LAWRENCE, Kan. — Last week, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell told his team that he refused to give up on this year’s Cyclone squad.
"I’m not looking for next year," Campbell said of his message to the team. "I’m looking for right now."
They took that message to heart. Only the clock could stop Iowa State in the second half as ISU scored on four of its five second-half possessions — the fifth bleeding the final seconds off the clock — and beat Kansas 31-24 for its first conference win of the season on Saturday.
Jacob Park threw for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while Allen Lazard had a career-high 10 receptions for 120 yards and a score for Iowa State (2-8, 1-6 Big 12).
"He’s a big dude," Kansas’ Steven Sims Jr. said of Lazard. "He’s a big target, big guy. He can run and he’s hard to cover. He’s hard, he’s physical. He’s trouble for anybody’s defense. He had a good game."
David Montgomery had a career-high 169 yards rushing for Iowa State.
The Cyclones scored on four consecutive drives, including a 37-yard field goal by Cole Netten that capped the scoring with 2:48 remaining, and Jomal Wiltz intercepted a pass at the ISU 38 to seal it 40 seconds later.
"Yeah, that wasn’t fun to watch," Kansas coach David Beaty said of the game. "We’ve got to get off the field (on defense). I thought we did some good things first half doing that, and then we didn’t sustain our drives in the second half to go put points on the board. You can’t kick field goals, man. You’re not going to be able to kick field goals in this league and win. You can’t do that. You’ve got to score touchdowns. We didn’t do it."
Matthew Wyman’s 37-yard field goal gave Kansas a 17-10 lead early in the second half. Park hit Deshaunte Jones for a 12-yard touchdown and, after a 39-yard TD run by Kansas’ Ke’aun Kinner, Mitchell Harger scored on a six-yard run to make it 24-22 with 10 seconds left in the third quarter.
A 46-yard run by Montgomery set up a one-yard touchdown run by Joel Lanning and gave the Cyclones the lead, 28-24, for good with 12:03 left.
Carter Stanley passed for 171 yards and Kinner had 152 yards rushing for Kansas (1-9, Big 12 0-7).
View from the sidelines: college football cheerleaders 2016.
Kansas tight end Ben Johnson missed the game with an undisclosed injury.
Kansas: The Jayhawks have lost 23 straight games against FBS opponents, dating to Nov. 8, 2014, when Kansas defeated Iowa State 34-14 at home.
Iowa State: Iowa relied primarily on Jacob Park under center. Joel Lanning, the starter, completed 1 of 4 passes for 15 yards passing and added nine yards on the ground.
Kansas hosts the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 19. The Jayhawks are still looking for their first conference win since 2014.