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QB Baker Mayfield helps No. 14 Oklahoma win 18th straight over Iowa State

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Oklahoma entered Thursday night with a 17 game win streak against Iowa State and had never lost at Jack Trice Stadium.

The Cyclones, meanwhile, had been one of the more dangerous teams late in the season — despite their record — and had a habit of upsetting highly ranked teams in Ames late in the year.

While it looked at times like the home team was threatening to pull a wild Big 12 upset, they ended up becoming the latest victim of Baker Mayfield and a potent Sooners offense 34-24.

The quarterback threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns (along with an interception) in yet another efficient performance to keep Oklahoma’s record perfect in conference play. There was a lot resting on the shoulders of the signal-caller as the result of the team’s top two tailbacks both being out (Joe Mixon because of a suspension, Samaje Perine due to injury) but he did more than enough through the air with his arm and by using his feet to escape some constant defensive pressure.

Receiver Dede Westbrook had yet another big outing, continuing his stellar play with a 131 yard, one touchdown night. Fullback Dimitri Flowers led Oklahoma in rushing with 115 tough yards while freshman tailback Abdul Adams chipped in with 54 yards in limited work.

Iowa State knew what it was like to be without their starting running back as Mike Warren did not play after dealing with an injury. Backup quarterback Joel Lanning was the team’s only big rushing threat (61 yards, one score) while quarterback Jacob Park threw two touchdown passes but couldn’t find the end zone enough to pull off the upset.

The win wasn’t the most impressive of the year by Oklahoma by any stretch but better teams have fallen to ISU in similar spots. The victory keeps them atop the Big 12 standings and gives them a little extra rest as the prepare to host Baylor in a big game next week.

Iowa State loses most, and only, experienced offensive lineman to leg injury

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First-year Iowa State coach Matt Campbell will be without his most, and only, experienced offensive lineman after junior tackle Jake Campos suffered a leg injury that will keep him out indefinitely. The Ames Tribune reported Campos has a broken leg and will miss the 2016 season.

Campos was a former four-star recruit who Rivals rated as the No. 1 player in Iowa in the prep class of 2013, and accounted for 23 of the 24 returning starts on the Cyclones’ offensive line.

Iowa State did bring in graduate transfer center Brian Bobek, who started five games for Minnesota last year before suffering a season-ending injury.

The Cyclones return 1,339-yard sophomore running back Mike Warren, though he may have a tough time replicating those numbers without much help up front.

Matt Campbell era at Iowa State starts with clean slate for all

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As is often the case when a new head coach takes over a college football program, the slate has been wiped clean at Iowa State by new head coach Matt Campbell.

Everybody starts with a clean slate, with no preconceived notions,” Campbell said Tuesday. “We’ve said that from day one — allow these guys to start from scratch and really allow them to see what they look like over a period of time.”

Most teams will release a depth chart once spring football practices open, but Campbell opened his first Iowa State spring practice without releasing any such depth chart. That drives home the idea that everybody is competing for playing time and being given a true clean slate before nay decisions are made by the coaching staff.

“There are some guys that have stood out,” Campbell said of winter conditioning drills. “For me to give names right now I think is unfair until we see practice. I think some guys really did some great things in winter conditioning.”

Campbell is expected to bring a run-heavy focus to the Iowa State offense, just as he worked with at his previous stop in Toledo. That may take some time to come together though because the Cyclones are revamping their entire offensive line with the notable exception of one player. Iowa State’s offensive line loses players that started a combined 111 games and right now is working without junior Jake Campos following hip surgery. Mike Warren figures to be a key player in Iowa State’s offense again this season no matter how long it takes the offensive line to gel. As a freshman in 2015, Warren rushed for a team-high 1,339 yards and was second on the team with five rushing touchdowns. Joshua Thomas, also a freshman in 2015, contributed on the ground last season as well with a team-high seven touchdowns.

Alabama, Clemson each land two on FWAA Freshman All-America Team

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Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive back Marlon Humphrey and Clemson offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will be playing a rather important game in just a number of hours, but they each received one more honor for the 2015 season. Each was named to the Freshman All-America Team on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers were among some of the more household names appearing on the Freshman All-America team from the FWAA on Monday. The FWAA also included first-year Houston head coach Tom Herman as its First Year Coach of the Year. Herman beat out finalists Jim Harbaugh of Michigan and Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh. The Freshman All-American team featured 10 redshirt freshmen this season and included 12 players for both offense and defense, with five more specifically for special teams.

2015 FWAA Freshman All-America Team

OFFENSE

  • QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
  • RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
  • RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
  • RB Mike Warren, Iowa State
  • WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
  • WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee
  • WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
  • OL William Clapp, LSU
  • OL Will Noble, Houston
  • OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
  • OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
  • OL Connor Williams, Texas

DEFENSE

  • DE Walter Brady, Missouri
  • DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
  • DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
  • DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  • LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
  • LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
  • LB Malik Jefferson, Texas
  • DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  • DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State
  • DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
  • DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
  • DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

SPECIAL TEAMS

HEAD COACH

  • Tom Herman, Houston

Sooners big winners as Big 12 reveals postseason honors

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The honor train keeps rolling down the tracks and throughout the country, with the latest stop coming in the Big 12.

Shortly after the ACC did their thing, the Big 12 did theirs, announcing all of the Player of the Year recipients as well as all-conference teams.  After leading one-loss Oklahoma into the College Football Playoff as a No. 4 seed, Bob Stoops has been named as Coach of the Year.

A big reason for that honor was OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, who was named as the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year.  One more honor came the Sooners’ way as wide receiver Dede Westbrook was named Offensive Newcomer of the Year.

Below are the remaining Players of the Year, followed by the first- and second-team All-Big 12 squads, which was heavy on the Sooners as the conference champs landed nine alone on the first team.  TCU was next with five:

CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Andrew Billings, Baylor, DT, Jr., Waco, Texas
Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State, DE, Jr., Houston, Texas

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Demond Tucker, Iowa State, DL, Jr., Hazelhurst, Miss.

OFFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Mike Warren, Iowa State, RB, Lawton, Okla.

DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Malik Jefferson, Texas, LB, Mesquite, Texas

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Morgan Burns, Kansas State, KR/PR, Sr., Wichita, Kan.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Spencer Drango, Baylor, Sr., Cedar Park, Texas

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Andrew Billings, Baylor, Jr., Waco, Texas

All-Big 12 First Team

All-Big 12 Second Team