The Oklahoma State Cowboys entered today’s matchup with the Iowa State Cyclones in desperate need of a win, and that was exactly what they got.
The Cowboys and the Cyclones were locked in a defensive battle early as neither team did much with their first offensive possessions, but on a 3rd and 2 deep in their own territory, Cowboy quarterback Spencer Sanders threw a screen pass out to the left side to Biletnikoff favorite Tylan Wallace. Wallace used his strength and speed to run Iowa State defenders over and take it 71 yards to the house to put Oklahoma State on the board first midway through the opening quarter.
Iowa State was able to respond a couple of possessions later as they marched 83 yards in 7 plays to find the end zone. Cyclone quarterback Brock Purdy found former Norman North star Charlie Kolar for an 18-yard touchdown to tie it up at 7-7 to start off the second quarter.
The tie did not last for long, however, as it took Oklahoma State just 4 plays to get on the scoreboard again. Spencer Sanders hit Braydon Johnson for a 50-yard strike to put the Cowboys up 14-7.
The Cyclones took over and were able to move the ball down the field, but the Cowboy defense held up enough to force Iowa State into a field goal attempt, making it 14-10 midway through the second quarter.
The Cowboy offense continued the scoring barrage as it took just 4 plays again to find the end zone. This time, it was sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard who broke off a 65-yard run to score and make it 21-10.
Iowa State went to work on offense, and slowly but surely, they were able to move down the field. The Cyclones made it all the way down to the Cowboy 22-yard line before they were forced to kick another field goal, but this one missed.
The Cowboys were forced to punt after they failed to get a first down, and the Cyclones made it all the way into the red zone with time running out in the first half. After failing to find the end zone, they kicked a field goal to make it 21-13 at the half.
The second half started off with not much action until Spencer Sanders threw an interception, which gave Iowa State great field position. They used it to their advantage, and it took just 3 plays for the Cyclones to cross the goal line, making it 21-20.
The Cowboys were able to answer, kind of, as they marched far enough down the field to get into position to kick a field goal. Matt Ammendola stayed perfect on the season as he kicked it through to extend Oklahoma State’s lead to 24-20.
Oklahoma State opened up the fourth quarter with another field goal by Ammendola to make it 27-20, but an 11-play drive that took almost 6 minutes off the clock put the Cyclones in the end zone to tie it all up at 27-27 with 9 minutes left in the game.
The Cowboys were unable to score on the next possession, but defense stepped up in a big way as linebacker Malcom Rodriguez intercepted a pass on 3rd and 4 and ran it back 26 yards for a touchdown to put Oklahoma State up 34-27 with a little under 7 minutes to play.
The Cowboy defense again stepped up on the next possession with multiple tackles for a loss, including a sack on Brock Purdy on 3rd and long. A solid return from Dillon Stoner gave Oklahoma State great field position, but they were unable to convert on 4th and 1 at midfield, and all of a sudden it looked as if Iowa State might have a chance to to tie the game.
Just two plays into the possession, however, Amen Ogbongbemiga picked off Purdy—his second interception of the day—and the Cowboys were able to run some of the clock out before punting away to Iowa State with just 32 seconds left on the clock.
Three play laters, for the third time in three possessions, the Oklahoma State defense came up with interception as Tre Sterling grabbed it out of the air and sealed the win for the Cowboys on the road.