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Iowa State 37, No. 18 Oklahoma 30: Cyclones beat Sooners in Ames for first time since 1960

Iowa State starts October with a bang

Iowa State running back Breece Hall celebrates at the end of a Big 12 Conference football game against Oklahoma on Oct.
Iowa State running back Breece Hall celebrates at the end of a Big 12 Conference football game against Oklahoma on Oct. 3, 2020, in Ames. Iowa State won, 37-30. (Associated Press)

AMES — Iowa State led Oklahoma, 37-30, with 1:02 left in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma was driving.

On first down, Sooners quarterback Spencer Rattler heaved a pass toward the end zone from the Iowa State 34-yard line, but Iowa State freshman safety Isheem Young picked him off in the end zone.

Iowa State proceeded to run out the clock, beating No. 18 Oklahoma, 37-30, on Saturday night at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones handed the Sooners their first back-to-back losses since 1999 when they lost to Texas and Notre Dame in consecutive weeks.

Running back Breece Hall once again led the charge for Iowa State, rushing 28 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns against Oklahoma’s fourth-ranked rushing defense, which was only allowing 60 yards per game on the ground going into Saturday.

Hall rushed for just 41 yards in the first half, but in the second half, he found running lanes and broke off three plays of at least 10 yards.

Hall’s second touchdown was the game-winner for the Cyclones.

Hall had a 36-yard run that brought Iowa State to the 8-yard line. He finished it off on the next play with a touchdown run to give Iowa State the 37-30 lead with 4:06 left in the game.

“In the most critical moments tonight, he was certainly really special,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said.

“We were able to create some explosive plays in the second half,” Campbell said. “Those explosive plays helped create a little bit of a cushion, getting those extra hats out of the box. I’ll be anxious to watch the game in its entirety to see what and how the offensive line played. You have to be able to make some plays down field, and obviously we have a quarterback that allows us to do that.”

One of the explosive plays Campbell referenced that allowed Hall to find some running room was Xavier Hutchinson’s 65-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter.

The touchdown quarterback Brock Purdy threw to Hutchinson was a beautifully designed play action. Iowa State lined up in its two-tight end formation and Oklahoma bit hard on the play action and that left Hutchinson with one-on-one coverage against the cornerback.

“They did exactly what we wanted them to do,” Campbell said. “I really felt like they were getting extra hats in the box, especially those two outstanding safeties they have. You could almost feel those guys press toward the line of scrimmage as the game wore on. Xavier had to beat the corner, and he did. The throw was outstanding but for Xavier to break the tackle and make that play, that was a huge spark.”

Iowa State’s defense, which started off shaky, was huge in the fourth quarter. On top of Young’s interception, the defense held Oklahoma to just 4-of-13 on third downs and got key stops when it needed to.

Before Hall’s run, Iowa State’s defense forced a three-and-out and on third down, Mike Rose and Will McDonald combined for a sack of Rattler with 6:18 remaining.

“I give a lot of credit to coach (defensive coordinator) (Jon) Heacock,” Campbell said. “He was able to create pressure in the second half with some great schematic changes we were able to make in the second half. Mike took the block of the running back on that play and that allowed Will to be singled up and Will is one of those guys who keeps coming and keeps coming. He’s a relentless football player.”

In the three previous years, Iowa State outscored Oklahoma 69-27 in the second half. On Saturday, the Cyclones outscored the Sooners 24-13.

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The impressive second half led to a bit of history for the Cyclones — this was Iowa State’s first home win against Oklahoma since 1960, breaking a 24-game home losing streak.

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