Jan 1, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys wide receiver Tay Martin (1) catches a touchdown pass against Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Clarence Lewis (6) during the second half of the 2022 Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Oklahoma State mounts comeback to win Fiesta Bowl vs. No. 5 Notre Dame

Oklahoma State came back from a 21-point deficit late in the first half to stun Notre Dame 37-35 Saturday in a top-ten battle at the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Spencer Sanders completed 34 of 51 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Tay Martin tied a bowl record with three touchdown catches. The Cowboys defense held Notre Dame to only a late touchdown in the second half.

Fifth-ranked Notre Dame lost its fifth straight Fiesta Bowl, despite quarterback Jack Coan throwing for a bowl record 509 yards and tying a record with five touchdowns.

Tanner Brown made up for an earlier miss with three field goals in the second half, the first from 38 yards which gave Oklahoma State the lead for good at 31-28 with six seconds left in the third quarter.

But the ninth-ranked Cowboys had to recover an onside kick to ensure the win, which they did with 1:03 to play.

With that, Oklahoma State completed the largest comeback for a win in Fiesta Bowl history, turning a 28-7 deficit late in the second half into a win.

Notre Dame finished the season 11-2, with four of Coan’s touchdown passes and 342 of his passing yards in the first half. Two were to tight end Michal Mayer and one each to running back Chris Tyree and wide receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr.

The Cowboys forced punts on Notre Dame’s first two possessions of the second half, and Sanders led two third-quarter touchdown drives, with Martin on the receiving end of his third TD of the day that tied the score at 28.

Oklahoma State fumbled at the goal line with a chance to take a 10-point lead early in the fourth quarter, but the turnover didn’t affect them, as Notre Dame’s offense could not capitalize. Nor could it on late fumble that gave them another chance to mount a touchdown drive down six.

A game of big plays and momentum swings ended with 1,156 total yards of offense between the two teams.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Stanford, California, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Jack Coan (17) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Enticing Fiesta Bowl matchup features No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 9 Oklahoma State

The 51st Fiesta Bowl is a meeting of two teams that have never faced each other in football, No. 5 Notre Dame and No. 9 Oklahoma State on New Year’s Day at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Notre Dame just missed making the final four of the College Football Playoff, while Oklahoma State fell short by just inches thanks to a touchdown-saving tackle from Baylor that, if not made, would have won the Big-12 Championship Game for the Cowboys and given them a strong case for the playoff.

Instead, the Fiesta Bowl got what is on paper an enticing matchup between two top programs, the Fighting Irish (11-1) and Cowboys (11-2).

“I mean, at this point, you don’t really look back. It’s, what, three weeks? That first week, they gave us a week off to kind of go home and see our family, do finals, stuff like that,” said Cowboys defensive end Brock Martin.

“We are as close as anybody to winning that game. As a defense, we did everything we could. I know the offense wanted to get in there and score that touchdown and win the game just as much as we wanted them to. But we do look back on it. We still talk about it every once in a while. It’s just locker room talk, this and that, at practice, whatever. But at this point, it’s just dust in the wind.”

The Oklahoma State defense yields the third-fewest yards per game among all FBS programs. That’s a challenge for Notre Dame, who could look to throw to tight end Michael Mayer, whose 64 receptions lead the Irish.

But the Cowboys no longer have the architect of that defense, coordinator Jim Knowles, who took the same job at Ohio State earlier this month.
Notre Dame will be without leading rusher Kyren Williams, who opted to sit out in preparation for the NFL Draft.

Another storyline for Notre Dame is that the Fiesta Bowl will be the first game under new head coach Marcus Freeman, after Brian Kelly left to take the LSU head coach position.

Notre Dame’s only loss this season came to Cincinnati, which made the College Football Playoff. The Irish are led at quarterback by Jack Coan, a graduate transfer from Wisconsin who has experience taking a team to a New Year’s Six bowl game, having led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl in 2019 against Oregon.

Coan is the main signal caller, but the Irish could bring in running threats at the position during the game. Coan, who in high school committed to Notre Dame as a lacrosse player, stuck with football and went to Wisconsin before transferring.

