(TNS) — Kansas State player of the game: Skylar Thompson. So what if he was quiet for three quarters? He completed 10 of 12 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and led K-State to a come-from-behind victory with a touchdown pass to Isaiah Zuber on the game’s final play. He was clutch when the Wildcats absolutely needed him to be.
Iowa State player of the game: Kyle Kempt. Iowa State’s quarterback completed 24 of 36 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. Had the Cyclones had a running game to help him out in the red zone, they probably would have won this game.
Key moment of the game: Officials picked up a flag that would have penalized K-State defensive back Duke Shelley for pass interference while covering Iowa State receiver Allen Lazard on a third-and-six on the Cyclones’ final drive. Iowa State punted, K-State took over on its own 13 with 1:55 remaining, and Thompson led the Wildcats on a game-winning touchdown drive.
Offense: C. K-State coach Bill Snyder was critical of offensive coordinator Dana Dimel for not calling more passing plays in the first three quarters. The Wildcats were bad on offense early, gaining just 99 yards before the fourth quarter. How did Byron Pringle go without a catch a week after playing the game of his life at Oklahoma State? But they got things going at the right time and won the game.
Defense: B+. K-State held Iowa State to 379 yards, and twice forced the Cyclones to kick field goals in prime scoring position. The Wildcats also kept Allen Lazard in check. Not bad, considering they played without starting defensive backs D.J. Reed and Kendall Adams.
Special Teams: B. Dominique Heath gave K-State solid field position with a long return in the first half, and Nick Walsh had some good punts. But special teams didn’t stand out for the Wildcats. Special teams coordinator Sean Snyder picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty at one point.
Coaching: B. K-State looked bad for three quarters and then really good for one quarter. The positives outweighed the negatives on this day.