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Tennant FG rallies No. 20 Kansas State past Iowa State 10-9

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Posted at 10:35 PM, Oct 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-08 23:35:21-04

AMES, Iowa — Adrian Martinez passed for 246 yards and rushed for 77, and Chris Tennant kicked a late field goal to lead No. 20 Kansas State to a 10-9 win over Big 12 rival Iowa State on Saturday night.

Tennant kicked a 30-yard field goal with 7:14 left in the fourth quarter to rally Kansas State (5-1, 3-0) for the win.

The Wildcats' offense was defined by two chaotic plays.

The Wildcats scored when Martinez ducked under a potential sack, then heaved the ball to a leaping Phillip Brooks, who maintained his balance and raced downfield for an 81-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, Martinez found Malik Knowles for a 68-yard gain. But Knowles fumbled before crossing the goal line. Iowa State's Anthony Johnson punched the ball out and Colby Reeder recovered in the end zone.

Martinez finished 12-of-19 passing and rushed 19 times.

The Cyclone (3-3, 0-3) have scored just one touchdown in their last 20 possessions.

Jace Gilbert made three field goals to give Iowa State a 9-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. Gilbert missed three times a week earlier at Kansas, including a potential game-tying kink in the closing seconds.

Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez relied more on his passing against Iowa State, after running wild the last two weeks. Martinez rushed for a total of 319 yards and seven touchdowns against Oklahoma and Texas Tech, but netted just 34 yards on the ground during the first half Saturday. Duece Vaughn, who was averaging 117 rushing yards per game, ran for just 10 yards in the first 30 minutes, and only 23 yards in the game.

Kansas State should remain in the Top 25 for a third straight week and climb inside the top 20, after rival Kansas' loss to Texas Christian earlier Saturday.

Kansas State is off this weekend, before traveling to No. 17 Texas Christian for a game Oct. 22.

Iowa State visits Texas on Saturday.