Iowa State Random Recall: Oklahoma State


Photo: Jordan Maurice/Iowa State

Iowa State Head Coach Paul Rhoads greets his seniors before the Nov. 19, 2011, game against 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. 

James Powell

Editor’s note: Each week, the Iowa State Daily will look back on a notable matchup from the past between the Cyclones and whoever they are playing that particular week.

This week, assistant sports editor James Powell takes us back to the last time Iowa State beat the Cowboys in Ames, a 37-31 2OT victory in 2011.

As the 10-year anniversary of this game approaches, I found it appropriate to take Cyclone fans on a trip down memory lane and make a stop at one of Iowa State’s greatest victories.

Iowa State was 5-4 coming into this duel and was already having one of its more successful seasons as a program. Paul Rhoad’s third year saw them one game away from being bowl eligible with four games remaining.

Oklahoma State was ranked second in the nation coming into this game, and boasted a 10-0 record as it traveled to Ames.

The scoreboard indicated the Cowboys dominated the first half and into the third quarter, as they were up 17-7 at halftime. Iowa State’s lone touchdown came off a Jared Barnett pass to Darius Reynolds.

The stats indicate that Iowa State had the more dominant half on offense, out-gaining them 138-80 in the first quarter. They had two long drives result in zero points.

The turning point of the first half came on a Cowboy interception of Barnett that they returned for a touchdown.

The second half featured a furious comeback by the Cyclones, as they were down 24-7 before storming back to tie the game at 24 with five and a half minutes to go in the game. Oklahoma State gave their best effort to win the game in regulation, but a field goal was missed by the Cowboy kicker and to overtime they went.

Each team put up a touchdown in the first overtime session, Iowa State’s came in the form of a pass to receiver James White on their first offensive play.

After stopping the Oklahoma State offense in the second overtime, Iowa State’s Jeff Woody ran the ball in from four yards out, and Iowa State completed their upset of the second ranked team in the nation.

Iowa State’s quarterback Jared Barnett had 376 passing yards, and the leading receiver was Albert Gary with 109 yards. Barnett also led the Cyclones with 84 yards rushing.

This was Oklahoma State’s only loss of the season, and the win made Iowa State bowl eligible for the second time in their past three seasons under Rhoads.