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Cyclones Stun Sooners in 38-31 Upset

The Iowa State Cyclones rolled into Norman and took care of business. The Cyclones, down 24-10, rallied their way back against the Sooners. This is one of college football’s biggest upsets so far this year. Iowa State can play teams tough, but Oklahoma is considered a college football playoff contender and is projected as the Big 12 Champion this year. The Sooners were a 30.5 point favorite, but if we’ve learned something this college football season, the point spread doesn’t mean a lot.

Oklahoma started off fast. Abdul Adams rushed for 35 yards on the first play of the game. The drive lasted only 2:25 when Baker Mayfield connected with Trey Sermon for a 23-yard touchdown pass. Iowa State had to punt on their first possession and Oklahoma struck quickly again. This time, Mayfield hit CeeDee Lamb for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Kyle Kempt got the Cyclones started on their third drive, hitting David Montgomery for a 46-yard reception that set up a 25-yard field goal by Garrett Owens. 

Mayfield marched the Sooners back down the field, but Iowa State’s defense was able to hold off the Sooner offense. That led to a 25-yard field goal by Austin Seibert. Former starting quarterback, Joel Lanning, now starts as the middle linebacker for the Cyclones, but saw some action under center as well. Lanning completed a 24-yard pass to Montgomery on third down to keep the drive alive. Montgomery scored later in the drive on a 2-yard touchdown run. Oklahoma kept flexing their muscles on offense when a 13-yard touchdown run by Mayfield gave the Sooners a 24-10 lead. Just before half-time, Hakeem Butler caught a 54-yard pass from Kempt to set up a 32-yard field goal by Owens. 

Down by eleven points to start the third quarter, Iowa State kept inching their way back into the game. Owens nailed a 42-yard field goal to bring the Cyclones to within eight. The Sooners drove down the field easily until Sermon fumbled on the Iowa State 6-yard line. Marchie Murdock scored on a 28-yard touchdown reception and Allen Lazard caught the two-point conversion attempt to tie the ball game. The woes continued for Oklahoma when Seibert missed a 44-yard field goal. Kempt continued to exploit the Oklahoma secondary when he found Trever Ryen for a 57-yard touchdown pass to take a 31-24 lead. 

Oklahoma responded with a touchdown of their own on a 1-yard touchdown run by Dmitri Flowers. With the game tied 31-31 with 7:18 left in the fourth quarter, the Cyclones were in the driver’s seat and held their own fate against Oklahoma. An unsportsmanlike penalty against Kenneth Murray, gave Iowa State a new start at their own 42-yard line. Kempt connected with Murdock for 12-yards. A 9-yard run by Montgomery and an 8-yard By Lanning, put the Cyclones at the Sooner 28. Allen Lazard went up in the air to make a spectacular catch for a 25-yard touchdown reception to give the lead back to Iowa State. 

The Cyclones needed one more big defensive stand to upset the third-best team in the country. Mayfield completed a pass to Jordan Smallwood for 11-yards. Iowa State was giving up nothing deep after that as Mayfield completed his next two passes to Sermon for a total of 6 yards. An incomplete pass now put it at 4th and 4 for the Sooners. The Cyclones played tight coverage and got some pressure to Mayfield, causing him to force a throw. Marquise Brown made a leaping effort, but the ball was tipped and nearly intercepted. Iowa State was able to run out the clock and it was over. The Cyclones upset the Sooners at home.

Both quarterbacks performed exceptional, with Kyle Kempt edging out Baker Mayfield. Kempt was 18-24, 343 yards and 3 touchdowns. Mayfield went 24-33, 306 yards, and 3 total touchdowns. The Sooners held the Cyclones to just 81 yards on the ground, but gave up an average of 18.4 yards per reception. Oklahoma put up 513 total yards on offense, but Iowa State made key stops when they needed to. Oklahoma drops to 4-1 and will move down slightly in the rankings. They’ll play Texas in the Red River Shootout next week. Iowa State improves to 3-2 overall and returns home to play the Kansas Jayhawks.

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