2. Iowa State 48, Oklahoma State 42
If you had told Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy before the game that Iowa State starting quarterback Zeb Noland would only throw for seven yards and star running back David Montgomery wouldn’t play, he’d have loved everything about his chances.
Instead, Cyclone freshman Brock Purdy stepped in and completed 18-of-23 passes for 318 yards and four scores with a pick, and he ran for 84 yards and a touchdown.
It’s exactly what the sputtering Iowa State offense needed at just the right time.
Purdy did everything for the Iowa State attack, and he needed to with Taylor Cornelius throwing for four touchdowns and running for another for the Cowboys.
But the rest of the OSU offense fell flat, Justice Hill was wrapped up for 66 yards and a score, and now, Oklahoma State’s season just took a miserable twist it couldn’t afford.
The Cowboys had to own the home game with four of the last six games on the road, and with Oklahoma, West Virginia, TCU and Texas still to go.
And now, as insane as it might seem, the Oklahoma State is going to have to fight just to go bowling if the defense can’t be better at slowing down the midrange, physical receiving corps.
But this is all about Iowa State turning its season around. It needs Montgomery back, and it needs the defense to be far better on third downs and hope the offense can control the clock more, but it was the win over the team it couldn’t get past last year.