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No. 19 Texas watches Big 12 title hopes die in walk-off loss to Iowa State

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No. 19 Texas went to Ames on Saturday afternoon knowing a win over Iowa State and a No. 10 Oklahoma win over No. 13 Baylor tonight meant a de facto Big 12 semifinal between the Longhorns and Bears next Saturday.

However, a season-high nine punts, eight three-and-outs, a failed fourth down try and a catastrophic offsides penalty conspired to cancel that semifinal before it began, as Iowa State beat Texas, 23-21.

The win is sweet triumph for Iowa State (6-4), whose four losses came by one, two, seven and one point.

Despite the 2-point margin, Iowa State dominated the first three quarters of the game.

It appeared Iowa State would take a 10-0 lead into the break, as Texas took over the ball at its own 25 with 47 seconds left in the first half, having gained 59 yards on their first 24 snaps. Instead, the Longhorns briefly came alive, covering 75 yards in alternating passes to Devin Duvernay and Brennan Eagles, bridging the gap to 10-7 and giving the visitors momentum heading into the break.

That momentum did not last. Brock Purdy found Deshaunte Jones wide open behind the defense on the first play from scrimmage of the second half, putting the Cyclones back up 10. Brayden Narveson then pushed the lead to 20-7 on a 48-yard field goal with 12:09 to go in the third quarter, and Texas answered by registering its sixth and seventh three-and-outs of the day.

The Longhorns finally got off the mat late in the third quarter, moving 80 yards in 10 plays and scoring when Sam Ehlinger hit Keontay Ingram on 3rd-and-10 for a 21-yard touchdown, a play when he leaked out of the backfield and punished a zero blitz.

When the Texas defense forced a punt with 12:20 to play, the Longhorns took over at their own 11 and put together a marathon, miracle 15-play, 89-yard touchdown drive in which Texas overcame a 2nd-and-35 and, later, took the lead when Ehlinger found Malcolm Epps for a 7-yard touchdown on 4th-and-goal, giving Texas a 21-20 lead with 5:37 to play.

Iowa State gained a first down on the ensuing possession, and prepared to go for a 4th-and-5 from midfield, but a delay of game forced Matt Campbell to send the punting unit on the field, giving Texas the ball and the lead for the first time of the game. The Longhorns did nothing with it, running for no gain on first and second down and throwing incomplete on third, marking their eighth three and out of the game. Chris Naggar‘s ninth punt, a season high, sailed and rolled 67 yards, pushing the Cyclones back to their own 18, but they were in Texas territory in two plays thanks to a 15-yard strike to Jones and a 22-yard grab by La'Michael Pettway, while fighting off pass interference.

Jalen Green eventually forced an incompletion on 3rd-and-4, setting up a 44-yard field goal with 2:16 to play. But Narveson’s try never happened, because Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai jumped offside, putting the Iowa State offense back on the field.

Having exhausted all its timeouts to set up the first try, Texas could not stop as Iowa State ran the clock down to just four seconds. This time, Connor Assalley tried from 36 yards, and it was good, clinching Iowa State’s first walk-off field-goal win since 1983.

The loss drops Texas (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) out of Big 12 title contention and will send them back to Austin wondering what might have been. In addition to the Ossai penalty, Texas also blew an opportunity in the second quarter, when D'Shawn Jamison intercepted a Purdy pass at the Iowa State 39 but Texas stubbornly refused to throw the ball on the possession, running sight straight times, including for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-2 from the Iowa State 22.

For the game, Texas ran for 54 yards on 26 carries, 27 of them by Ehlinger, who completed 22-of-40 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 9 Oklahoma stops 2-point try to avoid epic collapse to Iowa State

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A 42-21 lead with 3:47 to go in the third quarter seemed to put the game in hand for Oklahoma but, with 24 seconds left in the game, Oklahoma’s defense found itself needing to stop a 2-point try from a resurgent Iowa State to avoid an epic collapse not only to its seemingly-well-in-hand win, but to its College Football Playoff hopes.

Before we tell you what happened, you have to know how we got there.

Trailing 35-14 at the half, took the ball to open the third quarter and rolled 75 yards in eight plays — six of them runs — to pull within 35-21. The Cyclones then forced a three-and-out to get the ball with a chance to make it a one-score game, but Oklahoma then rolled 97 yards in 10 plays, and when Kennedy Brooks broke free for a 48-yard touchdown run with 3:47 to go in the third quarter, Oklahoma was back up 42-21 and the game was back in comfortable territory.

But the Cyclones would not relent. They went 69 yards in eight plays, scoring on a 3-yard toss from Brock Purdy to Chase Allen on the first play of the fourth quarter.

CeeDee Lamb, who was otherwise excellent throughout the game, fumbled the ball to Iowa State at the Cyclones’ 32-yard line two plays after that, and Iowa State slowly, methodically drove into scoring territory with a chance to pull within 42-35. Knowing a field goal would not get the job done, Matt Campbell went for a 4th-and-10 at the OU 19 with 10:09 to play, which was picked up on a 10-yard strike from Purdy to Deshaunte Jones. However, when Purdy’s 4th-and-goal pass from the 13 sailed incomplete with 7:37 to go, it seemed the comeback effort was dead.

