MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -
threw four touchdown passes and Kansas State sent Ron Prince out a winner, beating Iowa State 38-30 Saturday three weeks after
the Wildcats fired their embattled coach.
Prince, hired three seasons ago without any previous head coaching experience, leaves with a record of 17-20. The victory
enabled the Wildcats (5-7, 2-6 Big 12) to squeeze past Iowa State (2-10, 0-8) and escape last place in the Big 12 North.
Kansas State has not yet hired a replacement for Prince, although athletic director Bob Krause said when announcing the firing
that he wanted to pick a successor before the end of the season. Among those whose names have been mentioned are TCU coach
Gary Patterson and former Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, who retired after the 2005 season and was followed by Prince.
Prince's Big 12 record got progressively worse, going from 4-4 in 2006 to 3-5 last year and 2-6 in 2008. Given a contract
extension before this season, he was rewarded with a buyout of almost $1.3 million when he was fired but asked to stay for
the three final games. The Wildcats got blown out by Missouri and Nebraska in their first two games with a lame duck coach.
The future could become similarly perilous for Gene Chizik, who is 5-19 in two seasons as Iowa State head coach. After winning
their first two games, the Cyclones ended the season on a 10-game losing streak.
was 31-for-45 for 440 yards and three touchdowns for Iowa State, which lost its 17th straight on the road and has given up
226 points in its last five games.
had seven catches for 116 yards for Kansas State, including a 20-yard touchdown, and became the sixth receiver in school history
to go over 1,000 yards in a season.
It might also have been the last game at Kansas State for Freeman, the 6-foot-6 junior quarterback who holds career school
records for attempts, completions, yards, touchdowns and total offense. Freeman, whose four TD passes tied a school record,
has said he intends to come back for his senior season. But an early entry into the NFL might be tempting if he's assured
of first-round draft status.
The most highly sought recruit Prince signed at Kansas State, Freeman was 17-for-30 for 279 yards and four TDs against Iowa
State's weak defense. The four touchdown passes had been accomplished 12 other times.
Freeman showed on several throws why NFL scouts have been at every game. His first scoring pass was a beauty of a 44-yard
, who was double-covered but caught the ball perfectly in stride. He also snapped off a 5-yard TD pass to Murphy that made
it 35-17 in the third quarter and connected with
on a 19-yard strike after
's 1-yard run gave Kansas State a 7-0 lead in the first quarter after
blocked his third field goal of the year, a Kansas State record.
Arnaud threw TD passes of 19 and 5 yards to R.J. Sumrall and 28 to
. His 5-yarder to Sumrall came as the final seconds of the season ticked off.