Cats ready for first trip to Ames since 2007

The last time Kansas State traveled to Jack Trice Stadium, Iowa State handed the Wildcats a 31-20 loss in Ron Prince’s second year as head coach.

The Wildcats have since reeled off four straight wins over the Cyclones, but they came by an average of 5.75 points and none of them were played in Ames. K-State defeated Iowa State at home in 2008 and 2011. In between, the Farmageddon series briefly moved to Arrowhead Stadium.

So Saturday’s game will be a new experience for K-State players. None of them have played at Jack Trice Stadium before. Next week will bring a new stadium, too, when the Wildcats play their first game at West Virginia since 1931.

Question is: Will that have an impact on the games?

“I would like to think that’s not the case,” K-State football coach Bill Snyder said. “As we’ve said so many times, it’s keeping it all between the white lines. If you do that it all looks the same no matter where you happen to be. Grass is grass.”
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Postgame: K-State 27, Iowa State 20

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Kansas State defeated Iowa State 27-20 on Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. Daniel Thomas did most of the leg work by running for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries, and the Wildcats are hoping to parlay their 3-0 start into a promising season.

Here’s a look at everything that transpired — good, bad and interesting — between the Wildcats and Cyclones:

FIVE THINGS THAT WENT WELL
1. Thomas deserves first mention. Before the game started, K-State coach Bill Snyder told the senior running back to be ready to carry the load. He did.

The Wildcats went to him a career-high 34 times, and he delivered from start to finish. It wasn’t the easiest of experiences, but Thomas said he felt strong afterward. Read More »

Gameday Preview: K-State vs. Iowa State

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Do a Google Images search on the term “Farmageddon” and very little comes up about Kansas State and Iowa State. Instead you get all kinds of unintentionally hilarious cartoon drawings of farmers and farm animals like the ones featured here.

Too bad, because the Wildcats and Cyclones lived up to their end of the bargain in their first neutral-site game at Arrowhead Stadium last year. The two teams played a fantastic game that wasn’t decided until the final moments when Emmanuel Lamur blocked an extra point.

K-State won 24-23, and the 40,851 in attendance left speaking highly of their experiences. But unless something drastic changes in the minds of John Currie and Bill Snyder following Saturday’s rematch, the series is headed back to Manhattan and Ames in the future.

It’s the right move to make, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats and Cyclones can’t put on another great show in Kansas City.
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Looking ahead to Gameday: Iowa State

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Editor’s note: In preparation of the upcoming football season, K-Stated will look ahead to all 12 games on the Wildcats’ 2010 schedule. Next up, Missouri State.

Iowa State was the first Big 12 team to start its football season last night.

The Cyclones took on Northern Illinois and won 27-10. The win itself isn’t all that impressive. After all, Big 12 teams are supposed to beat MAC opponents by three (or more) scores.

But Iowa State did look good in several areas. Running back Alexander Robinson, who rushed for 1,195 yards last season, ran for 97 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Austen Arnaud added 265 yards through the air. Read More »

Now at the podium: Iowa State

Paul Rhoads and Iowa State experienced a breakthrough season of sorts last year.

The Cyclones won at Nebraska for the first time since the Renaissance, Rhoads became a YouTube sensation with his victory speech and Iowa State went on to win a bowl game.

Iowa State is hoping to build off that success this year, but that will be difficult. The Cyclones must play at Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa. Three very hard games.
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Snyder enters Coach of the Year race

He’s been a strong candidate for Big 12 Coach of the Year all season, but now that Bill Snyder has Kansas State one win away from bowl eligibility and possibly a North division title, he’s beginning to be mentioned in the national race as well.

In his first season back, at the age of 70, he has led a K-State squad comprised of 12 first-year starters to a 5-2 record in its last seven games and a 4-2 mark in conference play. Compared to the beginning of the season, when the Wildcats struggled to beat UMass and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, it is a remarkable turnaround.

There are lots of other wonderful candidates out there (we’ll get to them in a second) and climbing to the No. 1 spot in the country will be difficult. But he is in the conversation, and that is impressive.
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Postgame: K-State 24, Iowa State 23

Blocked PAT

Emmanuel Lamur’s block made Sportscenter and Grant Gregory played so well that my columnist colleagues Bob Lutz and Jason Whitlock have anointed him the next Michael Bishop. OK, they didn’t go anywhere near that far, but they were pretty impressed.

He indeed looked good at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday during Kansas State’s dramatic 24-23 victory over Iowa State. Scrambling all over the field for 206 yards through the air and 29 on the ground, the senior South Florida transfer was responsible for all three of K-State’s touchdowns.
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Live Blog: K-State 24, Iowa State 23

FINAL
What a strange ending. Iowa State came through with a miracle touchdown pass to pull to within one point but K-State blocked the PAT to hold on for a 24-23 win.

Raphael Guidry is being credited for the block.

K-State improves to 3-2. Iowa State drops to 3-2.
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