AMES, IA - NOVEMBER 3: Fullback Dimitri Flowers #36 of the Oklahoma Sooners pulls in a touchdown pass as linebacker Kane Seeley #29 of the Iowa State Cyclones blocks in the first half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on November 3, 2016 in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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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 sticking around with No. 14 Oklahoma at halftime

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 8:  Matt Campbell coach of the Iowa State Cyclones watches game action against Oklahoma State during the second half of a NCAA football game at Boone Pickens Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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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

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 04:   Iowa State Cyclones mascot Cy the Cardinal watches the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys October 4, 2014 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The Cowboys defeated the Cyclones 37-20. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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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.

Iowa State suspends CB Nigel Tribune after OWI arrest

FORT WORTH, TX - DECEMBER 06:  Wide receiver Josh Doctson #9 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs with the football after a reception past defensive back Nigel Tribune #34 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the second quarter of the Big 12 college football game at Amon G. Carter Stadium on December 6, 2014 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Iowa State senior cornerback Nigel Tribune was suspended indefinitely after he was arrested for OWI Sunday, according to the Des Moines Register.

Tribune, a former second-team All-Big 12 player, was pulled over in Ames just before 3 a.m. Sunday. From the Register’s story:

According to police, Tribune had watery and bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He performed and failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test showed a result of over .08 — the legal limit.

“We are aware of the charges filed against Nigel and we are in the process of gathering more information,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said Sunday in a statement. “Nigel has been suspended indefinitely from the football team under the student-athlete code of conduct policy.”

Tribune, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., had 37 tackles and seven pass break-ups in 2015.

 

TCU, Texas only Big 12 teams not to have QBs at media days

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Seth Russell #17 of the Baylor Bears throws against Dakota Allen #40 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Like the SEC, the Big 12 Wednesday unveiled its list of players who will attend its upcoming media days.  Unlike the SEC, the quarterback position will be well-represented.

On the Big 12’s list of attendees, eight of the 10 teams in the conference will bring their starting quarterbacks to the July 18-19 event in Dallas.  The lone holdouts?  TCU and Texas, who, in fairness, have multiple players engaged in competitions at the position that will extend into summer camp beginning next month.

All but one Big 12 team will have at least three players, along with their head coaches, in attendance, with five — Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia — hauling in four players apiece.  The lone team not at least at that three-player minimum?  Scandal-plagued Baylor, which will be represented by interim head coach Jim Grobe and just two players — cornerback Ryan Reid and quarterback Seth Russell.

Anyway, below is the complete list of attendees:

Monday, July 18
Iowa State: Head coach Matt Campbell, QB Joel Lanning, WR Allen Lazard, DB Kamari Cotton-Moya
Kansas: Head coach David Beaty, QB Montell Cozart, LB Joe Dineen, Jr., S Fish Smithson
Oklahoma State: Head coach Mike Gundy, QB Mason Rudolph, S Jordan Sterns, WR James Washington, LB Chad Whitener
TCU: Head coach Gary Patterson, DE Josh Carraway, TB Kyle Hicks, LB Travin Howard, C Austin Schlottmann
Texas Tech: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury, OL Baylen Brown, QB Patrick Mahomes II, DB Justis Nelson

Tuesday, July 19
Baylor: Head coach Jim Grobe, CB Ryan Reid, QB Seth Russell
Kansas State: Head coach Bill Snyder, S Dante Barnett, QB Jesse Ertz, OL Dalton Risner, DE Jordan Willis
Oklahoma: Head coach Bob Stoops, LB Jordan Evans, QB Baker Mayfield, RB Samaje Perine, DB Ahmad Thomas
Texas: Head coach Charlie Strong, TE Caleb Bluiett, DT Paul Boyette, Jr., S Dylan Haines, OL Kent Perkins
West Virginia: Head Coach Dana Holgorsen, QB Skyler Howard, OL Tyler Orlosky, DL Noble Nwachukwu, S Dravon Askew-Henry