STILLWATER, Okla. — With three losses in four games and just 70 total points on offense, Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell hatched a plan to get freshman quarterback Brock Purdy some snaps.
Judging from the outcome on Saturday, there are likely many more opportunities to come for the rookie signal caller.
“We told Brock that he would play the second series and then see what happened from there,” Campbell said after Purdy threw for 318 yards, ran for another 84 and accounted for five total touchdowns in the Cyclones’ 48-42 upset victory over No. 21 Oklahoma State before 52,995 fans at Boone Pickens Stadium. “I just felt like there were some things that he could open up for us, and I thought he did a really good job today.”
Purdy was a three-star recruit from Gilbert, Az., who signed with Iowa State in February over scholarship offers from Alabama, Boise State, Central Florida and Texas A&M. The 6-foot-1, 202-pounder played two offensive plays in the Cyclones’ 26-13 home victory over Akron on Sep. 22, which Campbell said was an effort to bring the freshman along slowly. Beginning this season, the NCAA allows a player to participate in up to four games without losing his red-shirt, so there is added incentive to see what freshmen can do.
This one impressed.
“How do we continue to give our team the best opportunity to be successful?,” Campbell said. “There’s a lot of things that Brock’s going to look at that videotape that did really well, but there’s a lot of things that he’s going to have to have the ability to continue to improve for us to be successful, as well.”
Purdy completed passes to eight different receivers, four of which scored a touchdown. A TD toss late in the second quarter to Hakeem Butler gave the Cyclones a 9-7 lead it never relinquished.
The victory was the third in a row over a ranked team on the road for Iowa State (2-3, 1-2 Big 12), and its first win in Stillwater since 2000. The Cyclones were without star tailback David Montgomery – his first missed start in 22 games – who is still hampered by an upper arm bruise sustained last week at TCU.
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“There is a chance to get him back next week,” Campbell said. “I thought there was maybe a chance by the end of the week he might be able to play, but he just wasn’t ready yet.”
With the absence of Montgomery, the ability of Purdy to hurt the Oklahoma State defense with his running ability became a valuable component. Purdy led the Cyclones in rushing yards and his 29-yard TD scamper early in the second quarter capped an Iowa State surge of 16 points in a row.
“It forces another threat that you have to be ready for,” Campbell said. “He gives you a little bit of everything in terms of accountability for the quarterback. I think that is important and something that he certainly brings to the table. You saw that today a little bit at times where he was able to do some things both running and throwing.”
Senior Taylor Cornelius threw for 289 yards and also accounted for five total touchdowns for Oklahoma State (4-2, 1-2), which has lost five of its last seven Big 12 home games. Cornelius was sacked seven times.
Iowa State hosts eighth-ranked West Virginia (5-0, 3-0) next Saturday at Jack Trice Stadium.
AT STILLWATER, OKLA.
Iowa State 48, No. 21 Oklahoma State 42
Iowa State 9 21 10 8—48
Oklahoma State 7 14 7 14—42
Okst—Je.Woods 14 pass from T.Cornelius (Ammendola kick)
Isu—Safety, blocked punt o.b. in end zone
Isu—H.Butler 21 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick)
Isu—Purdy 29 run (Assalley kick)
Okst—L.Wolf 8 pass from T.Cornelius (Ammendola kick)
Isu—Croney Jr. 12 run (Assalley kick)
Okst—To.Johnson 28 pass from T.Cornelius (Ammendola kick)
Isu—Eaton 26 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick)
Okst—T.Cornelius 1 run (Ammendola kick)
Isu—Ds.Jones 23 pass from Purdy (Assalley kick)
Isu—FG Assalley 22
Okst—Js.Hill 5 run (Ammendola kick)
Isu—T.Milton 60 pass from Purdy (Croney Jr. pass from Purdy)
Okst—Ty.Wallace 42 pass from T.Cornelius (Ammendola kick)
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RUSHING—Iowa State, Purdy 19-84, Nwangwu 10-49, Croney Jr. 4-20, J.Lang 3-6, Z.Noland 1-(minus 10). Oklahoma State, Js.Hill 24-66, T.Cornelius 14-46, C.Hubbard 2-22, L.Wolf 1-6, Sinor 1-(minus 7).
PASSING—Iowa State, Purdy 18-23-1-318, Z.Noland 1-2-0-7. Oklahoma State, T.Cornelius 19-33-1-289.
RECEIVING—Iowa State, Ds.Jones 6-37, T.Milton 4-98, H.Butler 2-61, Eaton 2-43, Croney Jr. 2-6, L.Akers 1-55, Seonbuchner 1-16, J.Lang 1-9. Oklahoma State, L.Wolf 6-63, Ty.Wallace 5-82, To.Johnson 4-79, Je.Woods 2-33, D.Stoner 1-31, Js.Hill 1-1.
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