Manhattan Dominance like this is what Kansas State had come to expect before losing two out of three and plunging from No. 2 to No. 19.
"The last couple of weeks we've been real flat," defensive end Monty Beisel said Saturday after the Wildcats beat Iowa State, 56-10.
"We just haven't been the team we've been all season. I think we stepped up today and got our heartbeat back."
They also got a showdown with No. 5 Nebraska next week for what'll probably be the Big 12 North title. The Huskers will come in with a 5-1 conference record, one game better than Kansas State (8-2, 4-2).
But a victory would give the Wildcats the tiebreaker with one game left in the regular season.
In the Big 12 championship game in Kansas City on Dec. 2, the North champion would possibly meet No. 1 Oklahoma, the only team so far this year to beat both Nebraska and Kansas State.
"Any time you have two losses in three games it's tough," said Beisel, who helped lead a defensive effort that held Iowa State almost 130 yards below its 426.6-yard season average.
"It was important to get a victory. We played hard."
With Josh Scobey running for 149 yards and four touchdowns, the Wildcats piled up 583 yards against the slower Iowa State defense, the fourth-most in school history. Iowa State, which has already clinched its first winning season since 1989 and revived interest among its fans, suffered its most lopsided loss since a 77-14 flailing by Nebraska in 1997.
"It was a mismatch. We missed tackles and their offensive line dominated us," said coach Dan McCarney.
"They have outstanding backs. All of them are strong, fast and physical backs. Some of the best in the Big 12."
Scobey, a junior college transfer, scored on runs of 2, 1 and 4 yards in the first quarter. Midway through the third period, he picked up 29 yards up the middle and then went 11 yards for another TD, putting Kansas State on top 49-3.
"I live for the big game like this," Scobey said. "I couldn't be any more ready to show what I can do."
Iowa State failed on a fake punt with about two minutes left in the opening quarter and Kansas State took over at the 50. Scobey, on four straight carries, went 11, 21, 14 and 4 yards for the score.
Chris Claybon scored on an 8-yard run for Kansas State early in the second quarter. Then Quincy Morgan took a pass over the middle from Jonathan Beasley and went 29 yards for the Wildcats' fifth TD.
A few minutes later, Beasley's 1-yard touchdown run made it 42-3 and ran his team record for rushing touchdowns in a season to 16.
The Cyclones had a 30-yard field goal from Carl Gomez in the first quarter and a 1-yard TD run from Sage Rosenfels in the fourth.
With 5:17 to go, El Roberson hit Brandon Clark with a 23-yard scoring pass for Kansas State's final touchdown.
"We didn't come out here to play today and it showed on the field," said Iowa State linebacker Ab Turner.