's a 45-7 game. This drive took 3:45 off of the clock and went 75 yards in seven plays. Breece Hall scored on a one-yard run that represents his second touchdown run of the game.

Kansas finally scores

The Jayhawks scored the first time Saturday on a 12-yard touchdown run by Torry Locklin. The play ended a drive that took 4:03 off of the clock and went 66 yards on nine plays. Kansas' possession began after a defensive stop that featured the return of Kenny Logan Jr. The extra point made it a 38-7 game with 9:17 left in the third quarter.

HALFTIME: Iowa State 38, Kansas 0

Iowa State kicks a field goal as time expires in the second quarter

The Cyclones went into halftime up 38-0, thanks to a 26-yard field goal from Connor Assalley as time expired. Iowa State was driving and near the end zone, but a sack by Kyron Johnson that also forced a fumble — which Iowa State recovered — forced the field goal attempt. The Cyclones' drive lasted 2:02 and went 58 yards in 11 plays.

Iowa State runs it in for a touchdown

The Cyclones lead is up to 35-0 with 3:01 left in the second quarter after a nine-yard touchdown run by Breece Hall and the ensuing extra point. The drive lasted seven plays and 80 yards and took 3:53 off of the clock. Iowa State is averaging more than 10 yards per play at this point, and while it's run seven less plays than Kansas has about 100 more yards of total offense.

Jason Bean throws an interception

Another promising Kansas drive that went deep into Iowa State territory ended without points for the Jayhawks. Jason Bean threw a pass that was picked off in the end zone on a third down play in the red zone with about seven minutes left in the first half. It's his second interception in the end zone in as many games.

The Jayhawks' defense had put together its first stop of the game to set up this Kansas drive.

END 1Q: Iowa State 28, Kansas 0

Iowa State extends its lead

A Cyclones drive that began at the Jayhawks' 32 yard line after the blocked field goal ended in a touchdown. Brock Purdy found Jirehl Brock for a seven-yard touchdown pass with 0:48 left in the first quarter. The drive lasted four plays and 32 yards, and took 1:28 off of the clock.

Kansas field goal blocked

The Jayhawks' first truly promising drive of the game stalled, and then a 34-yard field goal attempt by Jacob Borcila was blocked. And, to make matters worse for Kansas, Iowa State returned the blocked kick into Jayhawks' territory.

Iowa State finds the end zone for the third time

After the Cyclones stopped a Jayhawks' fourth-down attempt near midfield, in one play they extended their lead. Brock Purdy hit Joe Scates for a 44-yard touchdown pass. After the extra point, the score is 21-0 with 6:10 left in the first quarter.

Iowa State scores again

Iowa State made quick work of Kansas' defense, taking advantage of the quality field position and scoring another touchdown. This drive lasted just 1:08 and went 24 yards in three plays. It ended with another touchdown pass for Brock Purdy, a six yard completion to Charlie Kolar, and after the extra point it's 14-0 with 8:51 left in the first quarter.

Jason Bean fumbles

While scrambling on Kansas' second drive of the game, Jason Bean dropped the football. It was recovered by Iowa State. Cyclones took over at the Jayhawks' 24 yard line.

Iowa State strikes first

After Kansas went 3-and-out, Iowa State didn't waste much time before scoring the first touchdown of the game. Brock Purdy connected with Xavier Hutchinson on a 36-yard strike, and after the extra point it's a 7-0 Cyclones lead with 10:33 left in the first quarter. The Jayhawks' Jacobee Bryant tried to break up the pass but failed. The scoring drive lasted 3:07 and went 70 yards in six plays.

Jayson Gilliom got a start at safety for Kansas with Kenny Logan Jr. missing the first half due to his targeting call against Duke.

Coin toss

Iowa State's football head coach Matt Campbell talks to players during the warm-up before Iowa State and Kansas Football at Jack Trice Stadium Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Ames, Iowa.

Kansas won the toss and chose to receive.

Kansas captains

The Jayhawks are going with Kyron Johnson, Miles Kendrick, Sam Burt and Kwamie Lassiter II again.

About a half hour before kickoff, check out the crowd

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.