Kansas 50, Iowa State 47
Nationally ranked Kansas snatched victory from almost certain defeat today, riding quarterback Chip Hilleary's second-half heroics and its hard-hitting defense to a 50-47 victory over Iowa State.
Trailing, 47-21, after an Iowa State blitz of 40 straight points, Kansas (5-1 over all, 2-0 in the Big Eight) rallied behind Hilleary for its biggest comeback ever and first victory in Ames since 1981.
Hilleary scored on a 17-yard run late in the third quarter, then threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to cut the lead to 47-42 with 6 minutes 28 seconds left. Larry Thiel scored on a 37-yard fumble return 21 seconds later to put the Jayhawks ahead, and Maurice Douglas's 2-point conversion run made it a 3-point game.
The comeback by Kansas, No. 8 in the New York Times computer rating and 25th in the Associated Press poll, spoiled an outstanding offensive performance by Iowa State (2-4, 0-2), which amassed 516 yards against the nation's second-ranked defense. It was the most points Iowa State has scored in Coach Jim Walden's six seasons and came against a defense that had been allowing only 209 yards and 14 points a game.
But the Iowa State defense, which had contained Kansas in the middle two quarters, could not do it at the end.
Iowa State had to punt after Hilleary's third-quarter touchdown run and the Jayhawks needed only four plays to score, with Hilleary hitting tight end Dwayne Chandler on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield then jarred the ball from Iowa State's Sundiata Patterson and Hassan Bailey recovered at the Iowa State 40. Eight plays later, Hilleary hit Matt Gay on a 12-yard scoring pass, pulling the Jayhawks to 47-42. It took only two more plays for Kansas to take the lead.
Hilleary finished 16 of 27 passes for 239 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 83 yards as Kansas piled up 514 yards.