Through three quarters, K-State had 99 yards of total
offense. The Wildcats had moved the first down chains three
times. Four plays into the fourth quarter, Iowa State scored a
touchdown to hold a 19-7 advantage.
confidence was unfazed.
"I never doubted it once,"
Thompson said. "I never doubt us until the clock hits zero. I
K-State collected 165 yards of
offense in the fourth quarter, including 68 yards on its first
of two scoring drives in the final period. The last-second
score was K-State's first game-winning drive with less than a
minute on the clock since the Wildcats' 2010 win over
"I don't think giving up is in their vocabulary,"
head coach Bill Snyder said of his team, which finished the
regular season 7-5 and 5-4 in the Big 12. "I think they always
When the Wildcats forced Iowa State to punt on
its next drive, Thompson had the ball and 1:55 to lead K-State
87 yards down the field. It was exactly what he
"I just knew I needed the ball one time,"
Thompson said, "just give me a chance."
In his third
career start, Thompson seemingly increased the Wildcats'
chances of winning with each play on the final drive.
He started it by completing four passes in a row for
52 yards to put K-State into Iowa State territory. Next, he
found Zuber for a 17-yard strike to move inside the red
"As I've said so many times, I think he's a
poised young man. He does things the right way," Snyder said
of Thompson, who finished the game 15-of-21 for 152 yards.
"He's very tedious about his preparation, pays awfully close
attention to the coaches, works diligently on things that he
does or is responsible for. And he has the confidence level
that is appropriate for the position he plays and,
consequently, he expects it to happen. You like to have guys
Two plays and two K-State timeouts later,
Thompson hit Dominique Heath in the flat. Heath made a move
and nearly scored but came up a yard shy of the end zone,
setting up the heart-racing final play.
led K-State to its largest fourth-quarter comeback on the road
in program history at Texas Tech a few weeks ago, showed off
his abilities to improvise and make crucial plays with the
game on the line once more.
"I wasn't afraid of the
moment," he said. "I was ready to attack it and our guys were,
too. Our o-line gave me plenty of time. Our receivers made
plays. That's what it all about. I'm so proud of our
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