Iowa State falls short with late rally against Oklahoma


#17 Darren Wilson attempting to catch a pass during the Iowa State vs Oklahoma State football game on Oct. 26.

Noah Rohlfing

The Cyclones fell just short in their return to primetime football Saturday night, losing to the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners 42-41 after a fourth-quarter comeback attempt.

Iowa State got off to a ragged start, with the Sooners scoring in four plays to take an early lead and forcing a quick three-and-out for the Cyclones. 

A shanked punt gave the Sooners good field position and seven plays later it was 14-0. The Cyclones then got a stop and scored their first touchdown on the game on a 40-yard Brock Purdy pass to Tarique Milton.

An 11-play drive for the Sooners gave them another touchdown and two-score lead early in the second quarter. One zig-zagging CeeDee Lamb touchdown later, Oklahoma held a 28-7 lead. A Dylan Soehner touchdown cut the defecit to 14 points once again. 

After a pass interference call was picked up and the Cyclones stalled at midfield, the Sooners drove 81 yards in 11 plays to put Iowa State behind 35-14 at the break. 

The Cyclones ran the ball out of the gate in the second half, scoring on a Purdy keeper to creep back within two scores. But the Cyclones were unable to make a stop when they needed it most, as a Kennedy Brooks touchdown run put the Cyclones down 21 again. It was the first time Iowa State had given up 40-plus points since a 48-40 win over Oklahoma State in October of 2018.

A turnover on downs at the Oklahoma 13 after forcing a CeeDee Lamb fumble was supposed to be a dagger, but a late Sean Shaw touchdown and a Lawrence White interception gave the Cyclones life.

A Charlie Kolar catch with 24 seconds left brought Iowa State within one, but the Cyclones did not convert the two-point conversion, as Purdy threw an interception and a wild comeback came one point short.

The Cyclones fall to 5-4 and 3-3 in the Big 12. Up next for Iowa State is a 2:30 p.m. home kickoff against Texas on Nov. 16.