“I think everything that we thought we were getting in Jack, we underestimated. I think he was more than we thought we were getting,” Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees said of Coan.

“I think, from an intangible standpoint and a personality standpoint, leadership, being the guy in the room, being the guy in front of the offense, that was all more than we anticipated. From a physical standpoint, I said it from the first practice we had with him, he’s physically more gifted than he was advertised.”

-Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) passes the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

No. 7 Oklahoma State holds on to defeat No. 10 Oklahoma

Spencer Sanders threw for 214 yards and a touchdown and ran for 93 yards and another score to lift No. 7 Oklahoma State to a 37-33 win over No. 10 Oklahoma on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

The Cowboys (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) will face Baylor in next week’s Big 12 Championship Game, ending the Sooners’ streak of six consecutive conference titles.

The Cowboys’ defense struggled through much of the first half but came up big after halftime – even after the offense and special teams put them in a tough spot. Oklahoma State allowed just 180 yards of offense after the break — only 48 through the air.

A big chunk of those came on Caleb Williams’ 56-yard run in the final minute to give the Sooners the ball inside the Oklahoma State 25.

But once again, the Cowboys’ defense came up big, forcing three consecutive incompletions before Collin Oliver sacked Williams on fourth down to put the game away and snap the Sooners’ six-game Bedlam winning streak.

Williams threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns but was just 6 of 18 after halftime and 20 of 39 overall.

Kennedy Brooks ran for 139 yards for Oklahoma (10-2, 7-2).

The Cowboys lost the momentum with a special teams miscue early in the third quarter, then regained it with a similar error by the Sooners. Eric Gray muffed a punt early in the fourth quarter, and the Cowboys’ Demarco Jones recovered at the Sooners’ 5.

Three plays later, Jaylen Warren’s 1-yard touchdown run put the Cowboys ahead for good. They had clawed back into it about five minutes earlier on Sanders’ 37-yard touchdown run.

The Sooners built momentum early in the second half with a pair of non-offensive scores.

First, defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey popped the ball free from Cowboys running back Dominic Richardson, knocking it into the end zone.

Oklahoma State left tackle Cole Birmingham was able to jump on the ball, but the safety gave Oklahoma their first lead.

After the Sooners’ ensuing drive went nowhere, Brennan Presley couldn’t hang onto the punt, and Justin Broiles was there to recover the muffed punt in the end zone to put the Sooners ahead 33-24.

The Cowboys hadn’t given up more than 24 points all season.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  The Oklahoma State Cowboys huddle before a game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Bedlam stakes high for No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Oklahoma

Oklahoma State wide receiver Tay Martin isn’t backing down from Oklahoma.

“I would expect to whoop their a–, honestly,” Martin said of Saturday’s meeting with the Sooners. “I don’t go into a game thinking otherwise. So, as long as we just do what we have to do, you know, take care of the little things, not try to do too much, do what we did to get here, honestly, we’ll be fine.”

The Sooners have long dominated Bedlam, leading the all-time series 90-18-7. Oklahoma has won the last six meetings between the programs and 16 of the last 18.

Heading into Saturday’s meeting in Stillwater, Okla., the No. 7 Cowboys are looking to escape the shadow of the No. 10 Sooners.

The Cowboys have already clinched a spot in the Big 12 Championship game, their first appearance in the game.

An Oklahoma State win and a Baylor win over Texas Tech on Saturday would end the Sooners’ six-year run of conference titles.

An Oklahoma win or a Baylor loss would set up back-to-back Bedlam matchups for the Big 12 title. By the time the game kicks off, the road to the title game figures to be even clearer, with the Baylor-Texas Tech game kicking off more than seven hours before kickoff in Stillwater.

“The potential is unique, but it’s on us to win,” Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. “I approach this like every other one, even when we’ve had games before in the regular season where we’ve already clinched it. We’ve been in that position and knowing we’re going to the Big 12 title game and you don’t hold back.

“We don’t get 50 of these things. We don’t get 60 of these things. You only get so many.”

