Cy­clones’ come­back ends 27-year drought

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - By Cliff Brunt

NOR­MAN, Okla. — This Iowa State team is dif­fer­ent.

Kyle Kempt passed for 343 yards and three touch­downs, in­clud­ing a 25-yarder to Allen Lazard that put the Cy­clones ahead with 2:19 left, and Joel Lan­ning made plays on of­fense and de­fense to lead Iowa State to a stun­ning 38-31 vic­tory over No. 3 Ok­la­homa on Satur­day.

The loss snapped Ok­la­homa’s na­tion-lead­ing 14game win­ning streak and the Soon­ers’ 18-game run against the Cy­clones that dated to 1990. It was just Iowa State’s sec­ond vic­tory over Ok­la­homa since 1961, and the Cy­clones (3-2, 1-1 Big 12) did it with­out their start­ing quar­ter­back.

“There’s been a lot of ad­ver­sity at Iowa State for a long time and there’s been a cloud around us,” Cy­clones coach Matt Camp­bell said. “I think our kids said, ‘I’m sick of it, and we’re go­ing to keep grind­ing, keep swing­ing and get­ting bet­ter one day at a time.’ So at the end of it, here we are.” Kempt an­swers call

Kempt, the se­nior who had thrown just two passes in his ca­reer be­fore Satur­day, played be­cause reg­u­lar starter Ja­cob Park went on leave for undis­closed per­sonal med­i­cal rea­sons late this week. The Cy­clones re­mained con­fi­dent, de­spite hav­ing lost 20 straight against ranked op­po­nents. Iowa State’s last win over a Top 25 team came against TCU in 2012. It was Iowa State’s first road win over a top-five team.

The Cy­clones trailed 24-10 mid­way through the sec­ond, but outscored the Soon­ers 28-7 the rest of the way.

Lan­ning, who switched from quar­ter­back to line­backer in the off­sea­son, played both po­si­tions Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Des Moines Reg­is­ter, he’s the first Iowa State player since 1971 to get sig­nif­i­cant ac­tion both ways in a game. He ran for 35 yards, passed for 25 and had eight tack­les, a sack and a fum­ble re­cov­ery. He played 78 snaps.

“It was fun,” Lan­ning said. “Com­ing into an at­mos­phere like this, you can’t ask for any­thing bet­ter — es­pe­cially play­ing both ways. I can’t say enough about my team­mates and what they did to help me out. It was a lot of stuff go­ing on for me. I didn’t have my best game de­fen­sively, but we got the win.”

Iowa State fin­ished with 449 yards.

“We should have been bet­ter than that to­day,” Ok­la­homa de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Stoops said. “Our ex­e­cu­tion as a whole was not good enough. That falls on us as coaches. We haven’t played well the last cou­ple of weeks. We are just not mak­ing enough plays, and if you do that in this league you’re go­ing to come out on the short end of the stick.” Ri­ley’s first loss

It was the first loss for Soon­ers coach Lin­coln Ri­ley. Baker May­field passed for 306 yards and rushed for 57 the Soon­ers (4-1, 1-1), but his Heis­man hopes and Ok­la­homa’s play­off hopes took ma­jor hits.

“I think it’s a sense of com­pla­cency,” May­field said. “We’ve been talk­ing about it. It’s not like it’s not been ap­par­ent. We’ve let teams come back in games and give them hope. When you do that to a team that has their backs against the wall — we know ex­actly how it’s feels — it’s some­thing that you can’t do.”

Ian Maule / Tulsa World

Iowa State quar­ter­back Kyle Kempt, left, who passed for 343 yards and three touch­downs, cel­e­brates with de­fen­sive back Ka­mari Cot­ton-Moya af­ter the Cy­clones’ up­set of No. 3 Ok­la­homa at Nor­man, Okla.

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