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Iowa overcomes 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, beats Iowa State to keep hold of Cy-Hawk Trophy

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It wasn’t easy, but Iowa has maintained its stranglehold on the coveted Cy-Hawk Trophy

Trailing 31-21 at the start of the fourth quarter, Iowa outscored in-state rival Iowa State 23-10 the rest of the way to claim a 44-41 win in overtime.  It marked the Hawkeyes’ third-straight win in the series, although the previous two had come by a combined score of 73-20.

This was also just the second overtime game played between the two programs, the first coming in 2011 (a 44-41 ISU win).

After tying the score at 31-all with 5:16 to play on a Miguel Recinos 23-yard field goal, the Hawkeyes could only watch as, two plays later, Georgia transfer Jacob Park connected with Hakeem Butler on a 74-yard touchdown pass to reclaim the lead.  After an exchange of punts, Akrum Wadley nimbly scored on a pretty 46-yard pass-and-run from Nathan Stanley with 1:09 remaining in regulation that was mostly run.

In overtime, an ISU field goal on its first possession was trumped by Stanley’s fifth touchdown pass of the day, this one a five-yarder to Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

Wadley led all rushers with 118 yards on the ground, and accounted for 190 yards of total offense.  Stanley threw for 333 yards, while Park passed for 347 in a losing effort.

Iowa now leads the all-time series 43-22.

Baker Mayfield, Kansas pass rusher headline preseason All-Big 12 team

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The Big 12 on Wednesday unveiled its 2017 preseason all-conference teams, led, of course, by Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield. The 2016 Heisman Trophy finalist was named the league’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year and preseason All-Big 12 quarterback. Kansas’s Dorance ArmstrongJr., the conference’s leading returning sack man, was named the league’s preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Oklahoma, Texas and TCU led the conference with five selections, followed by Kansas State and Oklahoma State with four. Texas Tech and Iowa State claimed two selections, followed by West Virginia and Baylor’s one.

Yes, that adds up to 29 players.

Offensive Player of the Year: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Dorance Armstrong Jr., Kansas
Newcomer of the Year: Will Grier, West Virginia

Offense
QB: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB: Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
RB: Justin Crawford, West Virginia
FB: Winston Dimel, Kansas State
WR: Keke Coutee, Texas Tech
WR: Allen Lazard, Iowa State
WR: James Washington, Oklahoma State
TE: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
OL: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma
OL: Zach Crabtree, Oklahoma State
OL: Dalton Risner, Kansas State
OL: Austin Schlotmann, TCU
OL: Connor Williams, Texas
K: Clayton Hatfield, Texas Tech
KR/PR: KaVontae Turpin, TCU

Defense
DL: Dorance Armstrong, Jr., Kansas
DL: Poona Ford, Texas
DL: Malcolm Roach, Texas
DL: K.J. Smith, Baylor
DL: Reggie Walker, Kansas State
LB: Travin Howard, TCU
LB: Malik Jefferson, Texas
LB: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
DB: Kamari Cotton-Moya, Iowa State
DB: Tre Flowers, Oklahoma State
DB: Nick Orr, TCU
DB: D.J. Reed, Kansas State
DB: Jordan Thomas, Oklahoma
P: Michael Dickson, Texas

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 sticking around with No. 14 Oklahoma at halftime

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Iowa State has been known to surprise ranked Big 12 teams at home when the weather starts to get a little chilly and the Cyclones are at least hanging around against a big time opponent in the first half.

No. 14 Oklahoma jumped out to an early lead and held onto it against a pesky Cyclones offense to head to the locker room up 28-17 after two quarters.

Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield was naturally the focal point of his offense with tailbacks Joe Mixon (suspension) and Samaje Perine (injury) both not playing in the game, throwing four touchdowns and 244 yards to balance out an interception. Freshman Abdul Adams led the team in rushing with 54 yards on five carries after getting the start in the backfield.

Wideout Dede Westbrook was having a pretty quiet night until the final few minutes of the second quarter when he did what he has been doing to every Big 12 defense this season by hauling in a 65 yard touchdown pass to keep Oklahoma in the lead.

The Iowa State offense did take advantage of solid starting field position most of the half and were able to move the ball behind starting signal-caller Jacob Park. Receiver Allen Lazard is already up to 66 yards and a touchdown on the game while backup quarterback Joel Lanning briefly gave the team a lead with a 41 yard run that came on fourth down.

It should make for a fun second half with Oklahoma a little short-handed but needing style points for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee and Iowa State focused on another late season upset as they get the ball to start the third quarter.

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.