ISU upset over No. 2 Oklahoma State fails to win ESPY Award


ISU coach Paul Rhoads runs out of the tunnel on Nov. 18, 2011, to take on No. 2 Oklahoma State. Iowa State pulled off the best victory of Rhoads’ coaching career on that day, defeating the No. 2 Cowboys, 37-31, in double overtime. 

Alex Halsted

With a double overtime victory over No. 2 Oklahoma State, the ISU football team gained national attention back in November. Nominated for ‘Best Upset’ in this year’s ESPY Awards, that attention continued and several members of the team headed to Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 11, for the decision. 

The Cyclones were up against the Los Angeles Kings and their Stanley Cup victory in the NHL, and both Leigh and Norfolk State, who were nominated for their victories in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in March.

In attendance representing Iowa State Wednesday evening was ISU football coach Paul Rhoads, linebacker Jake Knott, running back Jeff Woody, quarterback Jared Barnett and former cornerback Leonard Johnson. 

In the end, the Cyclones left empty handed as the Kings won the “Best Upset” award, which was one of 33 awards handed out during the night. The awards were decided by fan voting online.