Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, children of all ages, the time has come. Your 6th ranked Iowa State University Cyclones take on the 10th ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game in JerryWorld down in Dallas. Cyclones have never won a Big 12 title (I’m sure you have never heard that!), and OU has won 5 straight conference crowns. No team has beaten the Sooners twice in the same season, what more adversity stats would you like? Black uniforms are in full swing, it’s time to play the game.
The Cyclones open up this fine day kicking off out of bounds. Freshman phenom QB Spencer Rattler leads the OU offense out for their first drive of the game, where Isheem Young quickly faces an early ejection via targeting. Not ideal, but lots of game left, folks. The 15 yard penalty kick starts Oklahoma and they score off a Chandler Morris read option touchdown, 7-0 Sooners.
Brock Purdy and Iowa State set up shop for their first ever possession in a Big 12 title game from their own 25 yard line. While not an unproductive drive, the Cyclones would be forced to punt away. Offensive line getting beat early. Oklahoma continues their offensive attack, wheelin’ and dealin’ early on. Spencer Rattler continues his hot start, but OU kicker Gabe Brkic shows his love for the brand and missed a 36 yard field goal...wide right.
The Cyclones take over from their own 20 yard line. A combination of excellent passing and rushing has the offense rolling, but the drive would stall around the 30 yard line. Connor Assalley was unable to connect from 43 yards out, score remains 7-0. Oklahoma’s offense really did not do anything productive, but Iowa State handed them a 16 yard play on the wildest 5 seconds of emotion ever at the end of the first quarter. The first play second quarter did not go great for ISU, a 45 touchdown from Rattler to Mims to build up a 14-0 lead. Iowa State only went backwards on their next drive and was forced to punt once again. OU takes over from the 50. They punt. We back. Esketit.
Iowa State’s offense was unable to get things going from within their own 5 yard line and we punt again. Oklahoma can’t get much going but of course nails a 54 yard field goal to extend the lead to 17-0 midway through the second quarter. As it turns out, Gabe Brkic can’t kick it in bounds on the kickoff either so the Cyclones get their best starting field position all day and Dylan Soehner instantly makes an impact and sparks the offense on a 23 yard reception. The refs missed several offsides call and Oklahoma paid for them pissing off Matty Campbell and the Cyclones, Brock Purdy converts a big 4th down to put Iowa State within striking distance. Purdy, however, misread the play (or something) and OU forces the INT to take away any hopes of scoring for the Cyclones. Jon Heacock’s defense get a big stop on 3rd down to force a punt once again.
Brock Purdy once again leads the offense out onto the field and gets hits necked damn near pulled off. That played a big role in getting the offense in a goal-to-go situation. Purdy finds Kolar on a 10 yard touchdown to cap off a 6 play, 86 yard drive to make it a 10 point game, 17-7.
The Sooners need just 54 seconds to respond and put the lead back up to 17. Not ideal. To the half we go.
The second half opens up with the Oklahoma defense staying hot, forcing a 3 and out and a punt for Iowa State. Iowa State’s defense returns the favor and gets the powerful OU offense off the field. Brock Purdy puts us all in a glass case of emotion and makes a few plays before he throws his second interception of the day. Luckily, Jon Heacock draws up another great defensive possession to get the Cyclones the ball back. Iowa State punts again. Isn’t this fun? Guess what, another OU punt after a big sack by Will McDonald!
Brock Purdy and company decide their done punting after 3 plays and gets that sum bitch movin’. Xavier Hutchinson takes a screen pass 42 yards to set up the Cyclones deep into OU territory. The offense kept their foot on the gas on the possession and finally finish off a drive on a Breece Hall touchdown run to bring it within 10 points, 24-14 at the end of three quarters. More notably, Oklahoma was OFFSIDES TWICE and we got the call!
Put them 4’s up.
The Professor continues to rattle the Ratman and gets Iowa State the ball right back with some momentum. While the ISU punt unit comes out again, there is still a lot of fight left in this Cyclone squad. The Whirlybirds get another defensive stop, but need some spark from the Tom Manning side of the ball. A couple key 3rd conversion keeps the drive alive, but an overturned catch by Xavier Hutchinson is a bit of a morale killer. Breece Hall and Brock Purdy perform CPR and have the Clones within the 5 yard line. Purdy, hands to Breece up the middle, TOUCHDOWN! A 12 play, 87 yard drive in 4 minutes and 20 seconds brings the Cyclones within 3 points with just 5:15 to go.
OU’s 6th drive of the half is kickstarted by a long kick return that gives them ball around midfield. A strong running attack has the Sooners not only milking the clock, but in the red zone with a chance to shut the door on Iowa State’s hopes of winning the Big 12. The Cyclones defense gets yet another big stop on 3rd down to force Oklahoma to kick a field goal, 27-21, 2:01 to play.
One drive. This is it. 70 yards.
An offside penalty starts the drive, followed by another Purdy-Hutchinson connection to get the ball right around midfield, 1:36 to play. A facemask penalty gives Iowa State the ball at the 33 yard line one play later. A false start moves the Cyclones back 5 yards. A second one moves them back to the 43 now. Brock Purdy gets flushed out of the pocket, only to throw an interception over the middle to seal the game for the Sooners, 27-21 your final.
The Cyclones really got away from their brand of football today. Lots of mistakes, unforced errors, penalties, everything really just did not go their way but they continued to battle.
Did not play our best football, that is no secret. Never not proud of the team and their efforts. Always proud to be a Cyclone.
Now, onto bowl season.