STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma State defensive pass rushers entered the game with the fanfare, but it was the Cyclones who made the lasting impression on Saturday.
The Iowa State defense tied a school record with seven sacks of Oklahoma State quarterback Taylor Cornelius in a 48-42 win over the No. 21 Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium.
“We just game-planned for it,” said redshirt freshman linebacker O’Rien Vance, who prepped at Cedar Rapids Washington. “We knew his tendencies and our game plan came up and it worked out well.”
Entering the game, Oklahoma State led the nation with 24 sacks this season. While the Cowboys added four more to their season total, seven different players recorded a sack for Iowa State (2-3, 1-2 Big 12).
A Vance sack helped flip the momentum of the game midway through the first quarter. After the Iowa State offense failed to record a first down through two offensive possessions, Oklahoma State had a 7-0 lead and the ball. Faced with a third-and-11 at his own 16-yard-line, Oklahoma State senior quarterback Taylor Cornelius dropped back to pass. Vance surged past the Cowboys offensive line and brought Cornelius to the ground for a 9-yard loss that forced an Oklahoma State punt.
“I feel like it was really good,” said Vance, who also tallied five tackles, including two for loss. “We came out, we ran the call and it came up with me getting the sack.”
The snap went through the hands of Oklahoma State punter Zach Sinor, who was forced to kick the ball out of the back of the end zone for an Iowa State safety, the first of 16 unanswered points for the Cyclones.
Iowa State was also credited with five quarterback hurries.
Two more former Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors had a hand in the victory for Iowa State.
Sophomore receiver Landen Akers caught a 55-yard pass from freshman quarterback Brock Purdy that set up a second-quarter touchdown, while junior left tackle Julian-Good Jones helped protect Purdy from a powerful Oklahoma State pass rush.
“It’s great,” Vance said of having four Washington alumni on the Iowa State roster. “It’s basically like keeping home close to me and it is basically like having family members with me. It’s fun having them on the team.”
Another theft for Braxton Lewis
With 8:47 left in the game and Iowa State leading, 48-35, the Oklahoma State offense attempted to stage a late rally.
The Cowboys only got as far as their own 32-yard-line when Iowa State junior safety Braxton Lewis stepped in front of a Cornelius downfield toss for his third interception in three games.
The 5-foot-11 junior from Overland Park, Kan., is the first Iowa State player to intercept a pass in three-consecutive games since linebacker A.J. Klein in 2010.
Connor Assalley still perfect
Iowa State sophomore kicker Connor Assalley is 8-for-8 in field goal attempts this season, one of just three kickers in the nation without a miss and at least seven attempts. His 22-yard field goal with four seconds left in the third quarter gave the Cyclones their first double-digit lead of the game at 40-28.
That was then, this is now
The 48-42 victory was the first for the Cyclones against Oklahoma State in seven meetings. The last win for Iowa State in the series was the 37-31 double-overtime classic in 2011 at Jack Trice Stadium when Oklahoma State was undefeated and ranked second in the country.
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The last win in Stillwater for Iowa State was in 2000. That 33-26 win helped propel the Cyclones to a nine-win season that included an Insight Bowl victory.
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