Both teams are still in the thick of a race for a College Football Playoff berth, with the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1 Big 12) in better position to make a leap into the top four.

Oklahoma State is in that position thanks in large part to its defense.

The Cowboys are allowing 267.5 total yards and 85.5 rushing yards per game.

“They don’t make a lot of mistakes,” Riley said of Oklahoma State’s defense. “There’s not a lot of gimmes where they busted and just gave the offense something. You just don’t see that much. They’re experienced, they’re well-coached, and it’s kinda what you’d expect. We need to play the same way.”

Since its Oct. 23 loss at Iowa State, Oklahoma State has outscored opponents 165-23.

While the Cowboys have been at their best lately, Oklahoma remains up and down.

The Sooners (10-1, 7-1) are coming off a 28-21 win over Iowa State where their defense dominated but the offense was held under 100 yards passing for the first time since 2014.

Even with his recent struggles, Oklahoma freshman quarterback Caleb Williams always has to be accounted for, coach Mike Gundy said.

“He’s a special talent,” Gundy said. “He can run around and throw the ball. It’s kind of like Nolan Ryan in football — he can fire it down the field from about any release. He’s very agile and elusive, faster than what he looks because he takes big strides, and he’s willing to just chunk it down the field and try to make plays.”

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Lubbock, Texas, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Spencer Sanders (3) runs the ball against Texas Tech Red Raiders defensive lineman Tyree Wilson (19) in the first half at Jones AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Cowboys blank Texas Tech, clinch berth in Big 12 title game

Spencer Sanders threw for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 9 Oklahoma State clinched its first ever berth in the Big 12 title game with a 23-0 win over host Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas.

Oklahoma State (10-1, 7-1) hosts No. 13 Oklahoma (10-1, 7-1) next week in what could be a preview of the Big 12 title game on Dec. 4 in Arlington, Texas. The final spot will go to Oklahoma or No. 11 Baylor (9-2, 6-2), which owns the tiebreaker since the Bears defeated the Sooners during the regular season.

Sanders went 19-for-38 passing for 239 yards and added 48 yards on six carries, while Tay Martin had seven receptions for 130 yards as the Cowboys rolled up 427 yards of total offense.

Texas Tech quarterback Dominic Smith struggled against the Cowboys, going 9-for-28 for 83 yards. He was pulled in the third quarter for Behren Morton, who went 1-for-3 for zero yards, before Smith returned to finish the game in the fourth quarter.

The Red Raiders (6-5, 3-5) rushed for 25 yards on 26 carries and Texas Tech finished with just 108 yards of total offense. The Cowboys posted their first shutout since an 84-0 win over Savannah State in September 2012.

Leading 13-0 at the half, the Cowboys pushed their lead to 16-0 on Tanner Brown’s 19-yard field goal on their first possession of the third quarter before putting the game away early in the fourth quarter.

Sanders capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to extend the Cowboys’ lead to 23-0 in the opening minute of the final quarter.

Oklahoma State took a 3-0 lead on its opening possession with a 12-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Brown’s 24-yard field goal with 10:02 left in the first quarter.

The Cowboys doubled their lead early in the second quarter when Brown’s 33-yard field goal capped a nine-play, 65-yard drive with 10:19 left in the half.

Oklahoma State found the end zone with 26 seconds left in the first half when Sanders lofted a 14-yard pass to John Paul Richardson for a 13-0 lead, concluding a 13-play, 80-yard drive.

The Cowboys defense held Texas Tech to just 26 yards in the first half — 22 passing and four rushing.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy waves to the crowd after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech embraces spoiler role, welcomes No. 9 Oklahoma State

No. 9 Oklahoma State can earn a berth in the Big 12 title game by winning the final two games on its schedule.

The Cowboys visit Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock.

Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) has won three straight games to move into a first-place tie with No. 8 Oklahoma (9-1, 6-1). The Cowboys host OU in the regular-season finale next week. Baylor (8-2, 5-2) is the conference’s lone team with two league losses, as the Bears have defeated Oklahoma and lost to Oklahoma State.

