Iowa State defeats Kansas, 59-7

  • 6 p.m., Oct. 2, 2021
  • Jack Trice Stadium, Ames, IA

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Mistakes mount in a hurry for Jayhawks in blowout loss at Iowa State

Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) scores on a 36-yard touchdown reception ahead of Kansas safety Jayson Gilliom (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa State wide receiver Xavier Hutchinson (8) scores on a 36-yard touchdown reception ahead of Kansas safety Jayson Gilliom (10) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Ames, Iowa — A ruinous first quarter for Kansas football in all three phases of the game allowed Iowa State to make quick work of the Jayhawks in a 59-7 blowout Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium.

Slip-ups and miscalculations mounted for KU early, and long before the Jayhawks could even think about steadying themselves, the Cyclones had established an insurmountable lead.

“Obviously they jumped on us quickly and there were some things we didn’t respond to,” a disappointed Lance Leipold said afterward.

The havoc, which played out in front of an ISU home crowd of 60,446, began just minutes into KU’s fourth consecutive loss.

A gamble by KU freshman cornerback Jacobee Bryant on ISU’s sixth snap of the evening marked the first of the Jayhawks’ damaging mistakes in the game’s opening minutes. Bryant anticipated ISU quarterback Brock Purdy throwing his way, but the angle Bryant took and his timing while making a break on the pass were off. Xavier Hutchinson snagged the ball and made a quick turn upfield to cruise to a 30-yard touchdown. 

The next gaffe came on offense for KU (1-4 overall, 0-2 Big 12). After recovering his own fumble on a botched exchange on the first play of the series, junior quarterback Jason Bean on second down completely lost his grip on the football while racing away from ISU pursuers on a scramble. 

Said Bean of what transpired: “It was just a mental error. Had the ball in the wrong hand and as I was striding hit the ball with my leg. It’s something that just can’t happen.”

Cyclones defensive end Zach Petersen found the freebie on the ground for his first career fumble recovery. Three plays and 24 yards later, a Charlie Kolar touchdown reception had KU in a 14-0 hole less than seven minutes into the game.

“It was tough to get on track today,” Leipold said. “We turn it over uncharacteristically just running.”

The Jayhawks didn’t give the ball away on their next offensive series. But the last two plays of the abbreviated possession made it possible for ISU to get the ball back quickly yet again. A third down throw from Bean (10-for-20 passing 120 yards, no touchdowns, one interception) to Kwamie Lassiter II near the sticks on the left sideline didn’t result in a first down, as Lassiter came up shy by less than a yard.

Leipold decided to go for it on fourth-and-short from KU’s own 45-yard line. However, the Cyclones snuffed a run by Devin Neal (15 carries, 83 yards) in the backfield to take over.

ISU (3-2 overall, 1-1 Big 12), in turn, decided to exert its dominance and go for the jugular. The Cyclones’ third drive was actually just one play: a deep 44-yard Purdy bomb to a wide open Joe Scates for a TD and a 21-0 margin.

After remaining competitive at least into the third quarter in recent games, the trip to ISU played out much differently for the Jayhawks. Bean said he didn’t know for certain why that was.

“I think that’s a really good team we played tonight. And I think it was a great test for us,” Bean added. “I think overall we played not as bad as the scoreboard looked. I think there’s stuff we’ve got to work on every week.”

The calamitous first quarter wasn’t done with the lost fumble either. After Bean and Neal helped the visitors actually pick up some significant yardage for a change, as well as three first downs, KU tried to just get some points on the board when faced with fourth-and-7 on the ISU 17. 

However, Eyioma Uwazurike thwarted Jacob Borcila’s 34-yard field goal attempt, smacking it out of the air. Greg Eisworth returned the denied field goal try 55 yards to put ISU right back in plus territory.

Four plays later, Purdy’s field day of a first quarter concluded with another TD throw. 

The Cyclones took a 28-0 lead into the second quarter, and Purdy was 5-for-5 passing, for 96 yards and four TDs after just 15 minutes. Purdy later would exit the game late in the third quarter, with ISU up 38 points and the QB enjoying a final stat line of: 17-for-22, 245 yards, four TDs and no interceptions, plus five carries for 37 yards.

Not long after the rain began to fall from the night sky for a bit in the second quarter, a rare productive drive for the KU offense ended with the second turnover of the first half for Bean and the Jayhawks.

A 26-yard Bean connection with receiver Trevor Wilson (three catches, 55 yards) and 13 yards on the ground via a Bean scramble keyed the Jayhawks’ possession, getting them into the red zone.

