The Cyclones Shock The Sooners. What Does It All Mean?
In one of the biggest shockers of the season, Iowa State roared back in the second half to stun Oklahoma.
Iowa State 38, Oklahoma 31
Prediction: Oklahoma 41, Iowa State 20
Line: Oklahoma -28, o/u: 68.5
It’s not the end for Oklahoma.
This is the buffer. This is why the win over Ohio State at Ohio State means everything. Now, Oklahoma can still get to the College Football Playoff by winning out, but there’s no margin for error the rest of the way. Beat Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, TCU and West Virginia – along with the Kansas layup – and win the Big 12 title, go 12-1, and everything is fine.
Everything is not fine.
The Sooners took their foot off the gas a few weeks ago against Baylor, but it didn’t matter. This week, the offense just stalled in the second half. Baker Mayfield did what he could, but the rest of the O wasn’t making plays. This was the first time the lack of a veteran superstar receiver matters. This was when not having Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon mattered.
Oh yeah, Kyle Klempt. The newest Iowa State folk hero was brilliant. The walk-on smart guy who really is a student-athlete managed to complete 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three scores.
The coaching staff did a brilliant job of mixing in LB/former QB Joel Lanning, who completed 2-of-3 passes for 25 yards, and ran for 35 yards on nine carries.
And now Iowa State can think about a bowl game. It might not be strong enough to win the Big 12 title – or get to the championship game – but now at 3-2 with Oklahoma and Texas in the rearview mirror, the Cyclones get Kansas. Make it 4-2.
Going to Baylor isn’t a sure-thing, but if Iowa State is good enough to win this, and almost beat Iowa, it’s good enough to win at least three more games.
How hot is Matt Campbell now? The Iowa State head coach was already seen as a high-rising star, but with the program’s first road win over a top five team? The resume is looking better and better.