The top two finishers meet in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 4 in Arlington, Texas.

Oklahoma State can move closer to its first Big 12 title game by knocking off the Red Raiders (6-4, 3-4).

“What’s got them here is their focus, their discipline and their toughness and staying the course,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “It’s just so difficult in the world today with social media and the outside people who now are going to tell them how great they are more than ever for them to stay focused.

“As soon as you start thinking you’re pretty good there’s somebody down the street here that is going to whip you if you back off at all in your training and your progress in getting better every day.”

Texas Tech is coming off a dramatic, 41-38 win over visiting Iowa State on Saturday and is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2015.

Jonathan Garibay hit a 62-yard field goal as time expired after Iowa State’s Andrew Mevis tied the game at 38 with a 29-yard field goal with a minute remaining.

Garibay’s rocket through the uprights capped a terrific night for the Red Raiders, who ended a two-game losing streak.

Freshman quarterback Donovan Smith was great in his first career start, throwing for 322 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was Myles Price, who had nine receptions for 175 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown catch.

“You see (Donovan) throughout the course of the season, every role we have given him, he’s done what with it? He has been successful,” Texas Tech interim coach Sonny Cumbie said. “He has gotten better and better, and he has practiced that way, and now it is a challenge to do it again (Saturday).”

Oklahoma State’s 63-17 victory over visiting TCU wasn’t nearly as dramatic.

Jaylen Warren rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the season before leaving in the third quarter with the game no longer in doubt. Since becoming the Cowboys’ starter, he has rushed for at least 100 yards in five of eight games.

Dominic Richardson and Dezmon Jackson took over where Warren left off, as they each rushed for a pair of touchdowns and combined for 202 yards on 27 carries. The Cowboys rushed for 447 yards and eight touchdowns on 62 carries — an average of 7.2 yards per attempt — while Spencer Sanders went 17-for-25 passing for 235 yards and a touchdown.

The Cowboys’ running game has been complemented by a passing offense that features receivers Tay Martin (43 receptions, 592 yards, six TDs) and Brennan Presley (29 catches, 361 yards, five TDs).

–Field Level Media

Nov 13, 2021; Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA;  Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Jaylen Warren (7) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Oklahoma State routs TCU to tie for Big 12 lead

Jaylen Warren rushed for 113 yards and three touchdowns Saturday as No. 10 Oklahoma State moved into a tie for first place in the Big 12 by trampling TCU 63-17 at Stillwater, Okla.

The surging Cowboys (9-1, 6-1 Big 12) won their third straight and tied Oklahoma for the conference lead after the No. 8 Sooners endured their first defeat with a loss Saturday at Baylor.

Warren surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season and scored on first-half carries of 1, 2 and 6 yards. Since becoming the Cowboys’ starter, he has five 100-yard performances in eight games.

Warren hobbled off in the third quarter, though Dominic Richardson and Dezmon Jackson also starred with two touchdowns apiece.

Spencer Sanders engineered the victory and was solid executing the offense. Brennan Presley led the Oklahoma State receivers in catches, while Blaine Green scored on a 46-yard strike late in the second quarter for a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Big 12’s top-rated defense again sparkled as the Cowboys did not allow a touchdown until the final period while claiming their seventh straight home win.

TCU played its second game under interim coach Jerry Kill, who stepped in after the sudden departure of veteran coach Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs recovered a fumble on their first defensive series, and got a 44-yard field goal from Griffin Kell to make it 7-3 later in the first quarter. TCU did not score again until the fourth period.

Emari Demercado provided the Frogs their most punch and scored a touchdown. TCU missed three injured rushers: Zach Evans, Kendre Miller and Daimarqua Foster. Chandler Morris, coming off a sensational debut in an upset of Baylor, absorbed five sacks and could not find any rhythm.

Oklahoma State’s bid to draw a CFP invitation includes a game at Texas Tech on Nov. 20 before playing Oklahoma on Nov. 27. The Big 12 championship game is Dec. 4.

