Iowa State gets run game going, beats Kansas for first Big 12 win

Iowa State QB fakes the defense and the camerman

Iowa State quarterback Sam B. Richardson fakes handing the ball off, then sneaks into the end zone for a touchdown putting the Cyclones up 10-0 over Kansas.

Nothing like two basketball schools meeting on the football field.

Iowa State's 38-13 win didn't produce many highlight-worthy moments, but it did give the world this, so be thankful it happened.

What the win means for Iowa State: The Cyclones pick up their first conference victory as they look down a gauntlet of tough opponents the rest of the season. Quarterback Sam B. Richardson got a shot of confidence, winning his first Big 12 game as a starter and becoming just the third Iowa State quarterback to reach the 500-completion mark. That will serve him and the offense well as it looks to Texas Tech.

What the loss means for Kansas: The Jayhawks’ best chance at a conference win is out the window and they tallied their 35th loss in a row on the road. Their path gets no easier as they face Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all in the month of October. How bad is it for Kansas fans? KUSports.com conducted a poll during halftime asking its live blog followers: Will Kansas win a football game in 2015? Nearly everyone voted no. At least they’re realistic.

Player of the game: Iowa State running back Mike Warren, who recorded his first college touchdowns against the Jayhawks. The freshman recorded his second-consecutive 100-yard rushing game as he tore apart the Kansas defense. He rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. His individual total against Kansas was better than the Cyclones’ team totals against Northern Iowa and Iowa.

Uh, what? Early in the second quarter Kansas decided to punt on fourth-and-3 from the Iowa State 35-yard line when it was only down 3-0. Really, Kansas coach David Beaty? If you’re not going to show confidence in your kicker then at least show some confidence in your offense to get the job done and some confidence in your defense to hold its own if the offense doesn’t do its job.