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Wildcats, Cyclones meet in early conference test

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — When Kansas State’s trip to Iowa State was shifted to early September to please the Big 12’s television partners, it seemed like a disadvantage for the Wildcats.

It might not be so bad after all.

No. 20 Kansas State didn’t look like it needed a few extra weeks to prep for its league opener after dismantling Stephen F. Austin 55-16 last weekend.

Meanwhile, the Cyclones must host their first Top 25 opponent of the year Saturday — just a week after a disheartening 34-14 loss to FCS power North Dakota State.

“I thought we played well,” Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. “And maybe the best way to put it is perhaps not quite as consistent as you would like to be. In instances where we may have made a bad play, bad decision or did not execute well at some point in the ballgame, the same opportunities arose, and we were successful at it.”

That’s exactly what the Cyclones failed to do against the Bison.

After jumping out to a 14-0 lead, Mark Mangino’s debut as Iowa State’s offensive coordinator sputtered. The Cyclones crumbled after losing center Tom Farniok and star wide receiver Quenton Bundrage, and North Dakota State closed the game with 34 consecutive points.

“We started fast, and I think trying to be consistently fast throughout the game is something that we need to work on. It’s a new system, and we’re getting a feel for it,” Iowa State quarterback Sam Richardson said.

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