However, on third-and-4 at the ISU 10-yard line, Bean tried to execute a difficult throw into the end zone while on the move. 

The decision allowed Kym-Mani King, one of several ISU defenders in that area of the end zone, to nab an interception and maintain the shutout for the time being.

Leipold said Bean was trying to make a play.

“But any time you throw late and a little bit across your body, especially in shortened spaces, there’s usually somebody that’s following your eyes,” KU’s head coach said. “That was disappointing.”

Keeping with the theme of the first half, the ISU offense kept its foot on the gas, soon after extending its lead to 35-0 after Breece Hall (17 carries, 123 yards, two TDs) ran in from 9 yards out, giving him ISU’s all-time record for career rushing TDs, with 37.

On seven first-half possessions, KU punted three times, lost two turnovers, got denied on a fourth down attempt and had a field goal blocked.

Contrastingly, the Cyclones put on a clinic, punting just once in the first half. It concluded with a 3:01 drive that closed with a 26-yard Connor Assalley field goal sailing through the uprights as the clock clicked down to 0:00, putting KU in an even deeper 38-0 cavern just before intermission.

Finally, with 9:17 left in the third quarter, the Jayhawks crossed the goal line to put some points on the board. Redshirt sophomore running back Torry Locklin, who scored twice at Duke in Week 4, followed his blockers and then cut right on time to speed to a 12-yard touchdown run. 

That would prove to be the lone highlight of the third quarter for the overmatched Jayhawks, though.

And on the final drive of the night for ISU’s starters, the Cyclones answered with little resistance, putting a prompt end to even the smallest amount of KU momentum. Hall finished his night with a 1-yard TD run on 4th down, setting up a 45-7 margin and a view from the sideline for the rest of the night for the Cyclones’ stars.

Adding to the Jayhawks’ misery, ISU’s backups promptly delivered the team’s seventh scoring drive of the night, as backup QB Hunter Dekkers ran away from the KU defense for a 41-yard TD that helped the Cyclones pass the 50-point mark before the fourth quarter of the drubbing began.

Following the one-sided defeat, Leipold was asked what he told his players.

“I still love ’em. I still care,” KU’s coach said of his message. “And we’re not going to change what we’re doing. We’re going to keep demanding the little things to be done right. We’re going to keep coaching them. And we’re going to keep getting better.”

In the locker room, Leipold shared, he asked the players if they’re still in, and they told him, “yes.”

The Jayhawks have a bye week Oct. 9, and don’t return to action until Oct. 16, when they play host to Texas Tech at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Jayhawks were reminded, Leipold said, that what’s ahead is an open week and not an off week, as the team continues to address its problems and find ways to improve each and every day

“That’s all I can ask them,” he said.



10:33 — Xavier Hutchinson 36 pass from Brock Purdy. Andrew Mevis kick. Six-play drive for 70 yards, in 3:07. (ISU 7, KU 0.)

8:51 — Charlie Kolar 6 pass from Purdy. Connor Assalley kick. Three-play drive for 24 yards, in 1:08. (ISU 14, KU 0.)

6:10 — Joe Scates 44 pass from Purdy. Mevis kick. One-play drive for 44 yards, in 0:07. (ISU 21, KU 0.)

0:48 — Jirehl Brock 7 pass from Purdy. Assalley kick. Four-play drive for 32 yards, in 1:28. (ISU 28, KU 0.)


3:01 — Breece Hall 9 run. Mevis kick. Seven-play drive for 80 yards, in 3:53. (ISU 35, KU 0.)

0:00 — Assalley 26 field goal. Eleven-play drive for 58 yards, in 2:02. (ISU 38, KU 0.)


9:17 — Torry Locklin 12 run. Jacob Borcila kick. Nine-play drive for 66 yards, in 4:03. (ISU 38, KU 7.)

5:27 — Hall 1 run. Assalley kick. Seven-play drive for 75 yards, in 3:45. (ISU 45, KU 7.)

2:27 — Hunter Dekkers 42 run. Mevis kick. Four-play drive for 58 yards, in 1:33. (ISU 52, KU 7.)


3:13 — Deon Silas 16 run. Assalley kick. Six-play drive for 57 yards, in 3:26. (ISU 59, KU 7.)


Doug Roberts 1 year, 2 months ago

I feel like I've seen this movie 78 times before. Same ending.

