HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM
Continuing the series in chronological order, next up is the underrated battle that took place with Iowa State to finish the 2005 season. The game had a playoff-type atmosphere, as the 'Clones needed a win to claim the North for a trip to the Big 12 title game in Houston, and KU needed a win to secure a bowl bid.
A pretty good number of red and yellow-clad Iowa State fans were in house, and I remember hearing a "Houston" cheer several times during the game. That was somewhat understandable, as ISU actually jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first half.
KU rallied though in the fourth, and Brian Luke had to come in for Jason Swanson when he was injured on a hit after a big completion. Luke scored on a QB sneak TD that had to be overturned by video review. Looking at the replay, it wasn't exactly visible that the ball went over, but the position of his torso and the ball meant that it had to be over the line.
It was frightening in that the on-the-field call was no TD, so the video evidence had to be conclusive. From a logic standpoint, it was, but it didn't necessarily provide a clear-cut view of the ball crossing.
Luke then hit Derek Fine for the two-point conversion to tie the score at 14. ISU came back and scored to take a 21-14 lead. In the final minutes, Luke led another drive that featured a 35-yard pass to Marcus Henry and then culminated with a 15-yard TD pass to Dexton Fields.
Overtime saw the Cyclones miss a field goal on their possession. Enter Scott Webb with a 34-yard field goal that went right down the middle of the uprights for the 24-21 win and a trip to the Fort Worth Bowl.
From the east side at that time, the explosion on the sideline from the players was something I've never seen before. Unfortunately, I've never seen any decent video of that, as you really would have had to have a camera focused on the entire bench during the kick. A huge win for Mark Mangino, and I'm not sure that Iowa State really ever recovered from that one.
PHOTO THAT SAYS IT ALL
"It was fun. I cleared everything from my head and tried to just do what I do everyday in practice. We're going bowling."—Scott Webb
"I was just ready. I was excited to get the opportunity again. I'm excited, especially for all us seniors. Let's go bowling."—Brian Luke
"This feels awesome to end the season like this. I was playing for our seniors. Guys have been here with for five years. We came here and have been through some bumpy times. It hasn't been easy by any stretch, but to end it like this is something special."—Brian Luke
"The kids reached back for a little extra. I'm glad those 20 guys get to play in another game. They deserve it."—Mark Mangino
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