Head coach Jim Walden witnessed his team pull off one of the biggest upsets in school history on what started out to be a rainy afternoon. It was Iowa State's first victory against the Sooners since the 1961 team recorded a 21-15 triumph on the same field. ISU narrowly missed an upset in 1989, losing 43-40 despite rolling up 609 yards of total offense - the most ever allowed by a Sooner defense.
ISU trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, but tied the game on touchdowns by Chris Pedersen and Blaise Bryant. Pederson ran 11 yards with 14:21 left in the second quarter. Bryant caught a 40-yard pass in the end zone and later was forced to leave the game with bruised ribs.
Oklahoma owned a comfortable 31-20 lead following the third quarter, but ISU dominated the final period of play. Sherman Williams' seven-yard run with 11:47 to play closed the gap to 31-26. The Cyclone defense kept OU off the scoreboard on two consecutive drives, and pressured placekicker R.D. Lasher into missing a 23-yard field goal with 2:50 left to play.
Pederson's scrambling ability proved to be the deciding factor. The junior from Ankeny carried the ball eight times in the winning drive and gained 57 of the 70 yards. He scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard dive with 35 seconds left to play.
Pederson threw for 102 yards, but more importantly, rushed for a career-high 148 more with two touchdowns. It was the most productive rushing output by an ISU quarterback in school history. It marked the second-consecutive record-setting performance by an ISU quarterback against Oklahoma. Former QB Bret Oberg threw for a then-school record 411 yards in 1989. Pederson, like Oberg, was named the Big Eight Conference's Offensive Player-of-the-Week.