MANHATTAN, Kansas (Ticker) -- As strange as it may seem, Iowa State holds its BCS destiny in its own hands.
Thanks to a frantic fourth-quarter comeback, the Cyclones pulled off a 37-23 victory over Kansas State on Saturday and are a win away from a shot at No. 2 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference championship game.
Iowa State (6-4, 4-3 Big 12 North) has won four straight, all in the conference, and needs only a win against Missouri in its season finale to wrap up its first North Division title.
Kansas State (4-7, 2-6 North) finishes the season with its first losing season since 1992, when the Wildcats also were 4-7.
Iowa State trailed most of the game but came alive with 28 fourth-quarter points, including three TDs in a span of under two minutes late in the game.
Trailing 23-9, Iowa State pulled within a TD on a one-yard scoring run by Bret Meyer with 10:29 left in the game. Meyer, who completed 16-of-30 passes for 234 yards, connected with Todd Miller for a three-yard scoring pass with 3:23 remaining to tie the game, 23-23.
Just over one minute later, the Cyclones took the lead when Stevie Hicks scored on a 20-yard run. Hicks finished with a career-high 156 yards on 29 carries.
Defensive back LaMarcus Hicks capped the scoring with a 40-yard interception return with 1:48 left.
Darren Sproles rushed for 167 yards and a TD on 21 carries for Kansas State but the Wildcats were unable to mount any passing attack.
Allen Webb and Dylan Meier combined to complete only 6-of-18 passes for 58 yards. They each threw an interception and Webb was sacked three times.