For the second week in a row Iowa State had a lead late in the third quarter and came away with a loss. Iowa State was up 31-14 only to watch Oklahoma State score 24 unanswered points and come away with a 38-31 victory over the Cyclones.
Iowa State’s offense stagnated, and a Carson Epps fumble turned the tide in the Cowboys favor for good. Oklahoma State took a 38-31 lead on a pass from Rudolph to Washington with 3:40 left in the game, which sealed the win for the Cowboys.
Iowa State started off strong and were even imposing their will coming into the third quarter. We have seen this song and dance before. Iowa State’s inability to adjust and overcome adversity eventually led to their demise. It’s evident that Campbell’s bunch is going to have to learn to face adversity and make the plays necessary to win these close contests, as Big 12 play will always be a grind. Iowa State’s defense was on the field for most of the fourth quarter and just didn’t have enough gas to keep up.
The quarterback carousel was back this week and both Lanning and Park made plays to contribute to the early 31-14 lead. Then they also contributed to Oklahoma State clawing back into the game. Joel Lanning finished the game 18/30 for 179 yards and two touchdowns. Positive for him was no interceptions, but costly sacks stalled several Cyclone drives late in the game. Jacob Park was 6/12 for 93 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions, with one in the 4th quarter that attributed to a killed drive.
Trever Ryen was the leading receiver on the day, hauling in 6 receptions for 74 yards and 1 touchdown before getting hurt and leaving the game for good. Mike Warren had 9 rushes for 50 yards, most of which came in the first half. Lanning also had 18 rushes for 67 yards.
We hate to sit here every week and claim moral victories. The positives are that Iowa State is getting better and showing that they can compete in the Big 12. Now it’s a matter of the team coming together and playing four full quarters. Iowa State is now 1-5 on the season and 0-3 in Big 12 play.
The Cyclones will now travel to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns next week. The game will be shown on Cyclones.tv at 6 p.m. Central.