Karma has proven that, once again, she’s just flat nasty.
After Oklahoma’s Week 2 win over Ohio State in Columbus, Baker Mayfield created quite the kerfuffle by running to midfield and “planting” an OU flag in the fake turf on the Horseshoe’s 50-yard line. The next day, Mayfield apologized, saying he “did not mean for it to be disrespectful toward Ohio State at all.”
After Week 6, expect another flag-related apology — this one from a Mayfield opponent.
In Norman Saturday afternoon, Iowa State stunned Oklahoma by dropping the previously unbeaten Sooners 38-31. After the game, one Iowa State player, Evrett Edwards, gave Mayfield and the Sooners a taste of their own medicine.
And Mayfield’s response to his home turf getting Mayfielded?
When it comes to getting back into the College Football Playoff, this is definitely something the Big 12 didn’t need.
Entering the game as a 30-point-plus favorite, No. 3 Oklahoma left with its first loss of the season as unranked Iowa State came into Norman and swiped a 38-31 win off the Sooners. All looked right in the first half as OU took a 24-13 lead into the halftime locker room.
The second half was all Cyclones, however, as a 14-point third quarter tied the game at 24-all, while, after trading touchdowns to start the fourth quarter, a Kyle Kempt (pictured) 25-yard touchdown pass to Allen Lazard proved to be the game-winner. Kempt started in place of Jacob Park, who has taken a leave of absence for an unspecified health issue.
The Sooners had one last chance to tie the score and send it into overtime, but turned the ball back over to the visitors on downs with just over a minute to play.
The loss snapped OU’s nation’s best 14-game winning streak. That honor now falls to defending national champion Clemson, which has now won 11 in a row.
Conversely, the win, ISU’s first over OU since September of 1990, was a significant one for a program that improved to 3-2 on the season.
The combination of this loss plus Oklahoma State’s loss to TCU two weeks ago leaves the Big 12 with just one undefeated team — No. 8 TCU, which is playing host to No. 23 West Virginia today. A Horned Frogs loss would, even this early on in the season, leave the conference in a precarious position when it comes to sending a team to the playoffs.
OU’s loss is also a setback of sorts for Ohio State, which lost to the Sooners in Week 2 and were hoping they would run the table to bolster their playoff case if it gets to that point.
On the eve of a road game against Big 12 favorite Oklahoma, Iowa State reportedly has to replace their starting quarterback. Jacob Park has taken a sudden leave of absence, according to The Des Moines Register, due to “unspecified medical concerns.” Park did not travel with the rest of the team as they prepare for a road game against the No. 3 Sooners.
It is not directly indicated by the report out of Des Moines whether those medical concerns are directly related to Park’s personal health or that of a family member or someone else, although the report does confirm Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell would not discuss medical issues related to his players (which is pretty common around college football due to privacy concerns and laws).
“Jacob is a great young man dealing with some personal medical concerns,” Campbell said in a statement. “We are committed to helping him cope, supporting him on all levels and helping him prepare to get back on the playing field with his teammates as soon as possible.”
Park has been Iowa State’s starter for all four game splayed thus far, and he has completed 61.7 percent of his attempts for 1,181 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions. Freshman Zeb Noland would figure to be the next man up for the Cyclones for however long is necessary. Noland has not thrown a pass since the season opener. The other option could be senior Kyle Kempt, who is listed third on the team’s official depth chart (Park was still listed at the top of the depth chart for this week’s game as of the time of this post.
“Color rush” uniforms are normally reserved for Thursday night NFL games but it appears the trend is spreading to Saturday’s too.
Oklahoma is the latest to jump on board the solid color uniform look, announcing on Thursday that they would be donning a new all-red (or is it crimson?) uniform for their Big 12 home opener against Iowa State.
Pretty slick look unless you happen to be a big fan of the burnt orange around Big 12 country. Interestingly, the program is using the hashtag #RedOnRed to promote the uniforms despite the school’s shade of the color officially being ‘Oklahoma Crimson.’
Additionally, the Sooners are hoping for fans to stripe Memorial Stadium on Saturday with crimson and cream depending on what section people are sitting in. It should all make for a neat atmosphere despite Iowa State only going with the white tops for their uniform choice — instead of the all-white ‘Color Rush’ look.
Not everything filters down from the NFL to college after all…
When you think Big 12 football, you probably use words like exciting, high-scoring, offensive and fun. Texas and Iowa State played a game Thursday night that was purported to be their conference opener in the same league, but could not use any of those adjectives to describe the action on the field.
Instead, the two teams combined for a slugfest that was filled with far more defensive highlights than big plays on offense as the Longhorns managed to capture their first Big 12 victory of the year 17-7. The ugly wins still count, of course, but it’s probably not the kind of triumphant return to conference play that former Cyclones assistant turned UT head coach Tom Herman wanted in Ames after a bye week.
Longhorns running back Chris Warren III scored the first points for the Burnt Orange at Jack Trice Stadium in nearly four years when he burst into the end zone on the team’s opening drive of the game and finished with 44 yards on a night where it was difficult for both teams to run the ball. The team’s other touchdown was set up by a turnover before quarterback Shane Buechele found Toneil Carter over the middle for a 22-yard strike that proved to be decisive. Kicker Joshua Rowland later booted a 49-yard field goal in the fourth quarter for good measure.
Buechele, who started for the first time since being injured back in Week 2, finished the night with 171 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
While his numbers weren’t great, at least they were a lot better than his counterpart Jacob Park. The Cyclones signal-caller was picked off three times by a feisty Texas defense and had a whopping 48 attempts but just 246 yards and a touchdown to balance it out (he was also sacked four times). While the home team was behind all game long, curiously young tailback David Montgomery managed only nine carries for 34 yards on the night.
At least Matt Campbell’s newly designed Cyclones helmets were slick.
But Texas will certainly take it after their struggles on the road in conference play the past few years. The Longhorns offense hasn’t quite taken off like many thought it would with Herman in charge but it certainly appears the defense is already one of the best in the league and will poise a big challenge for Kansas State next weekend.