But Iowa State still wouldn’t die. The Cyclones forced a punt, then breezed 80 yards in four plays, pulling within 42-35 on a 33-yard toss from Purdy to Sean Shaw, Jr. with 3:35 left.

Oklahoma’s offense, suddenly gone cold, ran for two and one yards on first and second down on an “all right, let’s put this thing away” drive.. and then, on 3rd-and-7, Jalen Hurts scrambled and tossed an interception to Iowa State’s Lawrence Wright, who raced the ball to OU’s 35 with 2:30 left in the game.

And then, with 24 seconds left, Purdy lofted a ball to Norman native Charlie Kolar for a 13-yard touchdown, pulling a game that was 42-21 to start the quarter was now 42-41. Campbell elected to go for two when Oklahoma, going on five consecutive games without a takeaway, finally got one when Parnell Motley wrestled the ball away from La'Michael Pettway to secure the win.

No. 9 Oklahoma’s 42-41 win kept the Sooners (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) in the Playoff hunt, avoided OU’s first back-to-back regular season losses since 1999 and avoided a 2-game home losing streak to Iowa State (5-4, 3-3 Big 12), who stunned the Sooners in Norman in 2017.

Before the near-collapse, Oklahoma raced to a lead behind the heroics of Jalen Hurts.

The senior accounted for all five of OU’s first half touchdowns, finding Lamb for scores of 48 and 63 yards, Trejan Bridges for a 7-yard score, and running in from eight and two yards out. For the game, he went 18-of-26 for 273 yards with three scores and a pick while rushing 22 times for 68 yards and two scores. Brooks, rarely used in the loss to K-State, rushed 15 times for 132 yards and a score, while Lamb caught eight passes for 167 yards.

Purdy finished the game 19-of-30 for 282 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions, but it’s the one pass that doesn’t show up in the box score that will stick in his mind whenever he thinks of this game.

Delayed gratification: No. 19 Iowa storms back to beat Iowa State and capture Cy-Hawk for fifth straight time

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The waiting is the hardest part, Tom Petty told us all. Fans of Iowa and Iowa State lived it out all too well on Saturday as their annual battle for the Cy-Hawk Trophy turned into an all-day affair that ended with yet another one-score classic that will have the state talking for next several years.

The Hawkeyes wound up pulling out the 18-17 victory, making big plays down the stretch in the second half to beat their rival Cyclones for the fifth time in a row. Both sides waited out two first half weather delays, spanning nearly three hours total, to cap off the thriller in wet conditions that was anything but easy for all involved.

QB Nate Stanley kept his record perfect against the school across the state, throwing for 197 yards and making several clutch passes in the second half to put his team in position to win. He did most of the heavy lifting offensively given how tough it was to run the ball (117 yards on the ground) in the hard-hitting affair. Iowa had their chances to break open the game earlier on but couldn’t quite find the end zone as they settled for a number of early field goals. Eventually Stanley found pay dirt in the third quarter by running in a keeper and helped lead the go-ahead drive midway through the fourth.

The loss was tough to handle for the home crowd in Ames, which was fired from their first appearance from ESPN’s College GameDay early in the day but never could seize momentum they had from several big plays. Wideout Deshaunte Jones scored the game’s initial touchdown off a trick play by throwing it 51-yards down the field to La'Michael Pettway. ISU quarterback Brock Purdy was solid in first start in the series (he was on the bench last year as a true freshman) and threw for 276 yards and a touchdown, with most of the action going to receiver Tarique Milton (144 of those yards and the score).

In the end though, it wasn’t enough as the offense failed to even have a chance for a game-winning drive thanks to a muffed punt in the final 90 seconds. Iowa remains on their now-five game winning streak in the series and haven’t lost in Ames since 2011’s memorable triple overtime affair. Kirk Ferentz’ squad should move up in the polls given the chaos elsewhere in college football Saturday while their rivals can wonder what-if as they move into Big 12 play.

Iowa State waits out nearly three hour weather delay to lead No. 19 Iowa at “halftime”

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Iowa State waited an extra week to play rival Iowa given the Cyclones early season off date. They waited what seemed like just as long when it came to actually playing their rival on Saturday afternoon.

The annual Cy-Hawk Trophy battle was low-lighted by two weather delays totaling some 2 hours and 55 minutes, sending fans scrambling for cover before ISU took a slim 7-6 lead into the halftime break over their in-state rivals during one of the more unique non-conference games of the young season so far.

The home side had just four offensive drives in the first half, with their first being the best by a wide margin given that it resulted in a fun bit of trickeration as wideout Deshaunte Jones showed off his arms instead of his hands in tossing a 51-yard strike down to La'Michael Pettway for the game’s only touchdown.

QB Brock Purdy, who watched from the sidelines in last year’s edition, was 12-of-13 passing for 86 yards but also fumbled late in the second quarter. Counterpart Nate Stanley (102 yards passing) wasn’t quite as efficient but was able to move down the field to get the Hawkeyes in position for two field goals as the game wore on, one on their first drive before the delays hit and then one right before the break.

The weather does appear to be moving out of the area in Ames so the second half should be a lot crisper on the field but so far the folks on both sidelines have done a lot of waiting around and not much in terms of advancing toward the end zone after the first two extra long quarters.