Kansas Football Falls 28-16 at Iowa State

Oct. 30, 2010

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AMES, Iowa – Despite leading 9-7 at the half, the University of Kansas football team fell 28-16 to Iowa State in front of a crowd of 46,485, Saturday, at Jack Trice Stadium.

Kansas saw its record move to 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the Big 12. The Cyclones improved to 5-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Behind the leg of PK Jacob Branstetter, the Jayhawks were able to take a 6-0 first quarter lead on kicks of 34 and 42 against the wind.

Iowa State scored its only points of the half on a 62 yard punt return by Josh Lenz midway through the second, but Branstetter hit a 38 yard field goal to give the Jayhawks a halftime 9-7 advantage.

Iowa State – which only had 12 yards of total offense in the first quarter – came out a different team after halftime, racking up 21 points and 218 yards in the third quarter alone. Kansas was not able to keep pace and, although holding ISU to just 60 yards and no points in the fourth, could not come back.

A late five-yard touchdown pass from junior college transfer quarterback Quinn Mecham to freshman running back James Sims made the final score 28-16.

In his first start for Kansas, Mecham was 22-of-33 passing for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He completed throws to seven receivers; his favorite receiver being Daymond Patterson who made six catches for 22 yards.

Senior running back Angus Quigley posted 124 all purpose yards including 14 carries for 69 yards and four catches for 56 yards. Sims finished with 19 carries for 60 yards.

LB Steven Johnson and DT Richard Johnson each had seven tackles to lead the defense.

Cyclone QB Austen Arnaud completed 16-of-26 passes for 168 yards as ISU finished with 400 total yards compared to 268 for Kansas. RB Alexander Robinson ran for 117 yards and touchdown on 17 carries.

Kansas returns to Lawrence to face Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. The game can be heard on the Jayhawk Radio Network and will not be televised.