STILLWATER, Okla. — While the growth and maturation of the Iowa State football team has been evident in recent weeks, a significant win still eludes first-year Coach Matt Campbell and the Cyclones.
Iowa State held a 31-14 lead over Oklahoma State midway through the third quarter, but the Cowboys rallied with the final 24 points of the game and defeated the Cyclones, 38-31, before a crowd of 53,239 fans Saturday at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“Obviously, a tough loss for our football team,” Campbell said. “It kind of looked eerily like last week. We had opportunities to make plays and finish up the football game. We just didn’t.”
Much like last week – when Iowa State (1-5, 0-3 Big 12) saw a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter morph into a 45-42 defeat at home against Baylor – the Cyclones outplayed their opponent through three quarters.
True to his word leading up to the game, Campbell was committed to playing both of his quarterbacks. Joel Lanning and Jacob Park each saw plenty of time under center, especially in the first half. Lanning started his 11th-straight game and directed the Cyclones’ first two drives, the second of which yielded a 35-yard Cole Netten field goal for a 3-0 lead. Park played the next three series and threw a three-yard touchdown pass to receiver Allen Lazard for a 10-7 lead two minutes into the second quarter.
“I thought we were off to a really good start,” Campbell said. “Both those guys brought some huge positives. I’m sure both of those guys would like to have a couple of plays back at the end of the football game. Both guys brought some good energy to this football team when we needed it and made some big plays for us when we needed it. Again, those are things we’ll look at, we’ll evaluate and see what they look like on film.”
The Iowa State offense outgained Oklahoma State in first-half yardage, 268 to 205, and collected 19 first downs to eight for the Cowboys. With the Cowboys leading, 14-10, Lanning closed the first half scoring with a 75-yard drive in 10 plays that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by freshman tailback David Montgomery and a 17-14 lead with 2:58 left until halftime. It was the third-consecutive game in which the Cyclones held a halftime lead.
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“We went into half feeling pretty good,” Lanning said. “The third quarter, we came out of the gates ready to go.”
With less than six minutes left in the third quarter, Lanning and the Cyclones had pushed the lead to 31-14 with a pair of touchdown passes – a 35-yarder to Trever Ryen and Lazard’s second of the game from 18 yards away. The lead ballooned thanks in part to a string of stout defensive stops in which Iowa State held the potent Oklahoma State offense scoreless for five straight possessions.
“They have good runners, good schemes on both sides of the ball,” Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said. “They made some really nice adjustments on us. It took us a long time, offensively, to adjust with them.”
Once the Cowboys (4-2, 2-1 Big 12) adjusted, it snowballed on Iowa State. Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph threw three of his game-high four touchdown passes over the final 17-plus minutes of the game and finished with 351 yards without a turnover.
Iowa State managed just 23 yards of offense in a scoreless fourth quarter.
“I don’t know what it is,” said Lanning, who finished with 190 yards passing and 67 on the ground. “I need to step up, some other guys need to step up and we’ve got to get this thing turned around in the fourth quarter. All we had to do was win one quarter. We told ourselves if we could get to the fourth quarter, give ourselves a chance to win the fourth quarter, that’s what we wanted. But we didn’t execute.”
Park threw for 93 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice.
Iowa State visits Texas (2-3, 0-2 Big 12) next week.
AT STILLWATER, OKLA.
Oklahoma State 38, Iowa State 31
Iowa State 3 14 14 0—31
Oklahoma State 7 7 7 17—38
Isu—FG Netten 35, 5:53.
Okst—Seales 33 pass from M.Rudolph (B.Grogan kick), 4:13.
Isu—Al.Lazard 3 pass from J.Park (Netten kick), 12:59.
Okst—Ju.Hill 5 run (B.Grogan kick), 5:51.
Isu—Dv.Montgomery 1 run (Netten kick), 2:58.
Isu—Ryen 35 pass from Lanning (Netten kick), 12:13.
Isu—Al.Lazard 18 pass from Lanning (Netten kick), 5:55.
Okst—Jm.Washington 35 pass from M.Rudolph (B.Grogan kick), 2:24.
Okst—McCleskey 3 pass from M.Rudolph (B.Grogan kick), 14:51.
Okst—FG B.Grogan 30, 11:33.
Okst—Jm.Washington 3 pass from M.Rudolph (B.Grogan kick), 3:40.
RUSHING—Iowa State, Lanning 18-67, Mi.Warren 9-50, Dv.Montgomery 7-29, Ds.Jones 3-25, J.Park 4-(minus 1). Oklahoma State, Ju.Hill 18-57, J.Carr 1-33, Jm.Washington 1-16, Ba.Sanders 4-9, R.Childs 3-8, M.Rudolph 3-1.
PASSING—Iowa State, Lanning 19-32-0-190, J.Park 6-12-2-93. Oklahoma State, M.Rudolph 26-44-0-351.
RECEIVING—Iowa State, Ryen 6-74, Al.Lazard 6-55, Ca.Epps 5-60, Daley 3-73, Ds.Jones 2-12, Dv.Montgomery 1-8, Mi.Warren 1-4, Harms 1-1. Oklahoma State, Jm.Washington 8-152, McCleskey 5-74, Jarwin 3-24, C.Lacy 2-27, Ba.Sanders 2-20, Ju.Hill 2-16, R.Childs 2-5, Seales 1-33, Veatch 1-0.
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