MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Bobby Walker intercepted two passes by Seneca
Wallace and returned them for touchdowns 23 seconds apart as
No. 12 Kansas State routed Iowa State 58-7 Saturday night.
The Wildcats (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) followed those two plays with two
more quick touchdowns off turnovers in a 28-point third-quarter
burst that led to their biggest margin of victory in a series
that's been played every year since 1917.
Kansas State's Thomas Hill congratulates Darren Sproles after Sproles scored a TD.
The week before, Kansas State crushed Kansas 64-0 in the most
lopsided win in the 100-game history of that rivalry.
It was the Cyclones' (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) most lopsided loss since a 56-3 setback to
Oklahoma in 1987. Iowa State (7-4, 4-3), which has enjoyed a
rebirth in coach Dan McCarney's eighth season, came into the game
still hoping to compete for the Big 12 North title.
But in their ninth straight loss to Kansas State, the Cyclones
lost three fumbles, threw three interceptions and were penalized 12
times for 100 yards.
Ell Roberson and Darren Sproles each scored two touchdowns and
Sproles became the sixth Kansas State running back to go over 1,000
yards in a season.
Sproles, who had 103 yards on 18 carries, hit the 1,000-yard
plateau on his 159th carry of the season, breaking the school
record of 1,000 yards in 192 carries set by Isaac Jackson in 1973.
His sixth straight 100-yard game tied Jackson's school record.
Walker, a senior cornerback, set a school record with two
interception returns in a game and tied the school mark with three
in a season.
Wallace, who had a school-record 493 yards of total offense the
week before against Missouri, was 11-of-26 for 162 yards and three
interceptions. He had 4 yards rushing. Lane Danielsen caught 8
passes for 133 yards.
The Cyclones had a dismal first half, committing 10 penalties
for 74 yards and rushing for 17 yards on 17 carries.
The Cyclones were called for having 12 men on defense on Kansas
State's second touchdown, a 1-yard run by Roberson following Josh
Buhl's recovery of Wallace's fumble on the Iowa State 12.
At that point, the Cyclones had run four plays and had minus-3
yards and a turnover while Kansas State had a 13-0 lead. Roberson's
28-yard run on Kansas State's fourth play of the game put the
Wildcats up 7-0.
About five minutes into the third quarter, Walker intercepted
his first pass and went 45 yards into the end zone. Then he picked
off Wallace's next pass and went 26 yards, scoring at the 10:01
mark for a 44-7 lead.
In the ensuing minutes, Sproles scored on a 5-yard run and
Travis Wilson scored on a 4-yard run, both following Iowa State
Ayo Saba had a 4-yard TD run and Jamie Rheem kicked a 35-yard
field goal in the second quarter for the Wildcats.