NORMAN, Okla. – An Iowa State two-point conversion attempt in the final minute was broken up, and No. 9 Oklahoma survived a furious Iowa State fourth-quarter rally, 42-41, on Saturday night at Gaylord Memorial Stadium.
The Cyclones fall to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in Big 12 action, while Oklahoma improves to 8-1 and 5-1 in the Big 12.
Down by 21 going into the final quarter, the Cyclones clawed all the way back, as Brock Purdy found tight end Charlie Kolar for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds remaining to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 42-41. Iowa State elected to go for two and the win, but Purdy’s pass was broken up, as the Cyclones fell in a heartbreaker.
The Sooners raced out to a 14-0 lead less than six minutes into Saturday night’s contest, striking first on a 48-yard touchdown reception by CeeDee Lamb on the first possession of the game. OU then added an eight-yard Jalen Hurts scoring rush with 9:28 to play in the first quarter.
Iowa State found its footing on the ensuing possession with a five-play, 88-yard drive, capped by Tarique Milton’s 40-yard catch and run for a touchdown, cutting the deficit to 14-7 with 4:21 to play in the first. Oklahoma would then score 14 unanswered to extend its lead to 28-7.
Tight end Dylan Soehner scored his first career touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Brock Purdy, cutting the OU lead to 28-14 with 6:00 remaining in the first half. The Sooners tallied a two-yard Hurts touchdown late to take a 35-14 lead into the intermission.
The Cyclones marched 75 yards – including 66 from freshman running back Breece Hall – for an eight-play touchdown drive to open the third quarter. Purdy capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown rush to cut Oklahoma’s lead to 35-21.
The two teams then traded touchdown drives, and Purdy found Chase Allen for a three-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 42-28. Purdy would later find Sean Shaw Jr. for a 33-yard touchdown strike to make it a one-score game with just 3:35 to play.
Lawrence White picked off Jalen Hurts on the ensuing Sooner drive and returned it to the OU 35 to set up the Cyclones’ final drive – falling short on the potential go-ahead two-point conversion attempt.
Players of Note…
Hall finished the game with 143 yards, 110 on the ground and 33 receiving yards. The freshman carried the ball 18 times, averaging 6.1 yards per carry.
Purdy completed 19-of-30 pass attempts for 282 yards and a career-high five touchdowns.
Linebacker Marcel Spears Jr. finished with 10 tackles, one sack and 1.5 TFL.
Cyclone Quick Hits
*Purdy’s five touchdown passes tied a single-game school record (Todd Bandhauer, Steele Jantz).
*Purdy has thrown a touchdown pass in nine consecutive games, tied for the third-longest streak in school history.
*Deshaunte Jones had four catches to move into No. 3 on ISU’s career receiving list (164).
*Tarique Milton recorded his third touchdown catch of 40 yards or longer this season.
*Tayvonn Kyle registered his first career start and made a career-high 1.5 TFL.
*Iowa State’s 41 points are its most scored in the series against Oklahoma (40 in 1989).
Iowa State returns home to take on Texas on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at MidAmerican Energy Field at Jack Trice Stadium. The game will be televised by FS1.