Postseason one step away for Iowa State

November, 5, 2011
11/05/11
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Those fourth-quarter comebacks are coming in handy now.

With a 13-10 win over Kansas, Iowa State is one win away from getting back to a bowl game for the second time in three seasons under Paul Rhoads.

Zach Guyer booted the 42-yard, go-ahead field goal with 4:30 left to play, denying Kansas its best chance at its first conference victory of the season.

Iowa State memorably rallied from fourth-quarter deficits against Northern Iowa, UConn and Iowa to remain undefeated through its nonconference slate. Iowa, by the way, knocked off No. 15 Michigan today.

That streak, and last week's upset win over Texas Tech, gives the Cyclones a fighting chance. They play the league's top two teams before a season finale against Kansas State, which has narrowly edged the Cyclones the past two seasons.

Iowa State won it ugly today, but a running game that rolled up 253 yards is always tough to beat, while Kansas' offense continues to struggle late in the season after a strong start.

Jared Barnett completed 16 of 30 passes for 175 yards and an interception that set up a game-tying field goal.

The 10 points were Kansas' second fewest of the season, following last week's shutout loss to Texas.

That's discouraging for a 2-7 Kansas team that isn't showing much improvement late in the season.

This is the closest Kansas has come to a win in conference play this year, but it also came against the league's No. 9 team.

Iowa State will need a little magic down the stretch to get into a bowl game, but a team with three chances to validate its season should be fun to watch.

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