Layne Pierce 1 year, 2 months ago

Ok. Im sick of this and yes the coaches have to take some of the blame.

We should take the air out of the ball take the clock down tl 1 0r 2 seconds.
We cant compete for a full gsme so cit the game in half. Sounds pathetic but pathetic teams have to crawl before they can run. Give me one reason that a player would want to play for a team that gives up 50 pts a game and doesnt even average 10.


Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

One reason is because the coach has a record of developing winners. The coach cares about the players. The coach assumed responsibility for the team ridiculously late and hasn’t had half a chance to work with them. Another reason is because it is a great university with tremendous opportunities even if some of the fans can be rather ignorant.

It’s rather funny because some people were making similar comments at this point in Coach Beaty’s career. Unfortunately, he hadn’t proved he could lead winning teams, but he did recruit and develop players in spite of the abysmal record to begin his regime.

Coach Leipold and staff will be fine and continue to develop winners because the team is still in it, even if some fans aren’t.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 2 months ago

So, it's not a 3rd quarter thing? We had the same number of plays, 34, as ISU in the first half. They scored 38 points.

Wow, what a shellacking. Defined as - to be thoroughly beaten or thrashed; to suffer rough treatment or abuse. We had all 4 done to us tonight.

Never seen a Win Probability tracker go higher than 100% before, did not think that was possible. ISU was at 105% chance to win at one point.

Loved the play-by-play team in the second half talking about letting two players on ISU out of the state of Kansas. Like we had a choice.

Hang in there Coach L. , trust us it's been worse here. Not by much, but it has been worse. We are kind of used to it.

Only 7 more to go.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 2 months ago

It's best for all on here that we do not upset Dirk.

If you have to complain, even though you have every right to, keep Dirk's feelings in mind. He is the heart and soul of this great university that has tremendous opportunities.

Yes I know every university considers themselves to be great and that they think their school offers tremendous opptunities too.

I get it, you as a fan can boo or cheer for how your team fares in a game.

I understand this is a place to blow off steam after an effort like tonight's game. Or to raise a toast to all involved with a cheer for a win.

Just keep Dirk in mind, like I do, when you hit that post comment button. ;))

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks for the consideration Rodney, though you’re mistaken about me being upset. In this case a question was asked and I answered it.

It would appear that in this dialogue you are also projecting still being upset because I called you out on an ignorant comment about a week ago in particular, though you’ve made plenty prior to that. Unfortunately, as is becoming all too common, rather than present facts, we get the nonsense like above.

Brett McCabe 1 year, 2 months ago

Oof is right. What struck me is that we looked intimidated from the start. Coach Leipold has mentioned frequently the efforts being made to instill confidence in the team so that they can make plays.

The returners on this team went 0-9 last year, and their one win this year was a close one against a very average FCS team. Getting them to play with confidence and aggression will be an incredibly hard challenge.

John Strayer 1 year, 2 months ago

I just see no way up for KU. Call me a pessimist. In the off hand chance any of the roster improves during the year, then the transfer portal will be there to ensure the overall roster won't improve. That's the one new situation than no rebuilder of programs has had to deal with. That has to be the one of the worst developments for college football.

Rodney Crain 1 year, 2 months ago

Brett, John, thank you for your posts.

I know a certain someone, who holds this great university with tremendous opportunities in high esteem, appreciates it. He won't say it but I will. Thank You.

Thanks Spencer, Doug, and Layne too! I support your right to say what you want.

I even support the one who calls others names just because he disagrees with you. Even he deserves a hug. He is hurting too.

We are all in it, the team and the fans.

Now that we are all holding hands, I think a song will bring us all closure.

Kumbaya, Oh Kumbaya

Kumbaya ....

Kumbaya ....

David Kelley-Wood 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm not too worried about where the program is headed. It's not like Coach Liepold Chauncey Gardinered his was into a record of exceptional achievement. Faith will be the key over the next few seasons. It would be nice to live long enough to enjoy the fruits, however.

Also, it's great when commenters respect and support each other. Thanks, Rodney.

Barry Weiss 1 year, 2 months ago

Its been a rough start, but I still believe in this coach. He really has not had that much time with the team. The key will be if he can recruit some play makers. All good teams have a number of those players. Once Coach L gets a few of those and mixes them in with his coaching system, we will be competitive again.

