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The last time the Oklahoma State came to Ames undefeated, the Cowboys let a 17-point lead slip through their fingers to squash their hopes of playing for a National Championship. This time around, and for the second time this season, it was Oklahoma State that found themselves down by 17 points, and for the second time this season the Cowboys overcame the deficit to stay unblemished.

They were feeling it in Ames, and Paul Rhoads pulled out all the stops with double pass plays and flea flickers to keep the Pokes on their toes in the fist half. Even without the trick plays though, the Cyclones have had their way with OSU’s vaunted defense early. Their first four drives went for three touchdowns and a field goal.

New starting quarterback Joel Lanning was phenomenal. He lead the Cyclones right down the field with a 75-yard drive to open up the game; capped off by a 24-yard touchdown run by the QB.

The “Cardiac Cowboys” lived up to their name though, and midway through the second quarter they started to find their stride. They put together a 16-play touchdown drive to cut the lead to 10 before the half, and as if by cue, the defense manged to slow down the Cyclone’s offense.

The Cowboys opened up with another long touchdown drive to open up the second half to pull within three, but just as OSU looked like they were going to take control of the game, a fumble by Oklahoma State tight end Blake Jarwin turned the momentum back over to the Cyclones. Four plays later Iowa State extended their lead back to 10.

The Cowboys didn’t panic though, and the defense buckled down. The Cyclones final four drives ended in punt, punt, turn over on downs, and an interception. The Cowboys game plan of establishing the run, or some resemblance of the run, paid off late, and they were able to methodically move the ball when they needed to. The Pokes scored the final 14 points of the game to escape Ames with the win.

It wasn’t pretty for the Cowboys, but it was a win, and that’s all that matters.

Game Stats

OK State

Iowa St

1st Downs  28 19
3rd Down Eff 11-17 6-13
4th Down Eff 1-1 1-2
Total Yards 497 411
Passing Yds 343 162
Comp-Att 26-38 11-22
Yds Per Pass 9.3 7.9
Rushing Yds 154 249
Rush Att 48 38
Yds Per Rush 3.2 6.6
Penalties 6-48 3-30
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles lost 1 0
Picks Thrown 0 1
Final Score 35 31
1st Qtr 7 17
2nd Qtr 7 7
3rd Qtr 7 7
4th Qtr 14 0

 

Key Point In The Game

Late in the fourth corner Oklahoma State picked up what could be the more fortunate false start in the history of the school. With time running out and down three, the Cowboys faced third and ten from their own 35-yard line. Mason Rudolph took the snap, dropped back, and sent the ball sailing towards the sticks. In a bit of miscommunication though, the receiver never looked back for the ball, and the pass landed harmlessly on the sidelines.

It could have been game over the Pokes, but left tackle Victor Salako saved the drive before the incomplete pass ever left Rudolph’s hand. Salako moved before the snap, and yellow laundry on the field meant OSU had another chance to convert third down. They took advantage of the second opportunity, converted the down, and six plays later the Cowboys took the lead. The rest, as they say, is history.

Emptying The Notebook

Before Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoop made the decision to punt again Oklahoma State had lost five in a row. Since, the Pokes are 12-0, and Mason Rudolph has beaten every Big 12 teams except for Baylor.

For the first time this season Oklahoma State put together something resembling a ground game. It’s wasn’t great, and it wasn’t pretty at times, but it’s a start.

Oklahoma State’s punter is secretly their best weapon.

Gundy said after the game he was hoping OSU would score with just a minute left. Playing the last drive to intentionally run down the clock, while down in the game, is incredibly ballsy.

Why hasn’t Lanning been playing the whole season? Maybe Rhoads was onto something giving Mark Mangino the boot. The Cyclones have been a completely different team since.

Marcell Ateman was clutch. He had several 3rd-down catches when the Cowboys were struggling to hold onto momentum. None bigger than this one that set up an OSU touchdown.

Where was this out of Paul Rhoads earlier this season? He was fired up after the officials called this short of the first down.

Uh… Well this isn’t good.

Tweeting angry comments to players is pretty classless, but OSU kicker Ben Grogan handled it to perfection.

Uh, what is happening here?

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