Sunday, December 5, 2021

Iowa Saints register another close win against No. 8 Cowboys 24-21

AMES, Iowa (NWN) — Brock Purdy threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns and the Iowa State defense made a late stand in the closing minutes as the Cyclones knocked out No. 8 Oklahoma State 24-21 on Saturday.

Bryce Hall scored a go-forward touchdown with 5:29, then the Cyclones’ defense forced a three-out and held the Cowboys to fourth with 1:09.

Purdy knelt twice for the win, and fans flocked to the field at Jack Trice Stadium as the clock ran out to celebrate Iowa State’s first win over a top-10 rival since 2018.

It was the seventh straight Oklahoma State–Iowa State game decided by seven points or less.

Purdy completed 27 of 33 passes, and Xavier Hutchinson had a career-best 12 passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns for the Cyclones (5-2, 3-1 Big 12).

Spencer Sanders finished with 225 yards and three touchdowns on 15 for 24 passings for Oklahoma State (6-1, 3-1).

Iowa State led 17–14 in the fourth quarter and extended their lead until Malcolm Rodriguez and Jaric Bernard-Convers filled Purdy in the Cowboys 42 for fourth and 2 runs.

After four plays, Ty Martin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass to top the Cowboys 21-17.

Purdy led the Cyclone on an 85-yard drive that Hall ended with his short TD run. Hall extended his Big 12 record to 19 for consecutive games with quick touchdowns.

Will McDonald had sacks back-to-back to snuff out the Cowboys’ next series. The final authority of the state of Oklahoma reached Iowa State 45. In fourth and second, Sanders went to Brennan Presley, but Ishim Young and Kim-Mani King combined to keep Presley inches short. The location of the ball stood after the video review.

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Presley caught two touchdown passes in the first half and finished with 84 receiving yards.

His first touchdown came on Sanders’ 5-yard toss, giving Oklahoma State a 7-0 lead. On his second TD, 5-foot-8 Presley leapt over two defenders and landed in the end zone, halving the Cowboys 14-7.

Hutchinson scored Iowa State’s lone first-half touchdown on a 1-yard pass from Purdy.

Hutchinson appeared to score on a 54-yard pass at the start of the third period, but was penalized for non-playing conduct by taunting him before reaching the end zone.

This put the ball on Oklahoma State 18, and after three plays Hutchinson caught a 9-yard touchdown pass, stopping in the back corner of the end zone to blow a kiss to the fans.

Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor all tied for second place in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma.

takeaway

State of Oklahoma: The Cowboys’ defense had no answer for Hutchinson, who took advantage of mostly human coverage, and the offense only turned up 2 out of 10.

Iowa State: The Cyclones win their third straight game and win over a top-10 opponent for the first time since they beat then-no. West Virginia on October 6, 13, 2018.

election effect

Iowa State will probably return to the top 25 after a four-week absence. Oklahoma State, which won four one-score games this season, will likely drop out of the top 10.

next

Oklahoma State hosts Kansas on October 30.

Iowa State visits West Virginia on October 30.

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