Strong Defensive Effort Comes Up Short At Oklahoma
NORMAN, Okla. - The Iowa State football team could not capitalize on four Oklahoma turnovers Saturday in Memorial Stadium. The Cyclones went on to fall 26-6 to the 12th-ranked Sooners and dropped to 6-5 overall and 3-5 Big 12 Conference play. Oklahoma improved to 9-2 overall and 6-2 in league action.
Senior Ter'Ran Benton led an impressive Iowa State defensive performance with two turnovers (one fumble and one interception), as the Cyclones held their fourth-straight league foe to 26 points or less in regulation.
Junior Jake Knott (interception) and sophomore Jeremy Reeves (interception) also recorded turnovers for the Cyclones.
After James White fumbled on Iowa State's second play from scrimmage at the Cyclones' 22, the Iowa State defense limited Oklahoma to a 20-yard Mike Hunnicutt field goal with 11:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Freshman quarterback Jared Barnett fumbled on the next Iowa State drive at the OU 27, but the Cyclone defense held again. When Oklahoma snapped the ball for its punt after that drive, the ball went over the punter's head. Iowa State took over at the OU 10 after the bad snap. Barnett hit Albert Gary with a TD pass on the ensuing play to give Iowa State a 6-3 lead with 5:48 left in the first quarter.
Oklahoma drove 58 yards in eight plays to the Iowa State 1 when Blake Bell was picked off in the endzone by Knott to end the first quarter with Iowa State in the lead.
On its first drive of the second quarter, Oklahoma drove 79 yards on 10 plays into the teeth of a constant 30 mile-an-hour wind. The Sooners capped the drive with Bell rushing for a 3-yard TD that made it 10-6 with 8:12 left in the first half.
Later in the quarter a Trey Franks' 43-yard gain on a reverse set up an Oklahoma TD. Bell scored from the one on third-and-goal and the Sooners led 17-6 with 3:22 remaining in the first half.
On the next drive, two Woody runs and an 11-yard completion preceded a huge play. Travis Lewis picked off a Barnett pass and set up OU at its own 43. But the Sooners had to settle for a Hunnicutt 28-yard field goal to make it 20-6 with 25 seconds left in the first half.
Iowa State's Jevohn Miller fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Sooners recovered. This allowed Hunnicutt to add an additional field goal from 37 yards to make it 23-6 as the first-half clock expired.
After a scoreless third quarter that included a fumble recovery by Benton, the Cyclones were unable to score in the fourth quarter.
Barnett went 13-28 with a touchdown for the day. Albert Gary led the Cyclone receiving corps with four catches for 52 yards and a touchdown. Woody had a team-high 60 yards on 13 carries.
The Cyclones return next Saturday with a visit to Kansas State at 11:30 a.m. CST.