Cyclones Stun No. 2 Oklahoma State! Bowl Eligible!
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State made history Friday night. With its defense keeping the high-powered Oklahoma State offense out of synch all night and an offense churning out 568 yards of total offense, the Cyclones upset No. 2 OSU in an amazing come-from-behind 37-31 double overtime victory at Jack Trice Stadium.
A crowd of 52,027 watched as the Cyclones erased a 17-point second half deficit to record its biggest win in school history. The Cyclones were 0-56-2 all-time vs. teams ranked sixth or higher coming into the game. Iowa State trumped that stat, and became bowl-eligible for the second time in the three-year Paul Rhoads era.
Jeff Woody sealed the victory on a 4-yard touchdown dive after Ter'Ran Benton intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass on the first play of OSU's second overtime possession.
The Cyclones, now 6-4 overall and 3-4 in Big 12 play, put the only blemish on the Cowboys' magical season, as OSU falls to 10-1 overall and 7-1 in the league. OSU was averaging 51.0 points per game coming into the contest, and the inspired Cyclones held the Cowboys to just 24 points in regulation.
"We've got a blue collar football team," Rhoads said. "We got a group of young men that put their hard hats on every day and just continue to go to work. I could not be prouder of the effort they put out tonight. It was complete team effort and that is what we needed for victory and that is what we delivered."
Oklahoma State went into the half with a 17-7 lead, as ISU held the explosive Cowboy offense to just one offensive touchdown in the first 30 minutes.
The Cyclone offense outgained the Cowboys, 138-80 in the first quarter, but had two long drives result in zero points. ISU marched 65 yards on 13 plays early in the first quarter, but came away empty when Zach Guyer missed a 34-yard field goal.
Meanwhile, the Cyclone defense forced two turnovers, one on a fumble by Joseph Randle which was recovered by Jake Lattimer, and the second on a Jacques Washington interception. ISU then proceeded to march 52 yards on its next series, but it ended when Jared Barnett's pass was intercepted by Shaun Lewis, who returned it 70 yards for a touchdown to give OSU the 7-0 lead.
After an OSU field goal made it 10-0, the Cyclones countered with an 8-play, 72-yard drive that was capped off by a leaping catch by Darius Reynolds from Barnett to cut the OSU lead to 10-7 with 7:22 left in the second quarter.
Weeden later hit Justin Blackmon on a 27-yard touchdown toss to make it 17-7 OSU at the break.
The Cowboys struck right away on the opening drive of the second half on a 30-yard toss from Weeden to Tracy Moore to make it 24-7 OSU, as it appeared the Cowboys were starting to break the game open. However, ISU answered on its next drive on a James White 32-yard touchdown dash to cut the lead to 24-14 early in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Cyclones performed a successful on-side kick to retain possession and promptly drove the ball to down the field before the Cowboys recovered a Barnett fumble at the OSU 9-yard line. Four plays later, however, Randle coughed the ball up for the second time and ISU's Leonard Johnson recovered it at the OSU 26-yard line.
This time the Cyclones were able to convert, as Guyer booted a 24-yard field goal to cut the lead to 24-17 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
The Cyclone defense continued to stop the Cowboys for the rest of regulation and tied the game at 24-24 with 5:30 left in the game when Barnett hit Albert Gary from seven yards out.
Iowa State got another stop and regained possession at its own 36-yard line after a Cowboy punt with 4:03 left in the game. Two plays later, Barnett's pass was tipped and intercepted by Alex Elkins, who returned it to the ISU 45-yard line. The Cyclone defense held strong again, forcing a 37-yard field goal attempt with 1:17 left in the game. But Quinn Sharp's kick sailed right, keeping the game tied at 24-24 and forcing overtime.
ISU had possession in the first overtime and scored on its first play, as Barnett hit James White on a wheel route for a 25-yard touchdown. OSU came right back, as Weeden found Josh Cooper on a 6-yard pass to tie at 31-31 and force the second overtime.
Benton then got the key interception on the first play of second overtime, Weeden's third of the game.
Barnett finished the game with a career-high 376 yards passing and churned out 84 rushing yards to lead the Cyclone offense. Gary caught a career-high seven passes for 109 yards. Jake Knott had 13 tackles to lead the Cyclone defense. ISU's 568 yards of total offense ties for the 11th-best output in school history.
Weeden ended the game with 476 yards passing, connecting on 42-of-58 attempts. Fans can purchase a DVD keepsake of the game by clicking here. DVD's will be shipped Tuesday. Fans can also purchase photos by clicking here to our online photo store. We'll add more in the coming days!
The Cyclones are back in action next weekend, traveling No. 5 Oklahoma. Kickoff is at 11 a.m.
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