AMES — The record crowd showed up.
The severe weather didn’t.
And all of that impressed Iowa State running back Shontrelle Johnson after his No. 25 team’s tough 27-21 loss Saturday to fifth-ranked Kansas State before a program-best 56,800 fans at Jack Trice Stadium.
“Unfortunately we did’t pull through with the win,” said Johnson, who averaged 1.9 yards per carry but scored his first career receiving touchdown. “But it goes back to Cyclone nation. They’re big supporters. They were here, rain or shine and we didn’t know what the weather was going ot be like coming into the game, so that means a lot to us as players.”
Not just in a warm and fuzzy way.
Landmark attendance numbers are becoming commonplace in the Coach Paul Rhoads era.
But Saturday the crowd may have had a real effect on what happened on the field.
Case in point: the Wildcats exhausting all three of their first-half timeouts two seconds into the second quarter.
“Credit the crowd for (that),” ISU linebacker Jake Knott said. “That was huge. To get that type of attendance and to have those people there, really into the game and focused, it was a huge benefit.”
WHERE’S WHITE?: The Cyclones played without leading rusher James White, who Rhoads said hurt his knee while making a cut in Tuesday’s practice.
White will likely miss at least next week’s game at Oklahoma State, as well.
“We’re hopeful in two weeks, he’ll be back,” Rhoads said.
White averaged 5.5 yards per carry while racking up 264 yards in the first five weeks.
K-STATE AT HALF: When Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein led his team on a quick-hit, five-play, 69-yard touchdown drive to go ahead 17-14 with 49 seconds left in the first half, a stunning stat came into play.
Kansas State entered the game 154-5 since 1990 when leading at the break.
That’s now 155-5— a 96.9 winning percentage.
“If you’re going to beat Kansas State you can’t beat yourself,” Cyclones running back Jeff Woody said.
THAT NUMBER 24: ISU fell to 3-21 all-time under Rhoads when surrendering 24 or more points in a game. The Cyclones are 19-1 in the Rhoads era when holding an opponent under that number.
NOT SO CLEAN: Kansas State committed nine penalites Saturday, doubling their season total.
ETC.: Knott moved up to 11th on ISU’s career tackle chart. He and fellow linebacker A.J. Klein have combined for 619 stops. ... Tight end Ernst Brun made his fourth touchdown catch of the season, making him the first non-wide receiver with that many since 1994. It was also his third straight game with a touchdown. ... Under Rhoads, the Cyclones are 10-6 in games decided by seven or fewer points.