Brian Wilson 1 year, 2 months ago

Layne blames the coaches. Maybe a little. IMO, there are plays/systems that could help this situation. IMO mix in the Wing T, the Shotgun Wing T, or Triple Option & slow the clock down. We should be running the ball to set up the pass. The systems mentioned do not require the biggest, strongest, fastest, or most athletic players to run and are difficult to defend and predict and not terribly hard to learn. Those systems were purposefully designed by coaches to work with players having less talent . But to just blame the coaches, IDK, you might say it's their fault for not adjusting the playbook to reduce blowouts.

But here is where we are at! Leiplod has his own playbook and adding in stuff just to slow the clock down and get through one year is unproductive. The coaches came in throughout the summer, so did the players. The playbook cannot possibly be fully installed yet let alone fully understood by the team. Our Senior players other than the ones from Buffalo, are are not much ahead of our freshmen. Our coaches wanted a number of Buffalo players brought in out of necessity if not panic for their mentoring and knowledge having such a late start. But just adding Buffalo players into the mix was enough for this year. However, it may payoff big going into next year. Before the season started I was hoping the coaches could add, change, and find a reduced playbook and be somewhat successful. After thinking I realize not. In a perfect world you would have 5th years seniors that have had 4 years to practice and learn the system while mentoring the young'ins. KU hasn't had that since Mangino. So at this point I am just looking to see how this team improves and executes. IMO, The "Leipold Era" does not start until 2022.

Ed Noyes 1 year, 2 months ago

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg? Being a Garden of Eden kind of guy, I say, the chicken. Ergo, players are required before positive results. As a result, we are screwed!!

Brian Wilson 1 year, 2 months ago

True. Hard to run a playbook and a plan without players. I bet you wouldn't tell KU's football team to their faces that they're not players. You know, not too many years ago I watched, and then stopped watching, Olympic basketball when "America's Dream Team" got it's butt wiped by a bunch of less talented teams. Hmm, go figure.

Layne Pierce 1 year, 2 months ago

Appreciste response to my post and Brian gets it. I am not saying fire c o aches, i sm saying thst at this state of our program clock management, running ball, kicking game, and losing and losing embarassingly are different. Time is running out on this program and perception will matter grestly if we have to find anothet conference.

John Smith 1 year, 2 months ago

ISU 59. Duke 52. Baylor 45. CC 49. You simply can’t be competitive with a defense playing this horrendously bad. Yes, the offense makes a lot of mistakes, but the majority of the problem is a defense that has systemic problems. I really hope the next couple of years the focus is on recruiting a better defense. It isn’t sexy compared to talking about offense, who the QB is etc. but at least 60% of the problem is defense, like it has been for 12 years, which is likely the worst in the P5.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

Brian - I think you are accurate in recognizing the players haven’t had a chance to learn the playbook or system the coaches are trying to install. I think the former were more important for the latter than the former, which I think are different.

I think it is also important to recognize that we are a really young team - one of the 10 youngest in the country last year IIRC and probably the same again this year. Regardless of learning, we don’t have players as developed as other teams. Almost all our super-seniors left during or after last year. It seemed that it was in response to the youth movement of the previous regime even more than any performance on the field. The latter is my speculation.

I would hope it doesn’t take 5-6 years but definitely agree that we need more patience than to expect the turnaround in 5-6 games.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

Barry - I would suggest to you that recruiting is as much or more about the OL and DL as playmakers and we just have not recruited enough in the past 4 years in particular.

Barry Weiss 1 year, 1 month ago

True, I know we need to improve there as well. I just dream of the next Todd Reesing, a 3 star recruit if I recall, who surprised everyone.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

John - It’s easy and understandable to be pessimistic after the decade of mostly chaos we’ve seen. I don’t think it is inevitable that players that develop will leave. That did happen with 3 players since Coach Leipold arrived but they hadn’t developed the relationships. The majority of the players that did leave last year seemed to be more in response to the previous regime. I think it’s twice as many players that followed Coach as left so that’s at least something to be optimistic about.

On a positive tangent, one of the former players went to Tennessee which just finished drubbing mizzoo. It’s not much but all things are relative these days.

Robert Brock 1 year, 2 months ago

Leipold was hired the day before the Spring Game. He did not have a chance to have Spring practice with this team. By the time he named his staff the recruiting period was basically over. These are Miles’ recruits - what is left of them (twenty-two transferred out...including perhaps six likely defensive starters). Be patient. If you can’t be patient then watch a lot of Netflix or Amazon Prime. Better yet - read something.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 2 months ago

Robert, not only was recruiting over, but many programs were already deep into the next cycle.

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