Kansas slips past Iowa State 14-11 to stay unbeaten

Oct 1, 2022, 4:17 AM | Updated: 5:09 pm
Iowa State tight end Easton Dean (87) makes a catch for a touchdown against Kansas during the first...

Iowa State tight end Easton Dean (87) makes a catch for a touchdown against Kansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

              Iowa State tight end Easton Dean (87) makes a catch for a touchdown against Kansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) celebrates his touchdown against Iowa State with teammate lineman Dominick Puni (67) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) is tackled by Kansas linebacker Rich Miller (30) and Kansas safety O.J. Burroughs (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (30) dives into the end zone ahead of Iowa State linebacker Gerry Vaughn (32) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) celebrates with teammate offensive lineman Mike Novitsky (50) after scoring a touchdown against Iowa State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Iowa State linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) pressures Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas safety O.J. Burroughs (5) breaks up a pass to Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
            
              Iowa State tight end Easton Dean (87) makes a catch for a touchdown against Kansas during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) celebrates his touchdown against Iowa State with teammate lineman Dominick Puni (67) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) is tackled by Kansas linebacker Rich Miller (30) and Kansas safety O.J. Burroughs (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (30) dives into the end zone ahead of Iowa State linebacker Gerry Vaughn (32) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas running back Daniel Hishaw Jr. (20) celebrates with teammate offensive lineman Mike Novitsky (50) after scoring a touchdown against Iowa State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Iowa State linebacker O'Rien Vance (34) pressures Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)
            
              Kansas safety O.J. Burroughs (5) breaks up a pass to Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Reed/Hoffmann)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Jace Gilbert missed three field goals, including a 37-yarder with a chance to tie the game with under 30 seconds to play as Kansas held off Iowa State 14-11 on Saturday to remain undefeated.

At 5-0 overall, this is the Jayhawks’ best start to the season since 2009 and just the second time in the last 14 years they’re 2-0 to begin Big 12 Conference play.

“This feels different because of what this group has been though,” Kansas coach Lance Leipold said. “We’ve only been here 16 months and focusing on how we can improve, but I’m so happy for them because we can see what it does in the community, the stands, togetherness and these are great things to build upon.”

Jalon Daniels and Daniel Hishaw both scored rushing touchdowns for the Jayhawks, who were shut out in the second half, but did just enough to hang on for the victory.

“Before the season I said adversity is going to come at some point,” Daniels said. “We had some adversity today as an offense, but seeing the defense being able to come through when needed, we really love that.”

Daniels threw for 93 yards while Iowa State’s Hunter Dekkers had 278 passing yards but threw a costly interception in the second quarter.

“They did a good job mixing things up with their different blitzes and we have a lot of things to clean up on the offensive end,” Dekkers said. “If we do that, we’ll be just fine. I was alright today, but I got some things I need to do better.”

Dekkers’ interception in the second quarter ended up turning into a touchdown for the Jayhawks, a 2-yard run by Daniels for a 14-0 lead.

“I think the quarterback has to have great precision to detail,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “We’ll have to look at the video tape and see what that looked like and he can continue to go forward. He had some positive moments and some moments he wants back.”

Iowa State got on the board just before halftime with Dekkers’ 7-yard pass to Easton Dean. A two-point conversion after a botched PAT snap drew the Cyclones within 14-8.

Gilbert came into the game 5-for-5 on field goals for the Cyclones but missed two kicks off the post — one in the first quarter and another in the fourth — which proved costly.

The Cyclones didn’t do hardly anything on the ground after Jirehl Brock left the game with an injury. The leading rusher for the Cyclones had just eight of Iowa State’s 26 total yards on the ground.

“We won’t know until early in the week,” Campbell said. “I don’t think it’s going to be lengthy more week-to-week.”

Kansas didn’t score in the second half, but big defensive stops lead the Jayhawks to another victory for this upstart team.

“Based on what everyone thinks where this program was going to be, yeah, but we’ve got to finish this story and we have seven games to go,” Leipold said about the start of the season. “I said we weren’t going to measure the improvement with the scoreboard last year and the improvement has helped the buy in and you start trying to find ways to win these close games.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa State: The Cyclones looked a bit out of sorts all day and probably could’ve won this game against lesser Kansas teams. It’s the first time the Cyclones have lost to Kansas since 2014.

Kansas: They did just enough to win this game and showed they can win a defensive battle after shootouts in their first four games of the season.

UP NEXT

Kansas faces TCU at home on Saturday. Iowa State hosts Kansas State the same day.

___

More AP college football: https://apnews.com/hub/college-football and https://twitter.com/ap_top25. Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: https://tinyurl.com/mrxhe6f2

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

FILE - Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts fields the ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Luis Arraez during ...
Associated Press

AP source: Bogaerts to Padres for 11 years, $280 million

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres and Xander Bogaerts agreed to a blockbuster $280 million, 11-year contract Wednesday night, adding the All-Star slugger to an already deep lineup. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the contract to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it was pending a physical. The Padres […]
22 hours ago
Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams drives past Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) during the firs...
Associated Press

Tatum, Brown lead Celtics to easy 125-98 win over Suns

PHOENIX (AP) — The hardest task these days for the Boston Celtics might be staying humble. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown each scored 25 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 16 off the bench and the rolling Celtics embarrassed the sloppy Phoenix Suns 125-98 on Wednesday night. “You enjoy the moment, but you’ve got to understand why […]
22 hours ago
FILE - Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras heads back to the dugout during the team's baseball g...
Associated Press

AP source: Cardinals, Contreras agree to 5-year contract

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Willson Contreras is going to St. Louis to replace Yadier Molina at catcher, agreeing to an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. The addition […]
22 hours ago
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, rear, fouls Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga during ...
Associated Press

Fontecchio lifts Jazz past Warriors in short-handed matchup

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Simone Fontecchio dunked with 1.4 seconds remaining off Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s steal and the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors 124-123 on Wednesday night in a matchup of short-handed teams. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins sat out for Golden State, while Utah was missing Lauri Markkanen and Mike […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Lawrence’s free throws give Vanderbilt 75-74 win over Pitt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrin Lawrence’s two free throws with 1.1 seconds left gave Vanderbilt a 75-74 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. Pitt had taken the lead after Nelly Cummings capped an 8-0 run with a midrange jumper with 14.3 seconds remaining. Coming out of a timeout, Quentin Millora-Brown drove the baseline and passed […]
22 hours ago
Associated Press

Pearson scores 20 as Ball State takes down E. Illinois 76-59

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Mickey Pearson Jr. had 20 points in Ball State’s 76-59 victory against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday night. Pearson had nine rebounds for the Cardinals (5-4). Payton Sparks scored 12 points while shooting 6 of 9 from the field. Jarron Coleman shot 3 for 9, including 3 for 7 from beyond the […]
22 hours ago
Kansas slips past Iowa State 14-11 to stay unbeaten