Oklahoma State unveiled a statue of Barry Sanders before the game and then placed the 1988 Heisman Trophy winner in its ring of honor at halftime.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA;  TCU Horned Frogs interim head coach Jerry Kill chats with Baylor head coach Dave Aranda before the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 Oklahoma State tackles revived TCU, but Bedlam looms

Sometimes a past relationship with an opposing coach can prove advantageous in planning.

For Mike Gundy, however, the time he spent with Jerry Kill was brief. Oklahoma State’s coach did remember the TCU interim coach teaching high school biology in 1984 at Midwest City, Okla., where Kill served as a young defensive assistant.

Each man now dissects major-college football strategies and will match wits Saturday when the Horned Frogs (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) visit the No. 10 Cowboys (8-1, 5-1) at Stillwater, Okla.

“He’s an old-school tough guy that I’ve always had a lot of respect for and what he’s been able to accomplish,” Gundy said. “And so, it’s been fun to watch him bounce around in the things that he’s done.”

Kill, a former head coach at multiple levels, took over after TCU and Gary Patterson parted ways before last week’s game against Baylor. The Frogs then upset the Bears and now look to pull off a second straight surprise against a College Football Playoff contender.

“To beat Oklahoma State, we’re going to need everything we have,” Kill said. “We’ll see if (players) carry that focus in and practice the way we practiced last week, very fast with a lot of motion.”

Chandler Morris made his first college start last week in place of injured Max Duggan and sparked TCU’s 30-28 upset over Baylor. Morris, an Oklahoma transfer, passed for 461 yards and accounted for three touchdowns. His 531 yards of total offense ranked second in TCU history.

“Last year at OU, just sitting there and watching a really good quarterback in Spencer (Rattler), I just realized that I belong,” Morris told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I can compete with these dudes. These dudes who make those throws, I feel like I can make them.”

Quentin Johnson has posted 100 yards receiving in three of the last four games, though TCU could lean on inexperienced rushers with Zach Evans out and Kendre Miller questionable.

The Frogs also must face a mighty Oklahoma State defense, which held its last two opponents to a combined total of six points and lead the Big 12 in average yards (277.0) and points (16.3) allowed.

One of the Cowboys’ most stifling performances came last week when they allowed 17 yards rushing and two third-down conversions while recording eight sacks in a 24-3 win at West Virginia.

“We’ve been fortunate that we’re playing so many guys on defense that their reps have been cut by 40 percent,” Gundy said of Oklahoma State’s depth. “So, most of our guys that are playing in the front seven are 40 percent less (workload) than what they had been over the last six or eight years.”

Butkus Award candidate Malcolm Rodriguez leads the Big 12 with a 9.7 tackling average.

Offensively, Spencer Sanders and Tay Martin pose a threat as a pass-catch combination, while Jaylen Warren adds 103.1 yards rushing on average.

The Cowboys moved up one spot in the CFP standings after initially being slotted 11th. They sit second behind No. 8 Oklahoma in conference play and control their destiny for reaching the Big 12 championship game.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton (0) celebrates with West Virginia Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown (4) after catching a pass for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Iowa State Cyclones at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Tested West Virginia, No. 11 Oklahoma State brace for nail-biter

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy views experience in close games as the potential vital point of separation when the No. 11 Cowboys take on unranked West Virginia Saturday afternoon in a Big 12 clash in Morgantown, W. Va.

“This will be a fourth-quarter game,” Gundy said. “We need to get to the fourth quarter with these guys.”

Gundy’s Cowboys (7-1, 4-1 Big 12) won their first three games — nonconference affairs against Missouri State, Tulsa and Boise State — by a total of 13 points. Oklahoma State began Big 12 play defeating Kansas State by 11 and Baylor by 10 before notching a comeback win over Texas.

The only blemish this season for the Cowboys is a 24-21 loss to Iowa State.

West Virginia beat Iowa State 38-31 last week after getting its first league win, 29-17 over TCU.

“They’re playing really well right now,” Brown said of the Mountaineers (4-4, 2-3) “and, hopefully, we can get in that position to where the experience that we have had in five or six games should help us, I would think, because we’ve been there.

