On a frigid, slick night at Jack Trice Stadium, the Kansas football team couldn't get its passing game started, despite forcing the issue at times in a 34-0 loss at Iowa State, which snapped a seven-game losing streak and won its first Big 12 game of the season.
Cyclones quarterback Grant Rohach, meanwhile, had no such problem, throwing for 300 yards and two touchdowns, while completing 15 of his 20 passes, with an interception.
The Jayhawks started freshman Montell Cozart at quarterback again, but after he connected on just four of his first 12 passes for 25 yards and an interception, KU coach Charlie Weis turned to Jake Heaps, with Kansas trailing, 20-0.
The former starter didn't give Kansas any better chance of winning its first Big 12 road game since 2008, though. Heaps went 7-for-19 through the air for 72 yards, and Cozart re-entered late in the fourth quarter, with KU in a 34-point hole.
Kansas senior running back James Sims did all he could on 20 carries, picking up 114 yards against ISU (2-9, 1-7 Big 12).
The Jayhawks (3-8, 1-7 Big 12) close their season at home next Saturday against rival Kansas State.
HOW THEY SCORED
First Quarter 6:43 — Aaron Wimberly 58 pass from Grant Rohach. Cole Netten kick. After giving up four straight first downs to the Kansas offense on its first possession, the Iowa State defense held deep in its own end on fourth down and, four plays and 75 yards later, Wimberly ran free down the middle and raced to the end zone for the game's first score. Rohach had time to throw because a blitzing KU linebacker could not get solid footing to move with him as he stepped to throw. (ISU 7, KU 0).
Second Quarter 13:06 — Cole Netten 22 field goal. The Cyclones went up two scores for the first time with a 13-play, 91-yard drive that spanned 6:09 and featured a 31-yard touchdown run by Shontrelle Johnson that was called back because of a holding penalty. Although the TD came off the board, the Cyclones followed it up by marching to the KU 3 yard line before settling for the chip-shot field goal. (ISU 10, KU 0).
Third Quarter 9:56 — Cole Netten 21 field goal. The Cyclones had a golden opportunity to go up three scores after recovering a James Sims fumble in Kansas territory, but the KU defense held up just enough . (ISU 13, KU 0).
6:00 — Quenton Bundrage 15 pass from Rohach. Netten kick. The Cyclones' defense once again set the ISU offense up in good shape and Rohach and company marched 38 yards in six plays and 2:07 to push the lead to three touchdowns. ISU ran the quick pass to the near sideline over and over on this drive and KU looked powerless to stop it. (ISU 20, KU 0).
1:09 — James White 5 run. Netten kick. Iowa State put this one out of reach with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that took 3:44 and came after forcing KU's offense into a three-and-out after the Jayhawks turned to former starter Jake Heaps to try to dig them out of the hole. (ISU 27, KU 0).
Fourth Quarter 10:50 — Shontrelle Johnson 23 run. Netten kick. With the Senior Night victory already well in hand, the Cyclones became an even looser team that simply looked like it wanted to have fun. That showed in the form of three highlight-reel-worthy plays on this drive, which spanned 84 yards in 1:48 and took four plays total. (ISU 34, KU 0).