Mi­nus start­ing quar­ter­back, Cy­clones stun No. 3 Soon­ers

IOWA STATE 38, OK­LA­HOMA 31 Kempt, Lan­ning help ISU end long series drought

The Washington Post 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 14-game win­ning streak and the Soon­ers’ 18-game run against the Cy­clones that dated from 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, a 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.

Lan­ning, who switched from quar­ter­back to line­backer in the off­sea­son, played both po­si­tions Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Des Moines Reg­is­ter, the se­nior is 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. It was fun. 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 got it go­ing af­ter a rough start and fin­ished with 449 to­tal yards.

“We should have been bet­ter than that to­day,” Ok­la­homa de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mike Stoops said. “Some of the old scars kind of re­peated them­selves to­day. 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.”

It was the first loss for new Ok­la­homa Coach Lin­coln Ri­ley. Baker May­field passed for 306 yards and rushed for 57 for the Soon­ers (4-1, 1-1), but his Heis­man hopes and Ok­la­homa’s Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off prospects 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 feels — it’s some­thing that you can’t do.”

The Cy­clones, heavy un­der­dogs, didn’t need tricks or a slew of take­aways to beat the Soon­ers. Iowa State got back in the game with 21 straight points to take the lead af­ter fall­ing be­hind 24-10.

It was the sec­ond straight game that the Soon­ers didn’t dom­i­nate as ex­pected. Though Ok­la­homa’s of­fense purred as usual, the de­fense strug­gled against a team that scored just seven points against Texas with Park.

Ok­la­homa also strug­gled in a 49-41 win over Bay­lor two weeks ago. The de­fense that looked dom­i­nant in non­con­fer­ence play has been leaky dur­ing Big 12 ac­tion.

“It’s just how it’s go­ing right now,” Stoops said. “We’re not ex­e­cut­ing well enough. Whether we have too much in or not enough in for play­ers to be able to do their jobs well and do it con­fi­dently — we cer­tainly have to look at that as well.”

The loss could drop the Soon­ers out of the top 10. Iowa State is im­proved but a few vic­to­ries away from be­ing ranked.

The Cy­clones did get to plant a flag — like May­field did af­ter a vic­tory at Ohio State — at mid­field of Gay­lord Family-Ok­la­homa Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

Ok­la­homa run­ning back Ab­dul Adams left the game in the first quar­ter with a right leg in­jury and did not re­turn to ac­tion. The Soon­ers’ lead­ing rusher head­ing into the day stood on the side­line in the sec­ond half with a brace that cov­ered his right foot and calf. Ri­ley did not have an up­date af­ter the game.

Iowa State hosts Kansas next Satur­day, while Ok­la­homa plays Texas in Dallas.


Play­ing both quar­ter­back and line­backer, Iowa State’s Joel Lan­ning car­ries the ball, at top, and later sacks Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Baker May­field in the fourth quar­ter, above.

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