Rarely does the opening game of the scrum dictate the course of an entire game. Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, it seemed to be. In a massive 2020 blowout in Ames, Iowa State took six games to start releasing its dominance. This time, ISU running back Breece Hall simply got out of the tackle and unleashed the beast on a Kansas State defense that was caught off guard.
Seventy-five yards, and Iowa State didn’t look back in a 33-20 surge to victory in Manhattan. The victory marked the ISU’s first at MHK since 2004, and only the second time since 1990. Hall went over 200 a bit and finished with a night of 197 yards while Zac Purdy had 208.
The dominance of the state of Iowa was entirely complete. K-State’s game was purring, flat, and sluggish. The Cyclones are averaging 7.5 yards per game and circled QB Skylar Thompson for a pair of sacks. Simply put, it was a lousy night at the Bill. To top it off, Iowa State maintained possession from 33:45 to 26:15.
The upcoming games against Texas Tech and Texas Christian do not seem to be relieving the Wildcats in defense. Defensive coordinator Joe Klanderman must find answers with the roster he currently has, in the long-time absence of Khalid Duke. It doesn’t look very promising.