“We need to put ourselves in a position where we’re in a competitive game in the fourth quarter.”

The Mountaineers might not mind a fourth-quarter game. WVU rallied from a 31-24 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns while their defense came up with a key stop at the goal line to keep the Cyclones scoreless over the final 15 minutes.

“They could be the best 4-4 team in the country,” Gundy said. “Particularly playing really, really well at home, playing really good defense. They’re very disruptive.”

The Cowboys will challenge that defense with a running attack spearheaded by Jaylen Warren.

“Jaylen Warren runs a physical as anybody in our league,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “The Big 12 this year is blessed with a lot of super talented running backs, and here’s another one.”

Warren ranks in the top five in rushing in the league with an average of 106.3 yards per game.

“He runs the ball angry,” Brown said. “He is a violent runner. He gets down hill. He breaks tackles. He’s impressive.”

West Virginia will counter with the league’s most productive passer and a running back coming off consecutive 100-yard rushing games.

Jarret Doege threw for 370 yards against Iowa State and averages 258.9 passing yards a game. Leddie Brown backed up his 111-yard rushing performance in the win over TCU with 109 against Iowa State.

Brown confirmed that the Mountaineers will be without veteran tight end Mike O’Laughlin, who has 11 catches in five games. Brown said that O’Laughlin and junior corner Nicktroy Fortune will miss the rest of the season because of lower body injuries.

TJ Banks started in O’Laughlin’s spot last week and Charles Woods started at corner for Fortune and was credited with four tackles and a pass breakup.

West Virginia great Major Harris will become the fifth Mountaineer to have his number retired in a ceremony after the first quarter of Saturday’s game.

–Field Level Media

Oklahoma State senior running back Jaylen Warren runs the ball as Iowa State sophomore defensive back Isheem Young applies defense in the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames.

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Iowa St. upends No. 8 Oklahoma St., 24-21

Brock Purdy threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and the defense came up with a huge fourth-down stop in the closing seconds as Iowa State upended No. 8 Oklahoma State 24-21 in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday.

Breece Hall scored the go-ahead, 4-yard touchdown run with 5:29 to play for the Cyclones (5-2, 3-1 Big 12).

Will McDonald, the Big 12’s second-leading sack specialist coming into the day, recorded back-to-back sacks on second and third down to shut down a late Oklahoma State drive.

But the Cowboys (6-1, 3-1) came up with a stop of their own to get the ball back with 3:18 to play, setting up one last chance.

On fourth-and-2 from the Iowa State 42, Brennan Presley caught a short pass, but was tackled by Kym-Mani King and Isheem Young short of the first down marker, clinching the win for Iowa State.

Xavier Hutchinson had 12 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones.

The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth affair. Spencer Sanders threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tay Martin with 8:36 to play to give Oklahoma State a 21-17 lead, capping a 5-play, 58-yard drive.

Sanders finished 15 of 24 for 225 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cowboys got on the board first thanks to a short field, driving 48 yards in six plays to take a 7-0 lead on Sanders’ 5-yard touchdown pass to Presley with 5:55 to go in the first quarter.

Oklahoma State drove into Cyclones territory on its next drive with an opportunity to extend its lead, but Tanner Brown missed his 50-yard field goal attempt early in the second quarter.

Iowa State took advantage on its ensuing possession, driving 67 yards on 15 plays (eating up 9:35 of clock) to tie the game on Purdy’s 1-yard touchdown pass to Hutchinson.

Two possessions later, the Cowboys answered with a 42-yard touchdown bomb from Sanders to Presley, putting them back up 14-7 with 59 seconds to play in the half.

That was the score in the third quarter when Iowa State went on the move again, marching 87 yards in just five plays to tie the game 14-14 on Purdy’s second touchdown pass to Hutchinson, this one from 9 yards out.

Cyclones kicker Andrew Mevis broke a 14-14 tie with a 29-yard go-ahead field goal with 2:41 to play in the third quarter.

–Field Level Media