Blog Entry

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

Posted on: November 19, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 12:13 am
  •  
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

IOWA STATE WON. That's right, Iowa State. A game that most people felt would be a mere formality before Oklahoma State moved on to play Oklahoma in two weeks -- I include myself in that -- turned out to be one of the biggest shockers in college football this season. Some will say that this was an Oklahoma State team distracted by the tragic airplane crash that took the lives of women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna. Others will say that Oklahoma State got caught looking ahead to Oklahoma. Then there will be those who admit that Iowa State just beat Oklahoma State because it made plays when it had to and Oklahoma State didn't.

Whatever you want to feel happened on Friday night in Ames, you can't say you saw it coming.

WHY IOWA STATE WON. It started early with Iowa State's defensive scheme. The Cyclones continually brought pressure up the middle causing Brandon Weeden to move around, throwing the quarterback out of his rhythm. This led to an early turnover from Weeden, and Oklahoma State turning the ball over was a constant theme. On the night the Cowboys turned the ball over 5 times, and forced only 3 from the Cyclones.

WHEN IOWA STATE WON. This game may have needed two overtimes, but it may have ended when Quinn Sharp missed a field goal in the final seconds of regulation. Sharp's kick was wide right -- barely -- and you just got the feeling that this was just going to be Iowa State's night. After scoring on the first play of overtime, Iowa State allowed the Cowboys to tie the game and force a second overtime. Then, in that second overtime, Iowa State forced Weeden's third interception of the night. It then became a steady diet of Jeff Woody who accounted for all 25 yards on Iowa State's game-winning touchdown drive in the second overtime.

WHAT IOWA STATE WON. It's the first time Iowa State has beaten a team ranked #2 or higher in school history, and the victory gives the Cyclones its sixth victory of the season as well, making them bowl eligible. Still, this is nothing new for Paul Rhoads. Remember in 2007 when the high-scoring West Virginia offense was seemingly en route to the BCS title game only to be knocked off 13-9 by Pitt in the final game of the regular season? Well, Paul Rhoads was the defensive coordinator of that Pitt team. Seems stopping potent offenses on their way to a title game is becoming a Paul Rhoads specialty.

WHAT OKLAHOMA STATE LOST. Everything. This was a devastating loss to the Oklahoma State football team. No where near as important as the loss the school suffered on Thursday night, but this was an Oklahoma State team that was a few wins away from playing for a national title. Now that dream has been erased, and even though the Cowboys can still win the Big 12 and end up in the Fiesta Bowl, it won't feel like anything other than a disappointment now.

THAT WAS CRAZY. Coming into this game Iowa State was a four-touchdown underdog. When Texas Tech upset Oklahoma earlier this season, it was also a four-touchdown underdog.
  •  
Comments

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:34 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

What everyone is MISSING is that ISU, especially in their first FOUR conference games (all losses), fell victim to inextricable catastophic lapses after starting the year 3-0, including an exhilarating OT win over intra-state rival Iowa!   The Cyclones literally GAVE the game away to Texas...21 points on THREE turnovers in the FIRST QUARTER (alone), a very similar "wheels off the wagon" give-away-fest occured with the score 'run up' against A & M, and more excessive turnovers PLUS unbelievably horroble calls (officiating) that gave a win to Baylor!   The only game they really appeared NOT READY to play was against Mizzou,  

This upset DID surprise everyone, but only because CPR's squad FINALLY learned how NOT to self destruct...against TT, and now OK State.   KUDOS to Oklahona State, though.   The Cowboys' players and staff took NONE of the opportunities that they COULD have in making excuses...they gave respect and credit to an ISU squad that STILL ALMOST handed the game back to them (late 4th quarter interception after which OSU narrowly missed the 37 yard FG)!    Gundy, Weeden, & company are a CLASS ACT!  

The fact of the matter IS that the Big XII is still the MOST COMPETETIVE CONFERENCE IN THE NATION!   When you really analyze all of the games and the teams from top to bottom, it is TOUGH TO WIN in THIS conference!   The Cylones BARELY got by last place Kansas two weeks ago!   Baylor beat only Kansas 31-30 before overcoming Oklahoma!   Yes, the SEC has great teams...so do other conferences...but schools aren't fleeing this conference (Big XII) because the competition is TOO EASY!    A quick look at "Strength of Schedule" statistics can/will verify that!  
LSU can only HOPE to not have to face a tough, road tested Big XII foe if/when all the marbles are on the table!  



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:17 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

Dude your an idiot... Oklahoma couldn't play with Alabama or LSU's 2nd team so shut your pie hole!



Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:28 pm
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

Saving us from a boring title game??? This makes it possible for a rematch of LSU and Alabama, and another defensive battle like last time would be as boring as it gets.




Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:53 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

Pretty good stuff man!



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:44 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

Hoopin i don't know what you have been smokin but lay off the pipes. The BCS champion will be from the SEC. GET USE TO THE FACT OF IT. Gonna happen.



Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:40 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

The SEC is overated.  Oklahoma would beat either LSU or Alabama on a neutral field.



Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:54 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

I'm a grad student at ISU so I'm biased, but there was no way coming in the Cyclones would lose by the 4 TD line at home, on senior night.  ISU has played everyone this year pretty tough.  Weeden played his way out of the Heisman last night.
You probably are bias because I wouldn't call getting beat by 35 points on 2 occasions as playing everyone pretty tough. 'Id call it getting your ass kicked. Good on Iowa St though, nice win.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:28 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

I'm a grad student at ISU so I'm biased, but there was no way coming in the Cyclones would lose by the 4 TD line at home, on senior night.  ISU has played everyone this year pretty tough.  Weeden played his way out of the Heisman last night.



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:28 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

College football in general is overrated. Too watered down these days.



Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 7:31 am
 

QUICK HITS: Iowa State 37 Oklahoma State 31 2OT

I agree with OK State being over rated but REALLY, The teams of the SEC are over rated? Can you seriously say that with a straight face? Now there are a few teams that hold too high of a ranking but to put the SEC as a whole as being over rated is a bold statement to say the least.....


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com